Actor Danny DeVito, center, his daughter, actress Lucy DeVito, left, and wife, actress Rhea Perlman, arrive at the premiere of the animated feature film "The Lorax" in Universal City, Calif. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Say it ain't so.
One of Hollywood's most durable couples — Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman — are reportedly separating after 30 years of marriage, the Associated Press reports.
Publicist Stan Rosenfield offered no other details. DeVito and Perlman married in 1982 and have three adult children. Together, the couple established the production company Jersey Films, which counts "Pulp Fiction," ''Erin Brockovich" and "Out of Sight" among its credits.
DeVito stars in TV's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Perlman is best known for her long-running role on "Cheers."
DeVito, 67, and Perlman, 64, married in January 1982 and have three children together, ABC.news reported. They met in 1970 after Perlman went to see a friend in the Broadway play “The Shrinking Bride” and ended up charmed by DeVito, who was also in the production:
In a 1983 interview with People magazine, Perlman said DeVito “was a lot more fun and a lot more sexy” than men she had previously dated. DeVito recalled, ”She was vibrant, with a great sense of humor, and real warm.” The two moved in together after two weeks.
Some celebrities are taking it hard:
I'm taking DeVito/Perlman harder than I would my own parents. Feel like they were waiting for me to graduate college and move out to do this— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 8, 2012
For years whenever I've said no one's marriages ever last, people always said "What about Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman?" And... scene.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) October 8, 2012
Right?? 40yrs! :( “RT: @rodneyadams: what's dealbreaker after that long?? Did he leave the seat just up one time too many??”— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) October 8, 2012
Danny devito and rhea Perlman split up.Ain't nobody safe.— Mates of State (@matesofstate) October 8, 2012
@julieklausner DANNY DEVITO AND RHEA PERLMAN HAVE SPLIT. PULL OVER AND CALL ME.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 8, 2012
Even the normally jaded Hollywood online press seems to be upset by news of the breakup:
Hollywood.com: We can sadly add actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman to our growing list of "Celebrity Couples We Thought Would be Together Forever But Have Now Split" (the list already includes Seal and Heidi Klum, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis).
The Atlantic Wire: As much as celebrity divorces are pretty commonplace these days (and always, really), this one surprises and saddens us. These two were a power couple, movers and shakers in the style of Mary Steenburgen and Perlman's Cheers costar Ted Danson.
Of course, the jokes were quick to come too:
Danny Devito and Rhea Pherlman just announced their separation. Get ready to see the word ‘diminutive’ A LOT.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 8, 2012
BREAKING: Peter Jackson to direct DeVito/Perlman divorce trilogy— Eli Braden (@EliBraden) October 8, 2012
Learning that Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman have separated is like finding out the Lockhorns finally threw in the towel. #nohope— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 8, 2012
We'll follow up with reaction and other details as we get them.
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You can also watch when Danny DeVito's "Taxi" character explain love to Rhea Perlman's character:
And watch when DeVito and Perlman's characters met: