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Robby Benson and Karla DeVito Are Still Married after More than Three Decades

Monica Otayza
Jun 08, 2019
10:09 A.M.
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Hollywood couple Robby Benson and Karla DeVito wax stronger as they seem to defy Hollywood’s breakup jinx. Three decades later, they continue to stand in awe of each other.

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Robby Benson took on the role of The Beast in the 1991 movie "Beauty and the Beast," and in real life, he too is a romantic.  He met his wife Karla DeVito years before he voiced the famous character on Broadway, where they both were working. 

She was cast on "The Pirates of Penzance," where Benson was asked to play her love interest. They immediately hit it off, and they've been together for decades. 

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THEIR FAMILY LIFE

Although their courting spanned just two months, the lovebirds knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They got married in 1982, welcoming their daughter Lyric a year later and their son Zephyr in 1992. 

More recently, he gushed about their growing family and how it's been as a grandfather to his daughter's children. "Being a grandparent is the greatest feeling you could ever wish to experience," he shared.

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FALLING IN LOVE

During the time they were on the play, Benson, who was more of a loner, revealed that DeVito’s performance while on the set of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera struck him and left an impression in its wake. He recounted:

“I was going on a nice, smooth course, and I wasn’t expecting to fall madly in love with anyone. And I’ve never been blown away by a performance, but when I heard Karla sing I was impressed to the point of being embarrassed.”

Robby Benson and Karla DeVito on October 23, 2015 in Parsippany, New Jersey | Source: Getty Images

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IT WASN'T THAT EASY

Theirs was a fairytale romance as Benson asked DeVito to be his wife two months after they met. However, she was for a while unsure of what she shared with the actor as she opened up about a debate within her. The multi-talented entertainer shared:

“In the back of your mind, you have to wonder, ‘Is this real or an extension of the stage fantasy?' It’s very confusing. But now I’m sure this is real."

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BENSON'S CAREER

DeVito further revealed that Benson helped shape her perspective about marriage, stating that the actor “spoke of marriage in the real sense.” In the end, he worked extremely hard to raise his family the best way he could. 

He went on to star in several movies, including  “One on One,” “The Death of Richie,” and “The Chosen.” More recently, he starred in "A Feeling of Home," which reminded him of his own relationship with his children.

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DEVITO'S CAREER

DeVito is equally a star like her spouse. She, however, thrives more as a singer. She started out as a backup singer for the likes of Meatloaf and Blue Oyster Cult in the 1980s. 

The couple collaborated on several things throughout their careers, such as the song "We Are Not Alone" on the soundtrack for "The Breakfast Club." They also co-starred in "Modern Love," which was also the screen debut of their daughter Lyric. 

Their inspiring marriage can be credited to the fact that they try not to dwell on disputes. They are quick to solve any misunderstanding, which DeVito says is one of the keys to a long-lasting marriage.

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