Sam Elliott only stand there and gaze at Katharine Ross when they first met one other. The mere fact that she was there left him in amazement. He reflects, “All I could do was watch Katharine come and go. That was all I could do, I would never in my wildest dreams consider talking to her.”
Being at a loss for words may be disastrous for an actor’s career, especially one who is already well-known. On the big screen, he gave off the impression of being unbeatable because to his rugged good looks, deep voice, and no-bull attitude.
Behind the scenes, however, he had the secret desire to become the kind of guy that Katharine Ross craved and need in her life. While filming the classic western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Sam Elliott was introduced to Katharine Ross for the first time.
Since he was only starting out in his profession at the time, he got the impression that he was nothing more than a “glorified extra” in the movie, whilst Katharine played the primary part. However, Elliott didn’t get up the courage to ask Katharine out on a date until they ran into each other again while working on The Legacy.
The couple took things easy at the beginning of their relationship, and six years later, Sam Elliott wed Katharine Ross. They have been together for 38 years and have one kid, yet they are still as head over heels in love as the day Sam first caught a glimpse of her from a distance. When we talk about 38 years, we’re talking about a lifetime in Hollywood.
The majority of marriages ended in divorce before the ten-year mark. However, the pair has been successful in maintaining the central role that their love plays in both of their lives.
When asked what the key was to the continued success of their marriage, he said, “Common sense, but we also work at being together…you don’t walk away from it. That’s the secret to long-lasting partnerships.”
In addition to this, he said, “Through mutual affection and a mutual respect,” and went on to say that “At the end of the day, determination is the key: There are peaks and troughs like anything else, but you have to go on.”
How accurate. Marriages need work, dedication, and devotion, all of which this pair has shown magnificently throughout their marriage.