To celebrate the big milestone in their marriage on Saturday, 这 星球大战 icon shared an adorable throwback picture of himself and his wife from their nuptials over four decades ago and penned a sweet tribute in the Instagram caption.
“Celebrating our 44th Anniversary today. ❤️Thank you for saying ‘yes’ 🙏,” wrote Mark, 71, who shares three children with Marilou including Nathan Elias, 43, Griffin Tobias, 39, and Chelsea Elizabeth, 34.
Joining the celebration, Chelsea also shared a series of throwback pictures of her parents during their younger years as a couple.
“Happy Anniversary to these two. 💕💕💕,” she captioned the post which Mark later shared on his Instagram Story.
One snapshot shows a picture of the pair sharing a sweet embrace while gazing into each other’s faces. A second picture features the pair walking alongside each other with big smiles on their faces as they were followed by a group of people.
The Hamills tied the knot in December 1978 at their home in Malibu. 在 1981, Mark and Marilou, 67 — who was a dental hygienist when she met her husband — gave PEOPLE insight into the early years of their relationship.
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Their first date was a trip to the movies. “I took her to Annie Hall to see if she had a sense of humor. I dropped women if they didn’t,” Mark said at the time.
They returned to the cinema to see a screening of 星球大战. “There was this one close-up of a minor character, curling his lips back from his teeth. She leaned over to me and whispered, ‘Bad caps,’ ” 他回忆说.
But Mark and Marilou called it quits as he became a household name. “I had to taste groupies and fame,” 他解释说. “I went to Las Vegas to date 38-year-old showgirls. That was exciting for about the first 10 分钟. 最终, I wanted something to hold onto — and a family.”
Marilou “kept busy” during their stretch apart, 她说. “I ran my own life. But all the time I thought I was good for him, so I was hoping we’d get back together.”
Marilou opened up to 早安美国 在四月份 2018 about how she and Mark have kept their love strong in the spotlight. “We don’t live in town, 所以 we don’t go in and do all the party circuits,” 她当时说.