Happily N’Ever After? 25+ Vintage Photos of Hollywood Legends on Their Wedding Day
Mon Dec 30 2019
These are the days many of us often reflect on, wishing we were as wildly in love, young and free or even half as mysterious as some of these celebrities appear to be. Some of you may be mesmerized reading about iconic names from the silent generation and their erratic stories that followed shortly after their special day.
Back in the day, the 20th-century Hollywood legends led very interesting lives. Some might glance at these historical, iconic pictures only to see random faces while others might gaze at these pictures seeing a riveting story behind these faces from an age where things were totally different from today.
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner’s Marriage, 1951
“I’m a Fool to Love You.” There was something so tragic, damned and passionate about this relationship. The two rising celebrities faced difficulties finding their way to one another but when they did, it was intense. The couple both loved drinking, romance and fame very much. Just before they were wed, an exotic dancer sent Ava a letter informing her of an intimate affair she had with Frank while Ava and Frank were together.
After reading this, Ava started to question his loyalties. Shortly after, Frank decided to take a handful of sleeping pills forcing Ava to forgive him. However, this kind of behavioral pattern was typical for the young couple, two fiery people who dreaded being alone and were insecure. The couple finally divorced in 1957, which is why Frank came out with a new album called Where Are You?
Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Brokaw Marriage, 1936
Once Upon a Time, there was an American film and stage actor who married five different women in total. With an “Oh, there comes something better” kind of attitude, Henry Fonda met Frances while he was still married to his third wife.
Frances and Henry Fonda, parents of now-actress, Jane Fonda, were married for 13 long years until Henry met who would be his fifth wife, leading him to file for a divorce from Janes’ mom. Sadly, after their divorce, Frances was booked into a psychiatric hospital where she took her life.
Grace Kelly and Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco’s Marriage, 1956
Maybe some of you will remember the day that American actress, Grace Kelly, married Prince Rainier. Their wedding of over 7000 guests was broadcast to over 30 million television viewers from all over the world. Many women from the ’50s remember her dreamy-lace dress made by Academy Award-winning designer, Helen Rose.
Even though the public felt like the newly royal-weds were a match made in heaven, what Grace didn’t know was that the Prince of Monaco was allegedly quite eager to marry a Hollywood star. And would you have guessed – it was Marylin Monroe.
Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier’s Marriage, 1959
The ’60s beauty symbol and actress Brigitte Bardot, married a fellow actor, Jacques Charrier, who was her co-star from Babette Goes to War. When getting married in France, photographers burst inside the registry office, asking for permission to capture the young and passionate couple’s moment. The star yelled, “Non, non, non” and burst into tears. She clearly didn’t want to draw attention to their wedding.
Shortly after the lovely couple tied the knot, Brigitte gave birth to a healthy baby boy. However, the couple divorced in 1962 due to her infidelity with two other partners. Unfortunately, the wild actress decided that it would be best if their baby boy resided with Jacques’s family, having little relation with him until he was an adult.
Joan Crawford and Alfred N. Steele’s Marriage, 1955
The businessman Alfred was a chairman at Pepsi-Cola Company and was born in 1901 (wow!) He was famously known for being Joan Crawford’s 4th, final and best husband she ever had. The lovely, happily-ever-after couple met at a party and dare I say it was love at first sight.
For the first time, out of all her marriages, Joan really and truly loved her husband Alfred. However, just short of four years later, her dearly beloved husband passed away due to a heart attack. Joan took her time to mourn, eventually rising up and stepping in for her husband at work.
Ingrid Bergman and Peter Lindstrom’s Marriage, 1937
Have any of you heard of the movie Casablanca? Ingrid, the Swedish born actress, was the star of the film. Dr. Peter Lindstrom and Ingrid met in 1936 at the age of just 21 and Peter aged 29. Shortly, a year after they met, the two married and had a child together.
However, after a long and what seemed to be a lovely 13-year marriage together, Ingrid and Peter were unfortunately divorced after she found herself having an affair with Hollywood producer David O Selznick. When the affair began, it is still a mystery.
Paul Newman And Joanne Woodward’s Marriage, 1958
Hollywood’s Golden Couple. Even though this image is in black and white, their love is as visible and vibrant as if they are standing right in front of you. These two lovebirds met on a Broadway romantic production, Picnic, on a summery hot day when she sought after a place to cool down. As she entered the office, she laid eyes on Paul and said he looked like an “Ice cream soda advertisement.”
In 1958, after the couple finished filming in The Long Hot Summer, the two decided to fly to Las Vegas, where they married. Over the next two decades, Paul starred in successful films such as The Hustler (1960), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and much more. The lovely couple had three daughters together and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008. Unfortunately, later that year, Paul passed away at the age of 83.
Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi’s Marriage, 1957
Anna was an international actress for Hollywood movies. Marlon was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood who had won an oscar in the ’50s for the film On the Waterfront. The two met on set and took a liking to one another. What we all love about those days was how impulsive and wild everyone was.
Of course, it didn’t take very long for this couple to tie the knot in 1957. Rumors alleged that the pair married because Anna was carrying his child, which could have been scandalous for him. We’re not judging! The two divorced shortly after 11 whole, long months of being married.
Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres’s Marriage, 1934
The irony, this chaotic love story all began when these two young stars met on set during filming together in a movie called Don’t Bet on Love. Like most things that are short and sweet, they got married in 1934 and were divorced shortly after in 1940.
The problem was that Ginger had a big secret, her big secret being a famous Mr. Fred Astaire, her dance partner on Top Hat. Even though Ginger and Fred publically denied any relationship, letters and diaries were later discovered after Ginger passed on, revealing the two were more than that. So, as you’d know it, her affair discarded of any feelings she had for Lew.
Natalie Talmadge and Buster Keaton’s Marriage, 1921
Two Hollywood stars from the silent Era were married in one of Hollywood’s royal weddings. Natalie saved herself for marriage; meanwhile, Buster was a bit of a casanova. Now, hold onto your seat, Buster allegedly married Natalie due to financial ties to Natalie’s brother in law.
During their icey-marriage, Buster stated that she would spend $900 a week on clothes and convinced him to buy an extravagant Italian Villa. Having had their two boys in the first three years of marriage, he felt as if his work was done after being later moved into his own bedroom. Regardless, their marriage lasted another nine years, saying, “I know of no woman in the world who could have taken me from Natalie, except Natalie herself.”
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood’s Marriage, 1957
Well, this is one exciting love story. Let’s hope you can keep up. After briefly dating Elvis Presley, Natalie, aged 18, decided to arrange a date to meet Robert after having a crush on him since she was a little girl. The two really hit it off, marrying a year later in 1957. However, the couple soon divorced in 1962.
In 1969, Natalie decided to get remarried but this time, she fell pregnant with a daughter named Natasha, the father being a British producer, Richard Gregson. One day Natalie overheard an inappropriate conversation between her secretary and new husband, so naturally, she filed for divorce. In 1972, she remarried her first husband, Robert. They remained married until her death seven years later in which Natalie’s sister accused Robert Wagner of murdering her.
Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth’s Marriage, 1943
Both Orson and Rita were both extremely talented, young celebrities who were full of fun. You know they say opposites attract? Well, we don’t think there could be anything more opposite than these two. Orson was born into a wealthy family who encouraged him to see himself as a genius while Rita was born into a family of Spanish dancers, raised by her father who took her out of school to be his partner on the road, submitting her to unformidable things.
Naturally, he was filled with confidence and she was plagued with insecurity. What makes it worse is they suffered endless scrutiny from the media who always held a magnifying glass over their weak points. By 1946, Rita decided to separate from Orson, taking their daughter with her to a rented house. Unfortunately, her husband’s erratic behavior and the prolonged distance was too much for her, so she divorced him.
Angela Lansbury and Peter Shaw’s Marriage, 1949
British actress, famous for her role in a program Murder, She Wrote (1984) married her handsome husband, Peter. Their marriage was beautiful, like something out of The Notebook. The pair were happily married for 54 years until they were separated by Peter’s unfortunate passing.
After her husband’s passing, she stated that they had a perfect relationship and connection, not many people out there can say that. He was always everything to her, I mean, they were work partners, they were lovers, husband and wife. They aren’t sure what the secret is, only that they were extremely devoted to one another.
Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher’s Marriage, 1955
A Hollywood love triangle at it’s finest. Debbie Reynold and Eddie Fisher, both A-lister celebrities, met one another abroad while performing for the troops during the Korean War. The new couple, like most, fell madly in love and thought, “I’d better put a ring on it.”
The happily-ever-after couple then decided to get married in Liberty, New York. Shortly after, they had two children together, one being actress Carrie Fisher. After a few years of marriage, Eddie found himself interested in another woman so, he decided to file for divorce and marry Debbies’ best friend at the time, Elizabeth Taylor.
Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis’ Marriage, 1967
Isn’t this a gorgeous dress she wore for her wedding? Raquel and Patrick met while working together. While Raquel was an iconic actress in the ’60s and ’70s, Patrick happened to be her film producer. I mean, having to watch a woman in action, acting and so self-confident every day could drive any man crazy.
And that’s precisely what happened. Two couple dated for two full years before getting married on Valentine’s Day, the 14th of February for four long years. After divorcing in 1972, the beauty symbol Raquel went on to marry two more times.
Bette Davis and William Grant Sherry’s Marriage, 1945
Bette Davis, with eyes so buggy, they wrote a song about her. Not only was she known for her buggy eyes, she was also known for doing some of the dumbest things. Bette fell in love with an artist and masseur, William, because he had never heard of her and wouldn’t be intimidated by her.
However, when Bette was done with him, she filed for divorce from William in 1950 and told everyone about it except him. Bette then publically ridiculed her “ignorant ex” by entertaining her friends with a “comic reading” of a heartfelt note from William, in which he declared his love profoundly and desire to reconcile. The two share one daughter together, which is the actress’s only biological child.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s Marriage, 1945
What better way to begin a story than that of a scandalous affair! Lauren was a Jewish girl from the Bronx and he grew up on Manhattans Upper West Side. Together, they made the best films the world had seen. Humphrey, aged 45 at the time, was married to his third wife, actress Mayo Methot, at the time of meeting Lauren, who was only 19.
Despite having a 25 year age gap, the two had shared a lot of those “eyes meet eyes” moments and were falling in love. When their director got wind of their affair that was happening, he tried to put a stop to it by threatening to ruin her career. Nevertheless, the two were married and shared a baby boy together.
John Wayne and Josephine Alicia Saenz’ Marriage, 1933
American Actor John Wayne, whose real name is Marion Mitchell Morrison, married his first wife Josephine before all the glitz and glam came along. Josephine, daughter of the Consul General of Panama in the U.S., dated John for a couple of years before tying the knot.
The happy couple, Wayne being 26 years old, decided to get married in 1933 and had four beautiful children together. However, having been together for a total of 19 years, the two divorced in 1945 due to Waynes intense long hours filming and always being surrounded by fellow film associates which changed him a lot. She went on to marry again after her divorce.
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer’s Marriage, 1954
The naughtiness behind the ‘picture perfect’ lady. What kind of secrets did she keep, you ask? After a few scandalous affairs, Audrey met Mel Ferrer, the American actor in 1954, at a close friend’s cocktail party. After the two newly acquainted young stars played together on a play, they fell deeply in love with one another, so we think.
A few months later, the exuberant couple got married in Burgenstock, Switzerland. Sadly, the couple faced two miscarriages before finally giving birth to their first and only child in 1960, followed by two more miscarriages afterward. During their relationship, infidelity was rumored on both sides, with Mel having a girlfriend on the side and Audrey having an affair with Albert Finney, her co-star. After 14 years together, the couple divorced.
Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner’s Marriage, 1942
Mickey was Ava’s first husband out of eight. The young and hopeful couple exchanged their vows in northern Carolina, where Louis B. Mayer, a Hollywood producer, made sure their event attracted a lot of publicity. After all, Mickey was the No.1 star at the box office at the time.
After the couple was married, Ava aged 19 and Mickey aged 21, there were reports of Mickey being unfaithful to his wife. Ava soon filed for divorce from Mickey but gave her word that she would never discuss his discrepancies with the public so it wouldn’t ruin his reputation.
Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad “Nicky” Hilton’s Marriage, 1950
Elizabeth was just 18-years-old and Conrad was 24. Conrad was the heir to Hilton hotels. Elizabeth, the Hollywood star, was eager to marry young because of her beliefs her parents raised her with. Shortly after the couple decided to tie the knot, things took a turn for the worst.
Elizabeth realized within a few weeks after their wedding that she made a colossal mistake with Conrad. He was cruel and a big drinker. The couple finally went their separate ways eight months later. Shortly after his death, Conrad’s stepmother, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, claimed to have had an affair with him when he was 18 years old.
Cary Grant and Betsy Drake’s Marriage, 1949
Betsy Drake is a woman who lived a life of glittering highs and shivering lows. Did you know that she survived a sinking ship? Betsy was aboard the Andrea Doria ocean liner and managed to survive its unfortunate disaster. Carry and Betsy first locked eyes back in 1947 on the Queen Mary, both returning to the U.S.
Betsy made a run for it because she wasn’t interested in Cary but of course, he sought her out. Within a few months, he persuaded her to move to Los Angeles Where she found screen stardom and later fell in love. The duo made headlines when they took a trip on Christmas day to Arizona, where they got married. However, the two were divorced, but Betsy was Carry’s longest marriage.
Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh’s Marriage, 1940
This Hollywood high profile couple is remembered as one filled with passion, betrayal, romance and heartbreak. Despite Laurence and Vivien’s hardships, newly discovered love letters between the two have outlined the evolution of their romance. Oliver laid eyes on Vivien the same time the rest of England did during the play, The Mask of Virtue.
