Michael Caine fell hopelessly in love when he first saw his wife, Shakira Baksh. However, getting her to love him back wasn't an easy task. Here is a look at how their romance eventually kicked off.
Michael Caine has been married for decades to Shakira Baksh, who he first saw on a coffee commercial. Although the couple's bond has grown stronger for years, it took the English actor several moves to win Baksh's heart.
It is safe to say Caine and Baksh have one of the longest-standing romances in Hollywood's history. Over the years, Caine, who seizes every opportunity to gush over his relationship, has been quite open about the bond he shares with Baksh.
CAINE'S LOVE LIFE
As one of the British film icons, Caine has been a chauvinist and a gangster. But away from the screen, the 89-year-old actor has been a loving husband to Baksh for more than four decades. Caine saw his future wife for the first time on TV in the 1970s.
He was immediately captivated by Baksh's beauty, and he decided to track her down. However, when the English actor first saw Baksh in the coffee commercial, he thought she was far away in Brazil, which did not stop him from seeking her out.
Thankfully for Caine, the former model and one-time Miss Guyana was not on the other side of the world but only a few miles away. When Caine eventually got Baksh's number, it took another endeavor to start a conversation with her.
Portrait of English actor Michael Caine, circa 1966. | Photo: Getty Images
Caine said: "I found out her number and phoned her. And phoned her and phoned her. It was really weird because the last night I phoned her, when she finally answered, was the last night I was going to phone her. I've had a very happy marriage for 37 years, but things depend on such a small thing."
The actor also added that if Baksh had refused to go on a date with him the first time, he would have forgotten about it. But Caine is thankful Baksh has made the last 49 years blissful.
Actress and model Shakira Baksh, in UK, on 10th December 1971. | Photo: Getty Images
CAINE AND BAKSH'S RELATIONSHIP TIMELINE
Before Caine met Baksh, the actor had passed through challenging times in his career and personal life. His first marriage was to actress Patricia Haines, but it fell apart seven years after.
After this, Caine worked hard for a few more years before landing his breakthrough role. When Caine met Baksh years after his divorce, he was already a famous movie star.
However, Caine isn't the only one who had a rough start, as Baksh also had a share of turmoil. Baksh, a native of Guyana, left school when she was 16 to take a job as a secretary.
Michael Caine and wife Shakira at their Beverly Hills Home on Davies Drive | Photo: Getty Images
She worked at an American branch office for a while before it got destroyed due to the anti-American protests at the time.
Determined to have a better life, Baksh decided to become a model. Taking part in a beauty contest gave her a chance to grow, and before she met Caine in the '70s, Baksh had already won the title of "Miss Guyana."
Portrait of English actor Michael Caine, circa 1992. | Photo: Getty Images
BAKSH'S IMPACT ON CAINE LIFE
Although Caine is one of the world's most recognized actors, he is most proud of his relationship with Baksh, who has made him a better version of himself.
When the couple met, Caine was a chronic smoker, and he drank a bottle of vodka every day, but Baksh became his saving grace. Once speaking on his journey to sobriety, Caine said:
"She didn't tell me to give up drinking; I just wanted to be sober and alive with her."
Sean Connery and Michael Caine during the BAFTA tribute evening for Sean Connery at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square on 7 October, 1990 | Photo: Getty Images
Caine says Baksh saved his life, and after he decided to remain sober, he only drank a bit of wine during dinner. The couple has been married since 1973, and they are parents and grandparents.
INSIDE CAINE AND BAKSH'S MARRIAGE
Since Caine and Baksh walked down the aisle, the duo stopped at nothing to show off their beautiful family.
Michael Caine and Shakira Caine attend 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 24, 1999 | Photo: Getty Images
Once speaking on their relationship, Caine revealed: "We don't need anybody else except the family. We're very happy in our own company. And we all of us, no matter how nice and loving and lovely we are, all have a slightly bad side. Shakira is the only person I ever met who didn't have a bad side. There's no bad side. It's all good."
They had their daughter Natasha shortly after marriage. Caine also shares his daughter Dominique Caine with his ex-wife.
For Caine, family means everything, and the actor has a close relationship with his daughters. The actor once gushed about being a "great father" while he explained that family is the "best organization there is."
Michael Caine and wife Shakira are seen in Venice during day 4 of the 64th Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2007 | Photo: Getty Images
Caine's first child Dominique did not join him in Hollywood but became a horse farm owner. Natasha has also stayed away from the spotlight, but she is known for being a doting mother to their grandchildren.
THE SECRET TO A LONG-STANDING MARRIAGE
Caine and Baksh's marriage has withstood the test of time, and their bond keeps getting stronger. Years after walking down the aisle, becoming parents and grandparents, the 89-year-old "Going In Style" star decided to share the secret to having a long-lasting marriage.
Actor Michael Caine with his wife Shakira Caine and their baby, behind the scenes of the movie "Peeper," circa 1976. | Photo: Getty Images
In an interview, talking about aging, staying healthy, and trying marijuana, the movie icon decided to bless young couples with the secret of his decade long-marriage, and he says:
"The secret of a good marriage is two bathrooms. You never want to share a bathroom with a woman, or you end up with a little corner for your shaving things and stuff. I am older than she is, and I need more space."
Michael & Shakira Caine attend a Gianni Versace Book Launch Party at His Store In London'S Bond Street. | Photo: Getty Images
While Caine's words may seem funny to many viewers, his theory has worked for him and Baksh, who now enjoy being grandparents.
When Caine and Baksh's daughter Natasha gave birth, it was a wonderful time for the couple, and Caine could not contain his joy. Once reflecting on how it felt to see his grandson for the first time, Caine said he was "besotted."
Michael Caine, with wife Shakira and daughter Natasha, attending Entertainment Weekly's Oscar party at Elaine's. | Photo: Getty Images
The happy grandpa said he talks to his little grandson and keeps him warm and secure with his "big hands." The movie icon also revealed that his affection towards his other grandchildren is the same.