3. Before: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. After: Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin?
Then again, women can play this game too. Though they never married, Sarandon, 63, and Robbins, 51, were noted for maintaining their relationship in an industry where hooking up and breaking up can seem as routine as a trip to the gym. Beyond excelling at acting, they bonded over political causes, taking a stance against many of the policies of former President George W. Bush. In their heyday, Sarandon and Robbins frequented fancy red carpet affairs as frequently as they did low-key charity events and fundraisers.
With connections on so many levels, marriage was never a priority for the couple.
"I won't marry because I am too afraid of taking him for granted or him taking me for granted," Sarandon said once, according to People magazine. "Maybe it will be a good excuse for a party when I am 80."
The party got canceled in December 2009, when Sarandon's rep announced that the couple had ended their 23-year-long relationship over the summer. Since then, she and her business partner, 31-year-old Jonathan Bricklin, have been joined at the hip. The two are co-investors in SPiN, a New York City ping-pong club, and are working on a reality TV show based on it. Now, it appears business has become pleasure: this summer, photogs snapped Sarandon and Bricklin traveling through Italy and Peru.