William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman — one of those rare Hollywood couples who appear capable of working in show business and remaining happily married — are each getting a star today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during what is being billed as a rare “double-star ceremony.”
The “Shameless” and “Desperate Housewives” actors, who will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in September, are only the second married couple to be honored jointly during a Walk of Fame ceremony. According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the first were producers Richard and Lauren Shuler Donner, who got their two-for-the-price-of-one dedication in 2008.
Huffman’s and Macy’s respective plaques will be placed next to each other on Hollywood Boulevard. According to the Chamber, only a handful of other couples have their names forever emblazoned, side-by-side, on one of L.A.’s most trafficked footpaths. In addition to the Donners (who are still married), those pairs include: former studio exec Sherry Lansing and filmmaker William Friedkin (still married), Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins (split), Sonny and Cher (later divorced), Ozzie and Harriet Nelson (remained married for 40 years until Ozzie Nelson’s death in 1975) and Betty White and Allen Ludden (married for nearly 18 years until Ludden’s death in 1981).
Actually, that’s a pretty decent track record. Not that Macy and Huffman need to share such company to prove their relationship’s longevity. In addition to double Walk of Fame ceremonies, singing together on the Golden Globe Awards is another classic sign of a very healthy marriage.