Both Vivien and Laurence were married to different people when they met. The pair soon traveled together to star in Hamlet with Vivien playing Ophelia. On their return to England, they informed their spouses that their marriages were over and immediately started building a life together. The pair were so in love they wanted to work together, live together and much more. They finally got married, which lasted for a full two decades, eventually ending because of infidelity and personal issues.
Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neill’s Marriage, 1943
Charlie is known as the pioneer behind the silent film era, achieving global fame and much respect as an actor, producer and director. Yet, off-screen, Charlie lived a very different life, dodging scandals and a few failed marriages. However, when he met Oona, that all changed for him.
Charlie met his future wife in 1942 when considering her for a role in one of his films. While working together, like a wildfire, their love for each other grew rapidly. The lovebirds married the following year despite their significant age gap. The two were perfect together; they had eight children and remained together until Charlie’s passing.
Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth’s Marriage, 1949
Rita and the wildly wealthy playboy Prince Aly, began their courtship after being introduced at a party on the Riviera in 1948. However, Hollywoods actress and Prince both happened to be married and both had children.
After the two asked their respected partners for divorces, Rita decided to quit acting so she could galavant around the globe with her prince. Sounds romantic, right? Shortly after, the two married in France with just 40 guests as the rest of the world stood by starving for details. By 1951, Rita grew tired of her husband’s ill-mannered traits and filed for divorce.
Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra’s Marriage, 1966
With Mia being younger than Frank’s eldest daughter, the pair became a “Hollywood Joke,” according to Frank ex-wife, Ava Gardner. With many people having negative opinions on their union, the two quietly slipped away to Vegas, where they exchanged vows. Later, Sinatra learned that he had met his match. Under her gentle appearance, she was complicated, moody and not intimidated by the iconic singer at all.
Back then, Frank wanted a full-time wife but Mia was extremely committed to her acting career, naturally. After realizing that Mia was not going to sacrifice her work, he served her with divorce papers while on set. The funny thing is, the two remained the closest of friends and talked until the day he passed on.
Burt Reynolds and Judy Carne’s Marriage, 1963
Where to begin? Burt had a wild love life and one would say they were jealous of the events throughout his life. In 1972, Burt made the most sought-after man in Hollywood. After gaining fame, he met his first wife in 1963, an English actress, Judy Carne.
The wild pair had been dating for six months and then decided to make it official. Nonetheless, Burt said that his new bride was quite the wild card with no interest in a quiet family life. Judy would allegedly spend her days partying without end. Sadly, their marriage ended after two years.
Vivien Leigh and Herbert Holman’s Marriage, 1932
In 1932, a married Vivien met a very handsome married Herbert in England. Even though Herbert was 13 years her senior, it was his English charm that captivated her. Their attachment to one another grew fast and they spent months courting and corresponding. In May of that year, Vivien was accepted to study.
To Vivien’s dismay, she later abandoned her academy because her fiance’s requested she settle into more of a domestic lifestyle. Shortly after the newlyweds returned from their honeymoon, Vivien obtained her husband’s blessing to continue studying. After a year, she gave birth to their first child, being pushed into domestic life. Naturally, it wasn’t long until she returned to her true calling in acting, later divorcing Herbert.
Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli’ Marriage, 1945
Vincente Minnelli, a director of classic musicals and films, started off his relationship with American actress Judy, aka Dorothy from The Wizzard of Oz, on a bad note. The two had a fallout, however, you know what they say, there is a fine line between hate and love.
The pair got married in 1945, but their marriage wasn’t simple. She reportedly wanted the kind of happiness you saw in movies. Regardless of having a child and building the family life she always dreamt of, Garland remained focused on her career goals. Judy filed for divorce in 1951 and soon married her third husband.
Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim’s Marriage, 1965
Jane Fonda finally had the man of her dreams at her side. After Jane and Rogers’s short wedding ceremony in a Las Vegas hotel, the French film director vowed to love and cherish her above all others for the rest of his life.
However, his words were a bit hollow. Shortly after they embarked on married life, he found himself in other romantic relationships, which of course, made Jane jealous. That’s not all; her man enjoyed casinos a bit too much, leaving her to finance everything, including his ladies, holiday home, and much more.
Peter Allen and Liza Minnelli’s Marriage, 1967
Liza Minnelli, daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, met Peter one day and fell utterly in love. She felt something familiar in him, a particular trait that she grew very fond of. The two decided to lock it down and get married so they could spend their days together growing old.
However, like her mother, Liza later found out about her husband’s tendencies for men. Everyone, like the public and the whole of Hollywood, somehow knew of Peters’s preferences but her. Nonetheless, the two were divorced, and Liza went on to marry again.
John Wayne and Pilar Pallete’s Marriage, 1954
Once upon a time, these two love birds met on a movie set on the edge of a Peruvian jungle back in 1952. Pilar was a movie actress with one film to her credit and an ex-husband behind her. John Wayne, a ruggedly handsome movie star, went to Peru to seek relief from a hard divorce.
After Pilar had finished filming on set, her director introduced her to John. It was love at first sight! This casual meeting marked the start of a 27 year-long relationship between the legend and Pilar. And they lived happily ever after.
Shirley Temple and John Agar’s Marriage, 1945
John, aged 24, was a physical trainer in 1945 when a friend of his asked him to escort Shirley, the 16 years old actress to a Hollywood event that was hosted by her boss at the time. Having enjoyed a night together by dancing the night away, the two fell in love.
Very soon after, a romance ensued, and against her mother’s wishes, the couple went on to get engaged. When it was time for their wedding, they decided to make it a Selznick production, which was full of celebrities. The couple had a beautiful baby girl, Susan, but Shirley was profoundly troubled by her husband’s drinking habits, which soon led to the end of their love story in 1949.
Julie Andrews and Tony Walton’s Marriage, 1959
Julie Andrews, the star ofMary Poppins and The Sound of Music, met Tony Walton when she was just 13 years old and he was 12 years old. Julie followed her dream by becoming an actress while he wanted to be an onset designer.
After three years, the couple married and welcomed a daughter to the world. Sadly, at the peak of her career, her marriage came to an end. Julie tried to save her marriage, but they eventually split in 1967. After her “lovely first husband,” she went on to marry her second, who she remained married to till his passing 33 years later.
Johnny Cash and June Carter’s Marriage, 1968
This gorgeous couple met backstage after Elvis Presley’s concert back in 1956. Elvis had allegedly told June about Johnny before their meeting, having made her listen to a few of his songs multiple times on the jukebox. Despite having other commitments, Johnny was surprisingly smitten with June after introducing himself.
Even though she didn’t feel the same way immediately, the feelings between them were undeniable. After 13 years of friendship and numerous proposal rejections by June, he eventually popped the question in front of 7000 fans, live, and she finally accepted. They eventually wed and lived through many battles together.
Jean Harlow and Paul Bern’s Marriage 1932
There has been so much talk about Jean Harlow and Paul Bern’s marriage. Paula and Jean were really good friends before having a romantic relationship. He was an absolute gentleman and assisted the actress in her career. The lovely couple announced their engagement in June 1932 and got married one month later in July ’32.
