Steve Martin and his wife Anne Stringfield have been together for almost two decades, but they’ve managed to keep their relationship almost entirely private. While Martin may never retired from the limelight, Stringfield prefers to live a more low-key life. It appears to be a healthy balance for them both.
Here’s everything to know about The Only Murders In the Building star’s relationship with his wife Anne Stringfield.
Who is Anne Stringfield?
Stringfield grew up in Florida in the town of Pensacola. She moved to North Carolina for her bachelor’s degree, where she attended Davidson College and became a member of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She clearly had an aptitude for study and eventually got a job working as a fact-checker at The New Yorker. She’s also a writer, with work appearing in publications like Vogue.
Stringfield has a passionate interest in art collecting, which she shares with Martin. They lent some of their collection to Larry Gagosian’s Madison Avenue gallery in 2019, including works by Australian Aboriginal artists and craftspeople.
“I never talk about our art collection, because it’s our private sanctuary, but I am so enthused about the Indigenous art,” Martin said in an interview with Australia’s ABC at the time. “There is no doubt these [desert paintings] hang well with others and that one day they will be in the company of great contemporary art at auction and not culled out as a special field.”
How did Anne Stringfield and Steve Martin meet?
Stringfield’s job at The New Yorker brought her and Martin together. The comedian writes for the magazine’s humor section, Shouts & Murmors. Stringfield was asked to fact-check one of his comedy pieces, and that’s how they first connected.
In an interview with People, Martin called their meeting “an important episode.”
“She makes it all possible. She has one of the most important qualities a person can have, and that’s kindness,” he added.
He told AARP in 2017, “We talked on the phone for a year before we even met.”
Friends of Stringfield’s told the publication that she was “extremely shy,” and while they do attend events together, in 2015, Martin said that she had “never walked a red carpet” with him.
How long have she and Steve Martin been married?
The couple hosted a surprise ceremony on July 28, 2007, at their home in Los Angeles. It was officiated by Martin’s friend, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey. His best man was Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. It was attended by 75 guests, including Eugene Levy, Tom Hanks, and Diane Keaton. They all expected a regular party and attended a wedding instead. The bride reportedly wore a Vera Wang gown.
Stringfield is Martin’s second marriage. He was married before to Victoria Tennant from 1986 to 1994.
Does Steve Martin have any children?
The couple welcomed their daughter Mary in 2012, when Martin was 66 years old. He told AARP when he was 71 that being an older father was “fantastic.”
He added, “I think if I’d had a child earlier, I would have been a lousy father because I would have misplaced my attention on my career. I am very forthcoming with her, and it’s great. She’s giving me way more than I’m giving her.”
In 2013, he attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards and got emotional about being a dad on stage.
“My wife alone would have been enough reward for my life … but now she’s brought me a wonderful child,” he told the audience.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.