No one puts in so much into a relationship, grows it into a marriage only to dissolve it a few months or years later. Nevertheless, these realities continue to plague marriages by the minute; celebrity marriages especially. Little wonder the few that stand the test of time get celebrated and admired. Especially when both partners have been in the public eye for most of their marriage. Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon are a few examples of those celebrity couples that have stayed through with their vows. Not only have their marriage lasted decades, but they also continue to be a shining example to the younger couples that marital longevity is possible, despite all odds.
Dan Aykroyd & Donna Dixon: When And How It All Started?
Like most Hollywood marriages, Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon met in the line of duty. However, the most striking commonality about the couple is, neither of them finished college, and neither of them started their careers as actors. For Dan, after dropping out of a Criminology and Sociology program in Carleton University back in 1969, he began working as a comedian in several Canadian nightclubs. Within that period, he was also managing an after-office-hours speakeasy, Club 505, based in Toronto. After working with the Toronto-based group, Second City Stage Troupe in 1973, Dan Aykroyd kicked off his acting career at the same university he’d dropped out of a few years earlier. He worked with the campus theater/drama club, Sock’n’Buskin. All of those experiences were only launching pads for Dan Aykroyd’s comedy and acting career.
In the years that followed, Aykroyd grew popular for his appearing on the American late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live. Although he was originally employed as a writer for the show, he later became part of the earliest cast before the series went kicked off. The original cast was dubbed The Not Ready For Prime Time Players. At the time, Aykroyd was the youngest cast member and maintained his appearance for the first four seasons which ran from 1975–1979. In 1977, Dan Aykroyd received an Emmy Award for writing on SNL. And was nominated twice for writing and acting. With an acting career now spanning forty-five years, Aykroyd has appeared in and voiced characters in over 106 films, Tv series and video games. Most prominent among his movies include Ghostbusters (1984) Ghostbusters II (1989), Ghostbusters (2016) and The Couch Trip (1988) in which he starred with his wife, Donna Dixon.
Donna Doxon, on the other hand, dropped out of George Washington University and began her career as a model. In 1976, she was named Miss Virginia USA, and the following year she was named Miss Washington D.C. World. She met her husband on the set of Doctor Detroit (1983), and the love bird was married only months later.
After their wedding, Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon starred in films such as Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Spies Like Us (1985) and The Couch Trip (1988). Unlike her husband who still acts, Dixon left acting in 1997. However, she took her final film role, as Ms. Blair in the 2014 film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Throughout her career, she appeared in no less than fourteen films and TV series.
Are They Still Married?
As far as specifics go, Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon have been married since 1983. 2019 makes their union thirty-six years strong. Within that time, the couple has not been embroiled in any drama involving divorce or cases of sex scandals. If their public appearances are anything to go by, theirs have been a happy union that has survived the test of time. Together, Dixon and Aykroyd have three adult daughters; Danielle, Stella, and Belle.
As a couple, Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon continue to be involved in philanthropic ventures directly and indirectly. Back in 2009, Aykroyd narrated series of recollections about his upbringing in Canada for the charity album Dan Aykroyd’s Canada. He also helped establish the Blue Line Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to redeveloping flood-damaged lots in New Orleans and enabling first respondents to purchase them at low prices. Another organization he supports, Coastal Blue Line LLC, aims to rebuild 400 properties in New Orleans alone. And to replicate these efforts across other states.