John Goodman and his wife Anna, who saved him from alcoholism, are celebrating 33 years of marriage

One of Hollywood’s most adored and productive actors is John Goodman.

Goodman has had a tremendous career that is still going strong, starting with his breakout performance on the classic sitcom Roseanne and continuing with several other great movies.

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For Goodman, that great woman is his wife Anna Beth Hartzog, to whom he has been blissfully married for more than three decades. Of course, behind every great man stands a great woman.

Through good and bad times, Anna has been a source of support for Goodman. At a difficult point in his life, she gave him the motivation to stop drinking, which eventually caused him to lose a significant amount of weight.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 27: Actor John Goodman and wife Anna Beth Hartzog attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) 2311

The pair is currently commemorating their 33rd wedding anniversary.

While shooting the 1988 movie Everybody’s All-American in New Orleans, Goodman first met the woman who would become his wife. The actor went to a Halloween party and fell in love with Anna there.

“I went to this Halloween party, and she came up and introduced herself. Goodman told Elle, “I couldn’t understand why anybody that attractive was talking to me.

Actor John Goodman and wife Annabeth Hartzog attending 62nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26, 1990 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

The two didn’t begin dating right away, though; according to Goodman on Seth Meyers, his future wife “thought he was a zombie.” However, after he “stalked her long distance,” the two began dating.

In 1989, the two got hitched and moved to New Orleans. In 1990, Molly Evangeline Goodman, their daughter, was born.

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 10: Actor John Goodman attends the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2013 with Skinnygirl Cocktails at Barkar Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)

John Goodman was also making a reputation for himself at this time, courtesy to his breakthrough performance in Roseanne. He was nominated for five Emmy Awards and received a Golden Globe for his performance.

But Goodman was having trouble in the background. The actor started drinking heavily, including on the set of the popular show, as the actor’s newfound stardom began to wear on him.

Actor John Goodman and wife Annabeth Hartzog attending 15th Annual People’s Choice Awards on March 12, 1989 at Disney Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

He told Today that it was initially exciting. When I lost my anonymity, things became frightening.

“I became ungrateful and complacent. I intended to leave the show after nine years—actually, eight years,” he said. “I managed it by sitting on a bar stool, just like I did with everything else. Thus, things became worse… I would have slurred speech.

After missing a rehearsal after partying with pals, things hit rock bottom and he recognised he needed help.

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 06: John Goodman attends TUBI’s “The Freak Brothers” Experience held at Fred Segal on December 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

“I kept drinking, but I couldn’t stop trembling. According to The Sun, he claimed, “I had the clarity of thinking that I needed to be hospitalised.

He recounts that his wife ultimately saved his life by arranging for him to enter a rehabilitation facility.