It seemed luck was not on their side when Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick met for the first time back in the 70s, with Sedgwick being just 12 and naive and Bacon, a budding superstar. However, soon enough, life happened, and things changed.
Philadelphian Kevin Bacon majored in theater and became an actor who starred in many movies. His films include "Footloose," "A Few Good Men," and "Mystic Waters," to mention a few.
Kyra Sedgewick, Bacon's spouse, is also an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her character Deputy Brenda Leigh in the crime drama series "The Closer."
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards on February 28, 2021, in Beverly Hills | Source: Getty Images
The couple tied the knot on September 4, 1988, and for more than 30 years now, they are still waxing strong. Bacon and Sedgwick have one of the longest-standing marriages in Hollywood, a place fraught with separation, divorce, and short-term marriages.
While celebrating their pearl anniversary, Bacon posted a short video of himself and Sedgwick singing the melodious "To Love Somebody," a hit track by Bee Gees written in 1967.
Sedgwick was strumming a guitar whilst singing alongside her husband, and they ended the beautiful chorus with a kiss. Bacon posted on his Twitter page adoring his wife:
"[Kyra Sedwick] is the woman of my dreams and the music in my life."
The couple got here through twists and turns, but they are eternally grateful to have made the decision to be together. Bacon and Sedgwick met under very unusual circumstances the first time, but fate gave them a second chance at love.
Kevin Bacon with Kyra Sedgwick on photo shoot in New York in August 1988 | Source: Getty Images
Bacon and Sedgwick set eyes on one another for the first time in the 70s. Sedgwick was just 12, and Bacon was seven years older than her.
Sedgwick had been a fan of the actor and had seen his show, so when she met him for the first time at a deli, with her brother prodding her on, she walked up to him and said hi.
Bacon recalled that he and other actors went down to a village to do a play, and whilst in a deli after the matinee show, shortly before the evening show, a little girl walked up to him and told him she liked his shows.
Bacon really couldn't remember that incident, but Sedgwick still reminds him of it. With the seven years age difference between them, the couple did not date, nor did anything sprout up from that meeting for obvious reasons.
Talking about first impressions on their first meeting, Sedgwick was not very impressed, and Bacon did not seem to come close to what her dream man looked like.
She remembered when he turned away on their first meeting, and she sighted his behind and thought to herself how other girls would probably love that. She recalled that:
"He definitely wasn't my type."
A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE
Kevin Bacon and his wife, Kyra Sedgwick attend the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. | Source: Getty Images
Little did Bacon and Sedgwick know that their paths would cross some years later. Fate brought the couple together again, but under different circumstances, and they were both much older.
Bacon and Sedgwick met on the set of a TV drama, "Lemon Sky." They both were in their twenties and actors. Bacon was still enjoying movie successes like "Footloose" and "Dinner," while Sedgwick was an upcoming artist with a couple of movies to her name.
Bacon said he has Jeff Daniels and Jennifer Nixon, who turned down the offer to do a filmed version of "Lemon Sky" to thank for the opportunity to meet his heartthrob.
The couple took off from there and started dating. A few months after dating, on Christmas eve, Bacon put his proposal ring in a sock and proposed to his girlfriend. Sedgwick was over the moon. She said yes, and an engagement was on.
Bacon went all out to get the best ring to prove his purest intention and show his woman how precious she was. Not being very big on jewelry, he picked one that looked good to the eye, in his opinion.
Three months after proposing to Sedgwick, he was jolted from sleep to see his girlfriend crying in bed. A thought flashed through his mind, did she want to break up?
After inquiring from her about what the problem was, Sedgwick explained that she did not like the ring her lover got her. Albeit the ring went wrong, things for the Bacons went quite rapidly; from meeting her husband at 21 and getting married to him at 23, Sedgwick was not expecting such a quick metamorphosis.
Sedgwick recalled that if at the age of 21, someone told her she would be a bride and mother come 23, she would have laughed it off because she was an ambitious, career-driven woman, but thankfully she coped just fine is glad she took that leap.
Still lovestruck, celebrating their years together, Sedgwick posted a picture of both of them on Instagram with the caption: "Not sure how I was so smart at the clueless age of 23.... but I am eternally grateful I did one thing right!"
STARTING STRONG, STAYING STRONG
It looks like an unnatural phenomenon that two famous actors will be together for such a long time. When asked about what has made them last this while, Bacon remarked that he wished he could say he had a secret to this success, but there isn't any. He aptly said:
"I'd love to tell you that I have a secret to that but I think that we just really enjoy each other's company. I think that we are kinda meant to be together."
His wife believed it was just luck. She felt they got lucky when they were younger and hit the jackpot! She also explains that there is no secret to the longevity of their union.
Sedgwick, who came from a broken home, always felt deep down that she might end up like her parents and always tried to be strong for herself just in case he left and she had to face life alone.
Fortunately, the actress never needed to face life alone with Bacon by her side. She remarked that their life is like an open book, and they keep no secret from one another, baring it all with one another.
After years of being married to her husband, Sedgwick said she still learns new things about him every day, and they are still fascinated by one another after so many years. She commented that:
"We've been married for so long, and there are no secrets."
…AND THE CHILDREN CAME ALONG
Despite her earlier aversion to early parenting and being sole bent on growing her career to an enviable level, Sedgwick turned out to be a wonderful mother.
They had their first child, Travis, on June 23, 1989. He schooled at Evergreen state college in Washington and has a BSc in audio engineering.
Sosie is the second child; she was born on the 15th of March 1992. She is a graduate of acting and musical theatre from Brown University.
After two children, Sedgwick is not shutting her mind out of the possibility of having more children citing Meryl Streep, who had a child at 43, as an example.
Travis Bacon, Ryann Shane, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon attend the "Story Of A Girl" screening at Neuehouse on July 17, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
Although Bacon is not as enthusiastic as his wife about adding a new addition to the family, he sure is proud of his children and does not refrain from saying it when the opportunity presents itself.
When interviewed recently, the father of two talked about fatherhood and how much he loves it. The Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild winner said concerning his children:
"The proudest accomplishment of my life is my children."
Through thick and thin, the Bacons have been together with their love as a beacon guiding them. Thirty years and more after, they remain great lovers and amazing parents, a quality most marriages cannot boast of.