Holly Robinson Peete is a well-known American actress and singer, with a successful career spanning over decades. She is best known for her appearances as Judy Hoffs on the Fox police thriller 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/The WB sitcom For Your Love.
She was also one of the first co-hosts of The Talk, a daytime talk show on CBS. She is well noted for her role as Diana Ross in the 1992 ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. However, her personal life is just as noteworthy, particularly her marriage to former NFL player Rodney Peete.
Know About Rodney and Holly’s First Meet
Rodney and Holly first met in 1993 on the set of “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” the sitcom where Holly played Vanessa Russell. At the time, Rodney was playing quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was there to make a cameo appearance on the show.
Their relationship started off slowly, as both were focused on their careers, but they eventually began dating seriously. They got engaged in 1994 and were married the following year in a ceremony held at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles.
The couple has now been happily married for over two decades, a rarity in Hollywood, where celebrity marriages often end quickly. They have four children together, fraternal twins Rodney Jr. and Ryan, Robinson, and Roman. Their marriage has not been without its challenges, but they have worked hard to make it work.
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What Is The Secret Behind Rodney And Holly’s Successful Marriage?
Rodney Peete has often expressed how lucky he feels to be married to Holly, saying that she makes everyone around her better. According to him, their relationship was not always easy, as they were both career-focused individuals who had to learn to compromise. But they learned together and built a strong foundation of mutual respect and support.
To keep their marriage strong, the couple has a simple but effective ritual – a 20-second hug. The rule is that they have to hug each other for 20 full seconds when one or the other asks for it, no matter what they’re feeling at the moment. Holly has shared that there’s something about the first 15 seconds of being held, but after that, the pheromones take over and it really works for them.
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Holly And Rodney’s 25th Wedding Anniversary
The couple’s 25th wedding anniversary was on June 10, 2022, and Holly surprised Rodney with a special party. She got the singer of the song they used for their “first dance” during their wedding to play for him, and she posted a video of the surprise party on Instagram.
The actress showed her one million Instagram fans a video of a surprise anniversary party she threw for her hubby. She wrote in the post:
“Today, I shocked @rodneypeete9! Got him back for that proposal—social distance edition??”She also said that she had arranged for the singer of the song they used for their “first dance” during their wedding to play in Rodney’s honor. She told supporters that she would give them additional information the next day.
Rodney, in turn, often takes to social media to express his love and admiration for Holly. On her birthday in 2020, he shared a post on Instagram featuring highlights from their past trips together, calling her his “beautiful wife” and saying that she keeps getting more incredible every year.