They moved in together and seemed to be very happy. However, before meeting Jean, Paul was married to a lady named Dorothy. He and Dorothy shared a home before she fell ill, having to go to a Sanitarium. Once Dorothy felt better, she went looking for Paul, only to find he had begun a new life. From this point on, no one is sure what happened but both Paul and Dorothy had passed on days apart after her release.
Jayne Mansfield and Miklos “Mickey” Hargitay’s Marriage, 1958
The blonde bombshell with the former Mr. Universe. This was a union, that proved beautiful people love to stick together. The star-studded actress married Mickey in January 1958, only five short days after her divorce was finalized from publicist Paul Mansfield.
Sadly, the couple went sour-ish in ’62 after Jaynes’s love affair with an Italian filmmaker. So, Mr. Universe did what most men would do, he filed for a divorce the following year, only to reconcile the same year saying, “If you love a girl, you love her forever.”
Jane Wyman and Frederick Karger’s Marriage, 1952
Jane Wyman, an American actress, singer, and dancer met Fred following her marriage to a powerful political leader. The two young and impulsive stars decided that it was time to separate two short years later in 1954 and were finally divorced in ’55.
However, just to surprise you, the couple then found themselves missing each other so much and couldn’t resist the desire to be together. So, they did what any young and in love couple would do. They decided to get remarried later in 1961 only for Fred to divorce her again in ’65 for the final time.
Natalie Wood and Richard Gregson’s Marriage, 1969
Richard Gregson and Natalie Wood, a couple so tragic to begin with. The youngish couple had been dating on and off for about three years until Richard decided that he was ready to commit to forever. So, he decided to make it permanent and tie the knot with the Hollywood star.
Sadly, the couple had a very hard marriage, always fighting and faced with challenges. Eventually, they had a child in hopes that it would put an end to their trying times. But that was never the case. The two were married until 1972, and she remarried once again afterward. One day Richard received a phone call with the tragic news that poor Natalie had drowned. Regardless of their separation, she was important to him.
Dorothy Lamour and William Ross Howard III’s Marriage, 1943
Shortly after Dorothy was married to a bandleader named Kay, she met William and fell head over heels in love with him. William was an Air Force lieutenant at the time and the couple met him during World War II. Their first attempt at marriage was unfortunately affected by his career demands.
After the years went by, the two couldn’t shake each other off, so they decided to remarry one another. Their second time around was a very happy marriage and they lived happily ever after. After the war, William went into advertising and the couple had two children. They were very happy until he passed on 35 years later.
Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim’s Marriage, 1952
Brigitte, aged 18 was invited to do a screen test by a director, Roger. Roger took notice of Brigitte after he saw her picture on the cover of a magazine. Once she arrived, Roger couldn’t help himself, he was absolutely taken back by her beauty. It was like love at first sight. He decided to propose to her shortly after and take the young lady as his wife.
However, her family forbade the union even though their age gap was only six years apart. So, being young and naive, she couldn’t bear the thought of not marrying her man so she attempted taking her own life. After all the fuss, and finally ending up together, the couple later divorced in 1957 but remained friends and collaborated in later work together.
Lana Turner and Steve Crane’s Marriage, 1942
Stephan Crane was quite well known for his high-profile relationships. Steve met Lana at the Mocambo restaurant where he introduced himself as a highly successful businessman in the tobacco industry. The two of them sat and talked until the wee hours of the morning. By the time he drove Lana home, she was ready to fall in love.
See, Lana had a weakness for a certain type of good looks coupled with charm. He was exactly what she was looking for. Soon after their date, they became a pair and he asked her to marry him just three weeks later. Sadly, they were a happy union short-lived after finding out Steve was not yet divorced from his previous wife.
Ann-Margret and Roger Smith’s Marriage, 1967
Anne-Marget, a woman that Elvis Presley was particularly interested in, showed very little interest back as she had her eyer set on someone else. Ann met Roger on the set of the 1961 film, Pocketful of Miracles.Roger said that women would fuss all over him but not Ann. The young, fresh-faced beauty would only ever speak to him when he spoke to her, which he found impressive.
The pair wouldn’t meet again until five years later after he had separated from his nine-year marriage to Australian actress, Victoria Shaw. After the pair met again, she knew she’d marry him after the third date but Ann’s parents weren’t happy about their union. The two tied the knot in Vegas and boy was this a match made in heaven!
Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti Sr. Marriage, 1957
Sophia, the iconic heartthrob was not born blessed. On the contrary, she had to work hard to achieve success. It was her future husband, Carlo who first discovered her talents and he stood by her side as she grew into the big-name star that we know her as today.
The moment Sophia and Carlo met they knew they had found a soulmate in one another regardless of their 22-year age gap. When Sophia turned 20, Carlo bought her a diamond ring and proposed to her. They got married in a secret ceremony. Sadly, their marriage was annulled by the church because they didn’t recognize Carlo as divorced.
Bo Derek and John Derek’s Marriage, 1976
When the young and innocent Bo Derek and a very married John met, she was quite young at the time. The two had a 30-year age gap between them. Bo and John shared some sort of chemistry that no one could convince them otherwise. The day she turned 18 was the day they got married in 1976.
After the director and young lady fell in love, they decided they wanted to immigrate to Europe, but they shortly returned to Hollywood. Bo and John might have had a 30-year gap between them, but they shared a connection stronger than words could describe. They stayed together till John, unfortunately, passed on.
Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors Marriage, 1973
Back in the ’70s, Farrah and Lee were Hollywood’s ultimate power couple. Lee was the star of Six Million Dollar Man and she was the most desired Charlie’s Angels bombshell. However, being married at the height of their fame was far from easy.
Regardless of the endless paparazzi and the drama that followed, the two decided to tie the knot. Their marriage lasted for 12 years long until they eventually divorced back in 1982. The problem was that both of the hardworking stars worked 14-hour days and the days just kept going by until they realized it was over.
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s Marriage, 1939
Clark and Carole met while staring together in the film No Man of Her Own. However, the two of them were already married to other people. Clark and Carole acted in all kinds of steamy love scenes, but she made sure things remained strictly professional. At least at that time anyway.
Two years later, they were reunited at a Hollywood event. Clark and Carole were reportedly flirting with one another throughout the night before sharing a romantic dance and a ride home together. Following, the two were inseparable.
Rosalind Russell and Frederick Brisson’s Marriage, 1941
These two love birds were married for a total of 35 years, which is kind of a record for Hollywood marriages. As we all know, Hollywood relationships aren’t the easiest to keep together-you’re always surrounded by temptation. Rosalind and Frederick started dating in 1940.
The weird thing was that Freddie was actually on his way to America when he overheard Rosalind singing a song over and over again. All he could think of was how he wanted to murder the woman singing. After laying eyes on her, he then begged his good friend Cary Grant to introduce the two. The pair eventually went on a date and were married a year later.
