In 2011, a friend watched a TV special on 50 great Hollywood romances. Since I unfortunately missed the special, I googled to find out who were on the on list. The only names that popped up were Taylor and Burton, Bogey and Bacall, Jolie and Pitt. Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks also appeared, though no scandal has ever been associated with them nor are they tabloid material. I decided to compile my own list of who the remaining 46 might have been.
- Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
- Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner
- Clark Gable and Carole Lombard
- Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth
- Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller (as opposed to Joe DiMaggio. Aside from being a playwright, Miller also wrote screenplays, his most famous being that for “The Misfits.” It was during the filming of “The Misfits” that his marriage to Monroe experienced the last stages of its dissolution.)
- Greta Garbo and John Gilbert
- Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst
- Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal (They fell in love during the filming of “Fountainhead.” Cooper refused to leave his wife. He got Neal pregnant and he forced her to have an abortion.)
- Cary Grant and Sophia Loren (They fell in love during the filming of “Houseboat.” The climactic scene was a wedding, and Grant proposed that the wedding be a real one between him and Loren. Loren had second thoughts, so the marriage was staged. At the end of the filming, she broke off her relationship with Grant. He implored her for months to come back, but she told him that she had fallen in love with Carlo Ponti and was going to marry Ponti.)
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer
- Jennifer Jones and David O. Selznick
- Grace Kelly and all of her leading men + Oleg Cassini
- Gene Tierney and Oleg Cassini
- Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Mary Pickford
- Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neil
- Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini (Scandalous, this one. Bergman was exiled from Hollywood, for this had originated as an adulterous affair. She was married to Petter Lindstrom. The House Senate lambasted her as an “Angel of Sin.”)
- Kim Novak and Sammy Davis, Jr. (They were in love, desperately in love. They wanted to marry. This was racially segregated 1950s America, and the mob-owned Paramount Pictures, for which Novak was a top money-maker, hurled death threats at Novak and Davis should they tie the knot. The mob knew that if their blonde princess married a black man, the public would no longer endorse her pictures and Paramount would fall into financial troubles.)
- Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman (Not a good marriage. It lasted 30 days. In her autobiography, Merman dedicated one chapter to her ex. It was a blank page.)
- Sean Penn and Madonna
- Bo Derek and John Derek
- Robin Givens and Mike Tyson
- Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
- Martin Scorsese and Isabella Rossellini (Yes, they were married in the late 1970s, before she became a sensation in the 1980s as the face of Lancome.)
- Burt Reynolds and Lonnie Anderson
- Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields
Cybill Shepherd and Peter Bogdanovich
- Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate
- Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
- Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
- Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
- Courtney Cox and David Arquette
- Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart
- Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot
- Roger Vadim and Catherine Deneuve
- Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda
- Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
- James Dean and Pier Angeli
- Woody Allen and Mia Farrow
- Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn
- Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston
- Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neil
- Warren Beatty and Annette Benning, Jane Fonda, Natalie Wood, Julie Christie, Leslie Caron, Joan Collins, Michelle Philips, Diane Cannon, Cher, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Onassis, Twiggy, Elle McPherson, Isabel Adjani, Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, etc., etc., etc.
- Ellen Degeneres and Porsche de Rossi
- Rudolph Valentino and Ramon Novarro
- Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford
- Bert and Ernie
Add the fab four to my list: Taylor and Burton; Bogey and Bacall; Jolie and Pitt; Wilson and Hanks.
Total: 50 Great Hollywood Romances
Who would be your choices?
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