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Goldie Hawn reveals secret to 32-year relationship with Kurt Russell

Communication is key to any successful relationship, but actually listening has helped A-list couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell stay together for more than three decades.

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Actress Goldie Hawn and Actor Kurt Russell attend the New York premiere of "The Hateful Eight" in New York City.

"In relationships, particularly love relationships, people are impatient," the actress recently told People magazine. "They don't listen."

Paying attention to each other's needs has paid off for Hawn and Russell, who met in 1983 while filming "Swing Shift" and later showcased that romantic chemistry in 1987's "Overboard."

"We have our ups and downs like everybody else," Hawn told People. "You have to want to stay together, and we really want to. Therefore you work to be together."

Hawn also admits their relationship has its flaws.

"We don't have a perfect relationship. Sometimes I get mad and sometimes Kurt gets mad. It's normal," she told People. "Continuing to to listen and grow is important because we get into bad habits in relationships. We're cognizant of these things in our relationships, being mindful and caring and listening."

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This isn't the first time we've heard what makes their relationship work. While on TODAY in December, Russell revealed that Hawn isn't fan of his facial hair but that she had to accept it for the sake of his role in "Hateful Eight."

"She understood [with] this one we were going to have to muscle through it," said Russell.

The fascination with Hawn and Russell's long-lasting relationship isn't new. Even in 1986, everyone was wondering the key to their happiness and if wedding bells were in their future.

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"We're so happy now, why tamper the perfection," Hawn said in 1986 TODAY interview.

"It's like Kurt and I say, I hope to be with him forever, but maybe that won't happen either. There's no way of knowing those things."

Well, as the saying goes don't fix what's not broken.

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