Forget Brangelina and the Beckhams, these old school couples made love look chic, cool and achingly glamorous.
1. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Theirs is one of the most famous love affairs of all time. After meeting on the set of Cleopatra in 1962, and divorcing their current spouses, the pair went on to marry and divorce twice. While Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times, her relationship with Richard Burton was the one that really shook her to her core, and she was devastated when he died in 1984. When asked why she thought the couple couldn’t make it work together, she famously said: ‘Maybe we loved each other too much.’
2. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
King Edward VIII gave up the throne to wed the woman he loved, American Wallis Simpson. It doesn’t get more romantic than that. At the time of his abdication, he said: ‘I have found it impossible to carry on the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge the duties of king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.’ The couple got married in 1937 but they were never really accepted by the royal family, meaning they spent the rest of their lives living in France.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
3. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Bogie and Betty, as they were known, met on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1944. Bogart was married at the time and as soon as his divorce came through the couple married on a friend’s farm in Ohio. The couple went on to star in many more films together and live an idyllic family life in LA for 12 blissful years, before Bogart was killed by cancer of the esophagus in 1957, leaving a 33-year-old Bacall devastated.
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
4. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco
What started out as a scheduled meeting between a silver screen icon and royalty ended in a fairytale wedding. Looking back on her marriage to Prince Rainier, Grace Kelly said: ‘When I married Prince Rainier, I married the man and not what he represented or what he was. I fell in love with him without giving a thought to anything else.’
Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly
5. Ronald and Nancy Reagan
Ronald’s proposal to Nancy was a simple one. Over dinner at their favourite restaurant one day, he said: ‘Let’s get married.’ To which she replid: ‘Let’s.’ It’s reported that the pair always held hands when they walked and often left love letters for each other around the house. Cute.
Nancy and Ronald Reagan
6. Sonny and Cher
Sonny and Cher’s marriage may have been a tumultuous one, with Cher herself looking back at their relationship, saying: ‘Of all the people who have known me well, Sonny knew me the least.’ But they sure looked the glamorous sixties part.
Sonny and Cher
7. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Actress Joanne Woodward said of her fifty year marriage to Paul Newman: ‘Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.’
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman
8. Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger
Jerry Hall and the Rolling Stones front man had a twenty year relationship and four children together. Although Jagger was rarely faithful to Jerry (tut tut), we loved them together.
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall
9. Johnny Depp and Kate Moss
Johnny and Kate dated for four years and, oh, how we wish they had never split. Truly one of the coolest celebrity couples to grace the land of showbiz. La Moss recently said of their break-up: ‘Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!’
Kate Moss and Johnny Depp
10. John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John and Yoko’s relationship was intense and remains a sensitive issue for some fans of The Beatles. But there’s no doubting that they were unique, glamorous and totally fabulous. Who else would even think of having bed-ins? It’s our kind of protest!
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
11. Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner
The couple had a fiery relationship, with Ava once commenting: ‘We were always great in bed. The trouble usually started on the way to the bidet.’ Even though they divorced in 1957, Ava never re-married, and friends of hers said that she never loved another man as much as she loved Frank.
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner