Dan Aykroyd and his wife Donna Dixon are divorcing after 39 years of marriage – Hollywood Life

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Dan Aykroyd69, and Donna Dixon, 64, are splitting up after nearly 40 years together. That Ghostbusters actor and his wife announced their split Friday to PEOPLE magazine in a joint statement in which they noted that they will remain legally married.

“After 39 years as a couple, we are now on separate life paths. We remain legally married, co-parents, colleagues and business partners, “the couple told the newspaper. “This is our choice in loving friendship.”

Donna Dixon, Dan Dykroyd
Donna Dixon & Dan Aykroyd (Broadimage / Shutterstock).

The couple bonded back in 1983 after meeting each other while working on the set for the comedy film Dr. Detroit. They continued to appear in several other projects together, including Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Spies like us (1985), The sofa (1988) and Exit to Eden (1994). Fans know Dan from his time Saturday Night Live and in various comedy films, while Donna got her start as a model, working for the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency before competing in various beauty pageants. She then switched to acting in the early 80s, where she eventually met and worked with Dan.

The couple share daughters Danielle (who is known professionally as a singer-songwriter Vera Alene), 32, Belle28 and Stella24.

Dan Aykroyd, Donna Dixon
Dan Aykroyd & Donna Dixon (Broadimage / Shutterstock).

Although Dan and Donna have performed on the red carpet together on several occasions, they have often remained relatively quiet and out of the limelight. That Saturday Night Live alun has, however, talked about his former partner during an interview with Tampa Bay Times. “You have to find the right person – look them in the eye, make them look back and know their soul,” he said in 2014.

“She is a Southern woman who is understanding and does not mind dealing with the boys from time to time. I call her the white goddess. And I am the green demon.”

Donna was previously engaged to Paul Stanley by the rock group KISS, while Dan was once engaged to Carrie Fisher.

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