Robert Stack and Rosemarie Bowe’s Marriage, 1956
Most of you would be glad to hear that Robert and Rosemarie had somewhat of a fairytale-like marriage. Both shared a passion for the outdoors, hiking, and much more. They both married once, only to each other. Regardless of how strong and happy of a union they were, the couple endured a lot of hardships.
The lovely couple settled down, as expected, and went on to have a beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Langford Stack. For the first few years, everything was dreamy. They were a happy family with the ‘white picket fence.’ In 1969, things took a turn when Rosemarie had a car accident that tragically took the life of her good friend, Kathleen Lund.
Mick and Bianca Jagger’s Marriage, 1971
Well, this isn’t you’re typical love story. The Rolling Stones had fled England to the south of France to avoid a tax debt that they owed. Even though Mick was on the run, he decided to marry his 25-year-old girlfriend at a Town Hall in France.
On the day of their wedding, word had got out about the stars getting married. This drew the attention of many photographers and press. The police arrived on the scene with the intention of canceling the wedding. However, luckily for the couple, one of his bandmates managed to keep the cops distracted while they exchanged their vows.
Nat ‘King’ Cole and Maria Hawkins’ Marriage, 1948
Nat and Maria, a wedding so exclusive it went down in history. The day that they got married, thousands of people lined the sidewalks. They crowded the doorways and even leaned out of windows of buildings surrounding the church. Everyone celebrated the lovely couple’s union.
People spoke of Maria’s gorgeous dress for many years, saying it was something out of this world. The only thing people didn’t know was that Nat was suffering from a hefty hangover and Maria was terribly anxious. The lovely couple later went on to have five children together.
James Cagney and Frances Willard Vernon’s Marriage, 1922
Are you ready for this? James Cagney was a very famous American actor who won an award back in his prime time. After meeting his lovely, darling wife, he decided that they would find respite from his fame and spend their days somewhere alone, living a quiet and peaceful life.
James and Frances moved up to the rural Upstate New York farmhouse and began working as farmers. the lovely couple went on to have two children, a daughter, and son. The pair stayed together for 64 long years until her passing.
Aretha Franklin and Glynn Turman, 1978
Aretha and Glynn first met backstage of Ben Vereen’s performance. This encounter started off when someone yelled out, “Glenn Turman, my mother loves you.” When Glynn asked who his mother was, he responded with “Aretha Franklin.” This response sparked the start of their love story.
Glynn has said that he first realized Aretha was ‘the one’ when he saw her one night sitting on the piano, in her nightgown, cigarette hanging on the side of her mouth, playing music. He realized how amazing she was in this moment saying, this woman is Aretha Franklin. He went on to get married in 1978 only to get divorced in 1984 due to the pressures of long-distance.
Sir Elton John and Renate Blauel’s Marriage, 1984
Renate and Elton met back in 1983 when they were working together on his album, Too Low For Zero. According to friends, the pair struck up a lively friendship over music, which even resulted in Renate joining the entourage of his tour.
Shortly after that, when the tour landed in Australia, Sir Elton John got down on one knee and proposed to her. The pair were soon married on Valentine’s day that same year, with John Reid as his best man. People were confused by this relationship because he had formerly admitted to being interested in both genders.
Muhammad Ali and Khalilah Marriage, 1967
Everyone knows a story about someone that looks perfect on the outside but in truth, has their fair share of personal baggage. Fans and admirers usually don’t realize what happens behind closed doors. This was the case with Muhammad Ali. While he was being praised for his success in the ring, few realized that he was a completely different person back at home.
While Mr. Ali did love his wife Khalilah, he did have issues remaining faithful to her. The famed boxer had many mistresses throughout his career. When Khalilah realized this of her husband, she eventually decided to file for divorce.
Jean Seberg and Romain Gary’s Mariage, 1962
Jean Seberg is famously known for her mysterious and controversial run-in with the FBI. Romain and Jean met in L.A. when he was working as the French consul, and she was looking for work opportunities in the film industry.
Once the two fell in love, they both decided to divorce their respective partners. Once they were single, they almost immediately tied the knot in 1962. However, during filming in the Gold Rush- ear musical, Paint Your Wagon, Jean and Clint Eastwood were having an affair leading to yet another divorce.
Charlotte Rampling and Jean-Michel Jarre’s Marriage, 1978
Actress Charlotte and Jean met at a dinner party in 1976 hosted by a French writer, Florence Aboulker. When they laid eyes on one another, they were instantly attracted to each other. Both were married at the time, so certain complicity existed between them, which grew over the next few days.
When both were able to tie the knot, what a beautiful union it was. The pair had a luxurious life in Versailles. But unfortunately, Charlotte fell into a depression which she only recovered from in the mid-’90s. In this time, she found out about her husband’s other romantic stories and decided to focus on her career and bring herself back into the spotlight.
Faye Dunaway and Peter Wolf’s Marriage, 1974
The duo had met back in San Francisco in September 1972. A friend had introduced them in Peter’s hotel room before his show. After meeting each other, they got together as much as their careers would allow. They met a few times over the next two years until they decided to make a more significant commitment to one another.
The two decided to tie the knot and spent six happy years together. They eventually decide to split due to incompatibility. Faye and Peter’s marriage marked the start of the trend of blonde bombshells dating rock stars.
Ursula Andress and John Derek’s Marriage, 1957
Although it was rumored that Ursula had a few different partners, including James Dean, she was only legally married once in her life. When Ursula was 20 years old and filming for the James Bond movie, she met John Derek with whom she fell deeply in love with.
Regardless of John having other commitments, he felt as if he had finally met his one and only woman. I mean, how could anyone resist a Bond Girl? So, he did what any man in love would do, he moved mountains and finally married his Swiss diva.
Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas’s Marriage, 1954
Kirk and his wife Anne, who turned 100 years old in 2019, has been married for 64 years now. During interviews, the actor has expressed that he and Diana are soul mates. He obviously knew this the day he met her. Diana was working in Paris as a publicist when she was introduced to Doug.
Back then, he was known as quite the playboy. His trailer was even referred to as “The lion’s den.” Kirk hired Anne as a publicist so that he could get to know her better. They soon got married and had two children together. They still live together and are as happy as ever.
James Stewart and Gloria Hatrick McLean’s Marriage, 1949
This is a Hollywood relationship everyone loves to remember. Their relationship was like a treasure; genuine and rare. The handsome Oscar-winning actor chose the former model Gloria to be his lady forever and ever.
The couple met a few short years after the war and decided to marry a year later. They remained absolutely inseparable ever since. To everyone that knew them, they were perfect. They were married for 45 incredible years and were separated by Gloria’s passing.
Doris Day and Martin Melcher’s Marriage, 1951
The Blonde bombshell, Doris Day. After facing an cruel first marriage and unfaithful second husband, Doris was surely about to find her dreamy guy afterward. At 29-years-old, she met Martin. These two stayed together until death did them part but what surfaced later would shock you all.
