Actor Kevin Bacon and his wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick have defied the odds for over 32 years, becoming one of the few Hollywood power couples still together after three decades of marriage. Together they’ve raised two children, a son named Travis and their daughter Sosie.
Bacon is best known for his roles in incredible films like Footloose, JFK, A Few Good Men, Stir of Echos, and Apollo 13. Meanwhile, his wife has achieved notable success as a TV actress by playing on such popular shows as The Closer, which won both a Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award. The show ended in 2012 after seven remarkable seasons. She’s also remembered for her hilarious role in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Sedgewick has also starred in films such as Singles, Born on the Fourth of July, and Something to Talk About.”
She decided to take a break from action g after the birth of her children, but her career saw a resurgence as they grew older. She and her husband have enjoyed a very happy marriage, and both are absolutely devoted to their family.
Kevin and Barbara first met in the 70s, when Bacon played a role in a local play. Sedgwick and her brother were in attendance one night. However, it wasn’t romantic; Kevin was 19 at the time, and Barbara was only 12.
“A little girl was in there who had just seen the matinee, and her brother said, ‘You liked that actor, go tell him you liked him,’ and it was Kyra,” he said in 2014 when appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. “She was a little girl, yeah, she was 12 years old.”
However, Barbara had no interest in Kevin romantically at the time, as she did not think he was even her type! But, eventually, he would grow on her later in life, and by 1988, when she was 23, they married.
Today, they’ve been married for over 30 years. And in 2020, Bacon posted a cute throwback photo from their wedding as they celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. He took to his Instagram page to show his love and gratitude to his soulmate. Kevin wrote a touching message for his wife, gushing over all the incredible years they’ve spent together in the caption. He said, “Thanks for making them all count.”
The couple had also been through some tough times together, as in 2008, Kevin and Barbara were victims of history’s biggest Ponzi scheme and were defrauded of all their life savings.
“We found out when the world found out,” Sedgwick said, according to People. “We had both been working professionally — Kev since he was seventeen and me since I was fifteen — and it was our savings, all the money we had.… It was a hard day.”
While the financial loss was devastating at the time, the couple managed to rebound and said the experience made them appreciate the things in life that truly matter — their health and their children.
The lovebirds sat down with Glamour Magazine to discuss their decades-long relationship while explaining how they both support one another in every way.
Kevin admitted at the time:”Kyra felt really strongly that, when she started to have children, she needed to be there for them. In many cases, because of the kids, she would make decisions careerwise that weren’t the best for her career. We kept staying in New York because we wanted to raise them in New York, but there was more work in Los Angeles.”
While Barbara was the first to take the reins, her husband stepped up to the plate when she earned her career-defining role on The Closer.
“Then when The Closer came along—I don’t even look at this as a sacrifice—but the kids were still in high school or junior high and she had this opportunity to go out to California and to be a lead in a TV show. I said, ‘Listen, I’ll stay with the kids.’ In this case, this was the first time in our lives I said, ‘I’ll stay home, I won’t take anything.’”
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- “After 32 Years Of Marriage, Kevin Bacon Shows The World That He Still Has Immense Love & Gratitude For Wife Kyra Sedgwick” Apost.
- “Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick Mark 32 Years of Marriage: How They Got Through a ‘Scary’ Time” People. Ally Mauch. September 4, 2020.
- “Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s 31-Year Marriage Runs on Activism, Respect, and a Ukulele” Glamour. Samantha Leach. September 30, 2019.