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When Billy Met Janice: Billy Crystal Shares The Secret Of His Strong Marriage Of Nearly 50 Years

Date February 25, 2019

Billie Crystal’s prolific career began in the ’70s. Most of us remember him for his role on the hit ABC sitcom Soap and his iconic performance in the timeless romcom When Harry Met Sally.

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The actor and comedian has been entertaining us for more than four decades. And, throughout the years, he had one loyal companion behind the scenes – his wife, Janice Crystal.

The couple defies the Hollywood stereotype. Billy and Janice have been together for nearly five decades!

What’s their secret to a lasting and loving marriage? It’s surprisingly simple.

Billy Crystal shares the secrets of his lasting marriage

Billy and Janice began a romantic relationship when they were in their late teens and tied the knot in 1970, after a few years of dating. Their union is still rock-solid, and Billy shared what makes them last in an interview with Us Weekly.

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The actor said:

We laugh a lot. We’ve grown together, we’ve parented together, we’ve grandparented together. I’m lucky that I found the person when I was 18.

He admitted it might sound like a banality, but he also added that his marriage with Janice works because they “just keep listening to each other.”

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Before that interview, Billy said he witnessed a great example of a strong and loving marriage when growing up. In a 2016 interview with Sydney Morning Herald, the actor said he learned what a good marriage should be like from his parents, Jack and Helen:

My parents always looked like they loved being together. That's what I took from them, and that's how my wife and I are.

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And, after all these years together, Billy is still excited to be with Janice! He told the paper:

I still feel like we're dating.

A lovely family

Billy and Janice have two daughters, Jennifer and Lindsay.

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Jennifer became an actress, and Lindsay became a producer, and they both are married and have children.

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It’s safe to assume they are happy in their family life. They have such a great example in their parents!

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