Marty didn’t treat Doris too well and always forced her into taking significant acting roles so she could get paid much more. What she uncovered later was that her late husband was embezzling her funds from her bank account, leaving her poor when he died. Sadly, her $20 million fortune was replaced with $450,000 worth of debt. Doris married again after that.
Judi Dench and Michael Williams’ Marriage, 1971
The best kind of Hollywood’s romances. This match made in heaven is an inspiration to us all. Having been married for almost their whole lives to one another, they had a love so pure and gentle, we understand why Judi would never want to re-mary. How could anyone live up to Michael?
Michael spent his life making Judi happy. He would buy her a red rose and give it to her every single Friday, their whole lives. He was a gentle and cherished husband to Judi. They both had a lovely daughter named Tara Cressida Frances “Finty” Williams, who is also an actress.
Phyllis Gates and Rock Hudson’s Marriage, 1955
And if you haven’t had enough drama already, this one is a show stopper. Rock Hudson lived a double life, one being a Hollywood Heartthrob and the other being a side that no one knew about. Rock had an agent who he occasionally visited. One day he met a lovely young damsel who caught his eye and would soon become his bride.
To say these two had a civil marriage would be wrong. A few years later, in 1958, Phyllis filed for divorce, citing mental cruelty as well as stating that her husband might be gay. She had recorded a conversation between them discussing men where he acknowledged it at first only to deny it after the following inquiry. Neither of the two remarried after their divorce. Nevertheless, in 1985, Rock passed due to HIV and never came out publically despite the rumors.
Dolly Parton and Carl Dean’s Marriage, 1966
Dolly and Carl are not your regular Hollywood couple. The lovely pair has been together since the day after her graduation in 1964. Dolly decided to take a trip down to Nashville where she met Carl on the very first day. Neither of them was looking for love at the moment but they couldn’t resist their connection.
The strange thing is, the couple has never had much in common. They both lead very different lives when it came to the spotlight, acting, singing, and television appearances. Regardless, Dolly understands his desire for privacy and better yet, she loves him more for it.
Marilyn Monroe and James Dougherty’s Marriage, 1942
This isn’t a romantic love story at all and not for the faint-hearted. Marilyn Monroe’s real name is Norma Jean. Norma first got married eight days after she turned 16 years old to a police officer, James Dougherty. James’ family lived next door to a woman named Grace, who was a friend of Marilyn’s mom, Gladys. Gladys was frequently in and out of psychiatric hospitals placing Marilyn in and out of foster homes.
Though Marilyn was taken in by Grace and her husband, they’d eventually need to move across the country and wouldn’t be able to take her with them. To prevent ‘Norma’ from going back into the system, Grace suggested James the officer marry the teenager. Regardless, James said they were in love anyway and they loved each other madly. After they were married, they felt as if they were on a honeymoon for a year. However, Norma filed for divorce in 1946 after she became famous.
Jimmy Stewart and Gloria Hatrick McLean’s Marriage, 1949
This love story is one of the all-time greats. The two didn’t start off on the best foot as the night that they actually met, Stewart has crashed the party and gotten very inebriated. He is lucky that he didn’t ruin his chances completely. And a year later the couple were properly introduced at a dinner party, and as they say, the rest is history.
These two love birds were married for 45 years until Mclean passed away. They actually lived together in their Beverly Hills home, which they purchased back in 1951 until they both died. Wow! That is more years together than we could ever hope for in a marriage.
Alana Collins and Rob Stewart’s Marriage, 1979
Almost exactly a year after meeting each other, Alana Collins and Rob Stewart got married at Tina Sinatra’s Beverly Hills mansion. It sounds like it would have been quite the star-studded wedding. Rob described his then-wife, “She has an IQ of 140 and can crush people with words. We are lethal together.”
In five years of marriage, the Stewarts had two kids together, Kimberley and Sean. But they decided to go their separate ways in 1984. We’re not sure if it’s because of the reputation or she just liked the name, but Alana decided to hang on to the surname Stewart even after the divorce!
Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville’s Marriage, 1926
This marriage must have been as good as Hitchcock’s movies to have lasted so long. They were married from 1926 until Hitchcock passed away in 1980. Wow! So they literally spent 54 years together. And for the majority of their lives, they lived at Winter’s Grace, an 11 acre Tudor farmhouse in Surrey, England.
Reville became her husband’s closest collaborator. Someone once said that “The Hitchcock touch had four hands, and two were Alma’s.” Hitchcock agreed that he was lost without his wife, both personally and professionally We had no idea that in fact they were such a power couple!
Audrey Hepburn and Andrea Dotti’s Marriage, 1969
We think it is safe to say that Audrey Hepburn will forever be a household name. So it surprises us that we didn’t know her husband’s. Hepburn met her second husband Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti when she was on a cruise with friends in the Mediterranea in June 1968. The two instantly hit it off, and they married a few months later on January 18th, 1969.
Even though the star had struggled with multiple miscarriages in her previous marriage, Hepburn fell pregnant rather quickly with their son Luca Andrea Dotti. Luca was born on February 8th, 1970. We’re sad to hear that they were actually both unfaithful during their marriage, which ended in 1982 after 13 years together.
Betty White and Allen Ludden’s Marriage, 1963
Betty White may have had two marriages before she met Allen Ludden, but as they say, third time’s a charm! The couple met on the show that Allen hosted and made him famous, Password. And before they knew it, their romance had blossomed into an incredible love story. The pair got married on June 14th, 1963, and remained together until Ludden’s death in 1981.
The two never actually had children together but White is the stepmother to his three children from his first marriage. She decided to never remarry after Ludden passed away. She once explained in an interview with Larry King that “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?” referring to her marriage with Ludden.
Carole Landis and Capt. Thomas C. Wallace’s Marriage, 1943
Landis and Wallace’s marriage may have been short but it was definitely sweet while it lasted. We’re not quite sure why, but Landis was touring Army camps in London in 1942. That is where she met United States Army Air Forces Captain Thomas Wallace. He must have caught her eye all dressed in his army uniform.
The couple had a beautiful wedding in January 1943. But they, unfortunately, didn’t last too long and were separated in May 1945. They tried to work things out but ultimately they were not meant for each other and they divorced in July 1945, never having had kids together.
Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon’s Marriage, 1983
Just as you may have expected, iconic Carrie Fisher met her first husband Paul Simon, on the set of Star Wars. It was a bit of an on and off-again relationship, but something kept drawing them back to each other. The two were together from 1977 until 1983 but took a brief break in between.
In fact, in that little break, Carrie actually almost became engaged to someone else but ended up going back to Simon. And even after finalizing their divorce in 1984, the two got back together for a brief period. Clearly, there was an undeniable connection but it just wasn’t enough to keep them together.
Edy Williams and Russ Meyer’s Marriage, 1970
This love story moved rather quickly. The two met on the set of the movie Beyond the Valley of Dolls, one of Meyer’s first directing gigs. After knowing each other for only five months, the two decided to get in engaged. And it wasn’t a long engagement either. The two tied the knot only 28 days after becoming engaged!
