In Hollywood, it’s commonplace to have celebrity couples look cute together, become an item, get married, only to get divorces years later. So when we hear of a couple making it to nearly 40 years, that’s something we have to talk about. And this year marks 38 years Samuel L. Jackson, the Hollywood actor whose movies have grossed more than any other actor and his wife LaTanya tied the knot. Wow, 38 years!
And Samuel will never forget it. In fact, he has his wife to thank for literally getting him where he is now.
The 70-year-old actor paid tribute to LaTanya, 69, and their 34-year-old daughter Zoe when he picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards. He praised his loved ones for urging him to go to rehab after finding him passed out one day.
He said: “The other two people that challenged me on a regular basis are my foundation and support, my daughter Zoe and my wife LaTanya.”
After what he calls a “crack-induced” meltdown, Jackson’s then 8-year-old daughter and his wife, LaTanya Richardson, discovered Jackson on the kitchen floor surrounded by drugs and paraphernalia. He entered rehab soon after.
“The two women that actually found me passed out on the floor after I left somebody’s bachelor party and put me in rehab the next day. And supported me and pushed me and give me a reason to get up and go and chase it day after day after day.”
“I was a f**king drug addict and I was out of my mind a lot of the time, but I had…