Samuel L. Jackson and Wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson Have Sweet Date Night at Elizabeth Taylor Ball

Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson shared a sweet date night at the Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS Gala held in Beverly Hills. 

The longtime couple looked snazzy on the red carpet Thursday with Samuel wearing a dark navy suit and LaTanya dressing in a colorful white, black and yellow printed dress, as they gathered with friends to honor Magic Johnson who received the Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Award.

Angela Bassett and her husband, Courtney B. Vance were hosts for the evening and presented the award to Johnson. Other stars in attendance to support the cause were Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kathy Hilton and Dancing With the Stars pro Gleb Savchenko.

Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Gladys Knight (C), Cookie Johnson and Earvin "Magic" Johnson attend the Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS at The Beverly Hills Hotel on September 21, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Jackson, Gladys Knight, Cookie Johnson, Magic Johnson at the Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS, Sept. 21.JON KOPALOFF/GETTY

In June, Samuel, 74, and LaTanya attended the 76th annual Tonys, at which the actor was nominated for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play for August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, which LaTanya, 73, directed him in.

They also stepped out together on the red carpet for the premiere of Samuel’s movie Secret Invasion. On his Instagram Jackson wrote: “About last night! On The Marvel Red Carpet with the Mrs @ltjackson_ ‼️”

The pair, who met in college, have been married for 43 years and share one daughter, Zoe, who is an Emmy-winning reality TV producer.

For their anniversary in August, LaTanya shared a photo on her Instagram of a table laden with gifts for each other, a big bouquet of flowers and even cards with each other’s names handwritten on them. She captioned the photo: “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DARLING♥️🙏🏾💋”

LaTanya shared with PEOPLE that the secret to the couple’s longevity is not just loving each other. They also made a pact to stay together no matter what.

“In the beginning, we always said the most revolutionary thing that Black people could do was stay together, raise their children with the nucleus of having a father and a mother, since everybody likes to pretend that that’s not the dynamic of the African American family,” she told PEOPLE. “That it’s just children out here being raised by women, which we know is false,” said LaTanya. “In order to change that narrative, we made a decision to say, ‘We are going to stay together no matter what. We’ll figure it out.'”

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