It might sound like it was a shotgun wedding but this wasn’t the case. Meyer and Williams actually spent five years together. She featured in a bunch of his movies and both of them were doing well in their careers. years later they separated on June 26th, 1973 and divorced on Nov 5th, 1975.
Edith Piaf and Jacques Pills’s Marriage, 1952
We’re not quite sure about the details of how these two met but we do know that Edith Piaf married Jacques Pills, her first husband, in 1952. Just like other famed couples with star-studded weddings, Piaf’s matron of honor was another famous actress, Marlene Dietrich.
After being injured in three different car crashes Piaf became substance dependent. Yes, three-car crashes! Pills tried to take her to a rehabilitation center on multiple occasions but it was to no avail. This took a toll on their marriage and they ultimately divorced in 1957.
Elizabeth Montgomery and Frederic Gallatin Cammann’s Marriage, 1954
It is hard to imagine Montgomery, the star of Bewitched with anyone other than her on-set husband, Darrin Stephens. But Montgomery did actually have a few marriages. Frederic Gallatin Cammann, a New York City socialite, was Montgomery’s first husband.
The two got married in 1954 but it did not last too long. They had some troubles from the beginning which they thought would go away but they were never able to completely reconcile. They actually separated less than a year after tieing the knot. And it wasn’t long after that that their divorce was finalized.
Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence’s Marriage, 1957
Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence were not just the average husband and wife duo, they were also a pop vocal duet. They actually met on Steve Allen’s TV talk show in 1953. Lawrence said, “I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing.” And then four years later, they got married in Las Vegas.
The famous couple performed as a duo for decades as ‘Steve and Eydie’, but they also performed separately. Lawrence said, “Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years.” They remained together until Eydie passed away in 2013 in Los Angeles.
Gloria Vanderbilt and Pat DiCicco’s Marriage, 1941
In 1941, at the age of 17, Gloria Vanderbilt made her way to Hollywood. This is where she met her first husband Pat who was an agent for actors and an alleged mobster. Not long after meeting, the two were married that same year. Gloria was just starting out in her career and was smitten with her new husband.
Within the four years that they were married, Gloria and Pat never had any children together. They decided to get divorced in 1945 and went their separate ways. Both of them remarried afterward! Actually, within a few weeks of divorcing Pat, Gloria married a man 42 years her senior.
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis’s Marriage, 1951
The marriage between Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis was highly covered by all of the magazines of the time. Their highly publicized marriage actually shot Janet into the limelight. They even used to make home videos together directed by their close friend and famous director, Jerry Lewis.
They two got married in 1951 at a private ceremony in Greenwich, Connecticut. Sadly their relationship was hot gossip and was often written up in the tabloids. According to Leigh, this was one of the causes of their break up. And after 11 years together, they divorced in 1962.
Bruce Jenner (now known as Caitlyn) and Linda Thompson’s Marriage, 1981
On January 5th, 1981 Jenner and Thompson got married in Hawaii. We almost forget that Jenner was married not only once, but twice before marrying Kris Kardashian. And Jenner and Thompson’s marriage was not more than weeks after the divorce between Jenner and Chrystie Scott was finalized.
Jenner and Thompson were married for five years. And in that time they had two children together, Brandon and Brody. They both remember these years spent together positively. But in February 1986 Jenner and Thompson split up and soon after they finalized their divorce.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s Marriage, 1964
Taylor and Burton’s marriage was a funny one, given that they actually got married for the first time in 1964, and after divorcing in 1974, they married again in 1975. Their first wedding was at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montreal, while their second wedding took place at Chobe National Park in Botswana.
The two actually met while filming Cleopatra in Italy in 1962 and began an affair. Both Burton and Taylor were actually married at the time. But after getting married the first time, Taylor said, “I’m so happy you can’t believe it. This marriage will last forever.” Although they did not last forever, the couple had a great 12 years together.
Lorna Luft and Jake Hooker’s Marriage, 1977
We don’t know the details of how these two met but we do know that Lorna Luft and Jake Hooker got married in London on Valentine’s Day in 1977. Hooker, a prominent musician, retired in 1978 when his band The Arrows disbanded. He then moved to Los Angeles to manage his wife’s career.
While they were married they had two children together, Jesse and Vanessa. Sadly after 16 years of marriage, it ended in divorce. But they both stayed living in Los Angeles so Hooker could care for the children easily when Luft was traveling the world on tour.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Marriage, 1940
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz met while filming the stage hit Too Many Girls. The very next day they met again and connected almost instantly. They actually eloped that same year, in 1940! In 1944 they almost broke up because of Arnaz’s jealousy but they were able to reconcile.
In their 20 years together they had two children, Lucie Arnaz, and Desi Arnaz Jr. Sadly the two decided to get divorced in 1960, and Ball bought out Arnaz from their shared production studio company. At least they were able to stay friends and actually often spoke very fondly of each other up until Arnaz passed away in 1986.
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks’ Marriage, 1920
Taking it all the way back an entire century to 1918, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks spent a lot of time together when touring the U.S. together to promote Liberty Bond sales for WWI. At the time, Pickford was in the process of finalizing a divorce and days after it was settled, Pickford and Fairbanks were married in March of 1920.
The famed newlyweds were all the rage. When they were in London on their honeymoon, they had herds of people trying to get to them. And even back in Hollywood upon their arrival, the two were surrounded by fans cheering them on at the railway station. But as their careers started to flounder, so too did their marriage. And in 1936 the two separated.
Mary Astor and Kenneth Hawks’ Marriage, 1928
After being introduced in the industry in 1927, Mary Astor and Kenneth Hawks got married in 1928 at her home in Moorcrest. As a wedding gift, Kenneth actually gave Astor a new Packard, an extremely luxurious car. Once they were married they moved to a home in Los Angeles on Lookout Mountain.
Sadly after only two years together, Hawks was killed in a plane crash over the Pacific. Astor didn’t process the loss of her husband and continued working instead of taking some time off. They later found that she suffered from delayed shock and was overwhelmed with pain. She actually found a doctor who helped her through this tough time, and she later married the doctor!
Olivia De Havilland and Pierre Galante’s Marriage, 1955
We don’t have the details on how Olivia De Havilland and Pierre Galante got together, but it wasn’t long before they were engaged to be married. The pair got married on April 2nd, 1955, with De Havilland dressed in a gorgeous Dior dress! (Check out Mr. Dior himself doing last-minute touches to the dress). After their wedding, De Havilland relocated to Paris to be with Galante.
Their story is pretty unique from here… After seven years of marriage, they decided to separate but continued living in the same house for six years so that they could raise their daughter together. Galante ended up moving just across the street and the pair remained close friends, even after they finalized their divorce in 1979. She actually took care of him when he was diagnosed with lung cancer, up until he died in 1998.
