The iconic couple, who first met on the set of 'Family Ties,' has been a true example of lasting love, and fans showered them with admiration and well-wishes on their special day.
Falling in love is one thing, rising in love is another. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan show how they not only maintain their love for each other but also grow in love. As they celebrate 35 years of being together, they share love through warm messages and posts on Instagram. The "Back To The Future" actor posted a bunch of album photos from their youthful days and wrote a heartfelt caption on Instagram that read, "35 years of laughter, living, listening and loving you @tracy.pollan. Thank you for it all. Forever yours, Mike."
Pollan on the other hand chose a more recent vacation photo of the couple to return the affection on Instagram and posted, "35 years!!! Happy anniversary my love. Here’s to many more glorious adventures together. I could not love you more." To which Fox replied, "Likewise, so beautiful just like you. Happy Anniversary!"
Fans were in awe of the couple, "Happy anniversary you two. You two are the perfect role model. You set the bar high. Awesome!!!" commented @markremski2. "An absolutely beautiful example of what a loving marriage should be. A struggle to find a balance with the challenges thrown at you. Love" wrote @acosta.amani.
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Fox and Pollan first met on the set of "Family Ties," where Fox played one of the main characters, Alex P. Keaton, a young man. Pollan appeared in the fourth season of the show as his girlfriend, Ellen Reed. They later reunited on the set of "Bright Lights, Big City" and began a romantic relationship. After seven months of dating, they married in July 1988. They have four children together, Sam, Esmé, Aquinnah and Schuyler, who is 33, 21, 28 and 28 years old respectively, according to My Modern Met.
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In an interview with ET, Fox described his marriage to Pollan as "the best 35 years of my life." As for his advice for a successful marriage, he says, "We give each other space to make mistakes. Always remember that. Don’t perceive slights. That’s what’s beautiful about marriage, it’s us two." Pollan has been Fox's secret ingredient throughout it all, and he tells ET he'd "be dead" without her. There was even a time when "we didn't have a lot of money. I was dumpster diving because I knew the grocery store would throw baked goods out. We'd steal jam and peanut butter from the IHOP or Denny's. It was a tough existence," he says.
"But in a relatively short period of time, I was famous and I was the biggest movie star in the world. It was crazy. It made no sense." Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and as he puts it, "It got interesting." He even struggled with alcohol as a coping mechanism.
'Following that, Fox established his foundation, which has raised more than $2 billion to date. That impressive figure, however, is not how Fox sees his legacy. "The thing I think my legacy is, and I'm really grateful for, is the fact that there's a woman from 25 years ago who couldn't go shopping because she couldn't speak properly and she couldn't find change in her purse and she was afraid people would think bad things about her like she was drunk and that kind of stigma. [I get to] take that pressure off people," he says. "They say, 'He has it. I know him. I know that you're going through [this]. That's huge."