Dean Paul Martin and Dorothy Hamill’s Marriage, 1982
Dean Paul Martin, the son of a Hollywood movie start and Dorothy Hamill, America’s skating sweetheart Olympic Gold Medalist were introduced by Desi Arnaz Jr in 1976. In 1982 the couple had an old-fashioned Hollywood church wedding. The wedding was star-studded with names including Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Connors.
Sadly their marriage only lasted around two years and Martin packed up and moved out of their Benedict Canyon home. We’re glad to hear that they at least ended on good terms. Martin said, “We are still the best of friends, we still love each other and the divorce will be amicable.”
Ron Howard and Cheryl Gay Alley’s Marriage, 1975
After dating for three years through the end of high school, Ron and Cheryl Howard got married on June 7th in 1975. The two have been married for over 40 years and are still just as in love. Awwww. Even after four children together, they’ve managed to keep the flame alive. Howard said of his wife, “I met her, and there was never anybody else.”
According to Howard, “People say, ‘How’d you do it?’ There’s no technique. There’s no tactic other than communication is really important. You have to learn to communicate and have difficult conversations in constructive ways.” Wow, it sounds like Howard knows what he is talking about!
Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate’s Marriage, 1968
We are all familiar with the names Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, and their infamous love story that ended tragically. But did you know how they first got together? Polanski and Tate met on the set of the 1967 film, The Fearless Vampire Kills, and within a year the two were married in London.
Sadly the two only got to spend roughly a year together as husband and wife before Tate was killed. She was actually pregnant at the time too. In Polanski’s autobiography, he described his brief time with Tate as the best years of his life and that he still misses her every day.
Shirley Maclaine and Steve Parker’s Marriage, 1954
Shirley Maclaine’s marriage to Steve Parker was a unique one. These two were married from 1954 to 1982 and have one daughter together, Sachi. The interesting part… according to Maclaine, their marriage lasted 28 years because of their open relationship. Especially because they didn’t live in the same country for the majority of the year with Parker living predominantly in Japan and Maclaine in the U.S.
Even after their divorce in 1982, the two stayed good friends and even occasionally traveled together. Maclaine said, “I would say [it was] better to stay friends… I was very open about all of that and so was he… I think that’s the basis for a long-lasting marriage if you really want to do such a thing.”
Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen’s Marriage, 1985
Sylvester Stallone married actress Brigitte Nielsen on December 15th, 1985 after a few months of dating. Their wedding was actually at the Beverly Hills home of Rocky producer Irwin Winkler. With their wedding at the peak of Stallone’s career, their relationship was all over the tabloids and very much a hot topic.
Almost as quickly as they fell in love, they fell out of love. After 19 months as husband and wife, the two decided to get a divorce. And again, just like their wedding, their divorce was highly publicized by the tabloids. Especially because of how short-lived their marriage was!
Vic Damone and Pier Angeli’s Marriage, 1954
Vic Damone and Pier Angeli’s relationship was followed closely by the tabloids. It was because Pier actually left famous actor James Dean to be with Damone. Obviously, this was cause for hype. And within a few months of dating, the lovers announced their engagement. They had a big church wedding in Beverly Hills in November of 1954.
Things got a little messy when they decided to go their separate ways in 1958 after four years of marriage, and the birth of their son, Perry. Like many other divorces, Damone and Angeli went through custody battles over their son before Angeli moved back to Italy with Perry.
Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher’s Marriage, 1959
This love story is also one of scandal. Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher’s romance began when Taylor was grieving over the passing of her then-husband, Mike Todd. At the time of their budding romance, Fisher was actually still married to Debbie Reynolds, who was also a good friend of Taylor’s. So you can see why this caught a lot of media attention.
Unphased by the tabloids, Taylor and Fisher got married at the Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas on May 12th, 1959. Their marriage lasted only five years, and the two did not have any children together. Both Taylor and Fisher both went on to have multiple other marriages.
Sammy Davis Jr and May Britt’s Marriage, 1960
These love birds met in 1959 and began dating almost straight away. Less than a year after meeting, David and Britt got married at Davis’ home in the Hollywood Hills. With a famous couple like this, it is probably no surprise that Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford were two of the witnesses listed on the marriage certificate.
This marriage was bigger than just love, it was actually a big part of the Civil Rights Movement. At the time of their wedding, interracial marriages were illegal in 31 U.S. states. It is crazy to think that it was actually forbidden by law. But these lovers did not care and were married by Rabbi William M. Kramer.
George Carlin and Brenda Hosbrook’s Marriage, 1961
George Carlin and Brenda Hosbrook met while Calin was touring in Dayton, Ohio in August 1960. Brenda Hosbrook was the young hostess at the venue Racquet Club. According to Carlin, “we dated every day I was there, wrote and called each other constantly afterward, and within a year, we were married.”
Clearly it didn’t take long for their romance to get serious and they were married at her parents’ home in Dayton on June 3rd, 1961. They had one child together, Kelly, who was born in 1963. And in 1971, they decided to renew their wedding vows in Las Vegas. Their love lasted, and the two were married until Hosbrook passed away in 1997.
Barbara Eden and Charles Donald Fegert’s Marriage, 1977
I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden and Chicago newspaper executive Charles Donald Fegert got together in 1974. We’re not quite sure how they met but the two dated for three years before deciding to get married. They tied the knot in a small ceremony at home on September 11th, 1977.
They had a really happy life together, but they faced challenges in their lives that ultimately resulted in the ending of their marriage. And after five years as husband and wife, the two decided to get divorced. Their divorce was finalized in 1983 and they went their separate ways.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Marriage, 1969
One of the most famous couples, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, first met in 1966 at the Indica Gallery in London. Yoko was preparing a new art exhibit at the time and the gallery owner John Dunbar introduced the duo. Over numerous phone calls and short visits, the two became very close and Lennon ended his marriage with then-wife Cynthia Powell.
Ono and Lennon got married in 1969 at The British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. It was actually a quick 10-minute ceremony performed by the registrar Cecil Wheeler. The couple was widely known for being unconventional, both Yoko and Lennon wore white on the day, with Yoko in a mini dress and floppy hat.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s Marriage, 1967
The King of Rock n’ Roll unsurprisingly took his beautiful long-term bird Priscilla and eloped to the sin city, Las Vegas. The picture-perfect couple exchanged vows during an intimate service which included very few family members. Like the bride said, “My wedding was very unusual but it was just the way we wanted it.”
As you know, things were a little different in the ’60s. Elvis Presley met Priscilla when she was just a ninth-grader. He convinced the teenager’s parents to allow her to fly to Los Angeles. After she landed, he added Las Vegas to the trip’s itinerary.
Annette Funicello and Jack Gilardi’s Marriage, 1965
Just like so many other Hollywood couples, Funicello and Gilardi met on the set of Babes in Toyland in 1961. He actually became Funicello’s manager after they married, among other big names that he managed like Burt Reynolds. The couple had three children together including a daughter and two sons.
Sadly their marriage ended after 18 years together in 1983. But they managed to keep their children and family together regardless of the couple’s split. It was said that Funicello “was very loving and family-oriented. She always preferred spending time with her family over living the Hollywood life.”