These Rare Vintage Photos Show Hollywood Icons On Their Wedding Day
Discovering vintage photos of our favorite Hollywood icons is like finding a gem because the older generation in Tinseltown was just so private and mysterious. Taking a peek at their glamorous lives has become more special when the images were captured on their big day. Just browsing through the weddings of legends in Hollywood has a mesmerizing quality to it.
These never-before-seen photos feature stars in the early 20th century that you would either recognize immediately or you would be shocked to discover. Keep scrolling to find out the fascinating stories behind these pictures and marriages.
1951: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner
These two icons found love despite it being a very rocky road to getting there. Their passionate relationship was fueled by fame, love, and their love of drinking. Prior to their wedding, Ava got a letter from a dancer who told her that she had an affair with Frank during their relationship.
Despite the letter and drama that ensued leading up to the wedding, these two did marry in 1951. Although, too many insecurities and too much fame had the couple divorce in 1957. That was the time that Frank also came out with the album Where Are You?
1936: Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Brokaw
Henry Fonda married five different times throughout his life, this time was his third. Fonda met his fourth wife, Frances, while he was married third wife. He was said to always have the attitude that something better was always out there, especially when it came to women.
Henry and Frances remained married for 13 years, and welcomed their daughter, Jane Fonda during that time. Jane, as we all know, is also a Hollywood legend. Henry then met his fifth wife and divorced Frances. She spent the rest of her life in a psychiatric hospital, where she decided to end her life.
1956: Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco
There were more than 7,000 guests at the wedding of a former Hollywood beauty and her prince. The wedding was also televised for a global audience of 30 million. Grace's wedding gown was made by Helen Rose and has since become the inspiration for wedding gowns everywhere.
There were many who thought that this marriage was doomed, but it did end up spanning their lives. However, the main reason people were skeptical has more to do with the fact that Prince Rainier had a thing for Hollywood women, and always wanted to be married to one. Specifically, he had a thing for Marylin Monroe.
1959: Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier
Brigitte represented what ultimate beauty looked like in the 60s. In 1959, she married actor Jacques Charrier, whom she met on the set of their movie Babette Goes to War. The two were married in a registry office in France. During the ceremony, a photographer asked to take a photo of the couple kissing as man and wife, to which Brigitte begged "Non, non, non" and proceeded to cry.
Brigitte gave birth to a son shortly after the wedding, but that didn't keep the couple together; they divorced in 1962. The reason for the divorce was said to be infidelity. Brigitte gave her son to her ex-husband's family and kept her distance ever since.
1955: Joan Crawford and Alfred N. Steele
Alfred N. Steele was a businessman who was also a Chairman at Pepsi-Cola Company. Steele was Joan Crawford's fourth husband, and last husband for that matter. He may have been her fourth but they were in love and happy until the very end, with many saying that they fell in love upon first setting eyes on each other.
They were very much in love, but after four years of marriage, her dear Alfred passed away from a heart attack. Joan took her time before stepping back into the spotlight, where she then decided to step into her husband's business shoes.
1937: Ingrid Bergman and Peter Lindstrom
Ingrid Bergman was the woman who starred in the famous film Casablanca. She met Dr. Peter Lindstrom in 1936 when she was just 21 years old and Peter was 29. They married one year later and quickly welcomed a child together.
The couple was together for 13 years, but eventually divorced as Ingrid was having an affair with David O. Selznick, a producer in Hollywood. No one knows just how long the affair took place, but it was enough to end her marriage to Lindstrom.
1958: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were a Hollywood power couple. They met on the Broadway set of Picnic. Joanne was looking for a cool spot to relax in on the set as it was a very hot day, so she walked into the office and saw Paul sitting there, looking like an "Ice cream soda advertisement," as she recalled.
The couple flew to Vegas in 1958 after they finished the film The Long Hot Summer, and got married. These two were for the books. They welcomed three daughters together and remained married until Paul's passing at the age of 83 in 2008.
1957: Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi
These two were huge stars when they met. Anna was internationally known, and Marlon was one of the biggest names in Hollywood who had won an Academy Award for his role in the film On the Waterfront. As many actors did then and now, they met on set and liked each other right away.
The two were married for a mere 11 months, but they did marry quickly after meeting in 1957, with rumors flying that Anna was pregnant at the time.
1934: Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres
The irony of this love story is that it all began on the set of the movie Don't Bet On Love. Ginger and Lew should have known right then and there. They married in 1934 and divorced in 1940.
The issue was that Ginger was keeping a huge secret, and that secret was Fred Astaire, whom she danced with in Top Hat. The two denied all allegations, but after Ginger passed away, journals and letters were found and they confirmed the rumors.
1921: Natalie Talmadge and Buster Keaton
These two were the biggest names in Hollywood during the silent film era. Their wedding was considered a royal match at the time. Natalie was a devout woman who saved herself for marriage, while Buster was known as a bit of a playboy.
In a dramatic twist, it was alleged that Buster actually married Natalie as a result of financial ties he had to Natalie's brother in law! During their cold marriage, Buster complained about Natalie's spending habits and felt like he finished his duties after Natalie welcomed their two sons. They were married fora total of nine years.
1957: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood
This one has a lot of twists and turns. Natalie dated Elvis Presley for a short while when she was 18 years old. After that, she decided that she wanted to meet Robert as she had a thing for him for years. As soon as they met they took a liking to each other. They married one year later, in 1957. However, they divorced in 1962.
Natalie remarried in 1969 to Richard Gregson, a producer, and welcomed their daughter, Natasha. She filed for divorce from him when she overheard an intimate conversation between him and his secretary. She then remarried again in 1972, but to her ex-husband, Robert! They were married until she passed away under suspicious circumstances.
1943: Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth
Orson and Rita were both incredibly skilled, youthful, and fun. These two were opposites in all ways. He was born into a very rich family that was incredibly supportive, while Rita was born to a family of dancers who were on the road all the time and exposing her to many things that children should not be.
Orson was the confident one, Rita was not. They were opposites but helped each other. They married in 1943 but divorced in 1946. Rita took their daughter with her to a rented home after Orson's behavior was too much for her to deal with.
1949: Angela Landsbury and Peter Shaw
Angela Lansbury was a British actress who was known for her role in the 1948 film Murder, She Wrote. She married her handsome partner, Peter, in 1949. Their marriage was right out of a fairy tale. They were married for 54 years, only to be cut short by Peter's passing.
After he passed, Angela spoke kindly about Peter and their marriage, recalling that he was the love of her life and devoted to each other throughout it all.
1955: Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher
Everyone loves a good love triangle. Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, both famous in Hollywood, met during the Korean War while they went abroad to perform for the troops. The couple fell in love while on that trip.
The couple married in 1955, and welcomed two kids together (including actress Carrie Fisher). However, after several years, Eddie filed for divorce after he fell in love with someone else. That someone else was Debbie's best friend, Elizabeth Taylor.
1967: Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis
As is common in Hollywood, Raquel met Patrick while they were working together. He was a movie producer, and she was one of the most sought after actresses of the 60s and 70s. Watching her in front of the camera nearly drove Patrick mad.
They dated for two years before getting married on Valentines Day 1967. They divorced four years later, with Raquel getting remarried twice more thereafter. Hollywood marriages have always been the shorter kind.
1945: Bette Davis and William Grant Sherry
Bette was known for her interesting buggy eyes, and her ability to make very questionable decisions. One of which was marrying a man because he had no idea who she was and therefore was not scared of her. That man was William.
The two were married in 1945. Bette decided she had enough by 1950 and decided to divorce William, except that he was the last to know about it. She then proceeded to mock William as she read a love letter he wrote her in front of her friends. Ouch. Bette and William had a daughter together, too.
1945: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Lauren and Humphrey made incredible movies together. The Jewish girl from the Upper West Side had quite a way to her. Humphrey was 45 when he met Lauren, she was just 19 years old! He was still married to his third wife, too.
They may have had a 25-year age gap but they fell in love fast. The director of the film tried to caution Lauren as he thought this was going to ruin her acting career, but she didn't listen and married Humphrey. They also had a son together.
1933: John Wayne and Josephine Alicia Saenz
John Wayne was an American actor who was actually born under the name Marion Mitchell Morrison. He married Josephine before he was known to the world as Wayne. Josephine was the daughter of the Consul General of Panama in the United States.
Wayne was 26 years old when they married in 1933. They had four children together, too. They were together for 19 years when they decided to call it quits as a result of Wayne's longs stints away from home. Josephine remarried after her 1945 divorce from Wayne.
1954: Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer
Audrey and Mel met in 1954 at a cocktail party held by a close friend. Mel and Audrey were both in the acting world and worked together on a play. They fell in love right there on set. The couple married several months later in Switzerland. They tried to have kids right away, but Audrey suffered two miscarriages after they welcomed their only child in 1960.
There were many rumors of infidelity on both sides of the marriage. It was said that Mel had a girlfriend and Audrey was dating actor Albert Finney. The couple finally divorced after 14 years of marriage.
1942: Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner
Ava had eight, yes eight, husbands in her life. Mickey was number one. They were both young and innocent when they married in North Carolina in 1942. At the time, Mickey was a huge hit in films, and his film's producer, Louis B. Mayer, wanted to use his wedding as publicity.
Ava was 19 years old and Mickey was 21 when they married. Rumors very quickly started to swirl that he was not faithful to her. Ava filed for divorce from Mickey but promised him that she would not talk about his infidelities to the press.
1950: Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton
Elizabeth Taylor was only 18 years old when she married Conrad, who was 24 at the time. He was the heir to the Hilton hotel chain, and she was a huge Hollywood star. Very quickly after they got married, things turned sour.
Just weeks after the wedding, Elizabeth realized she made a huge mistake in marrying Conrad, who had a drinking problem. They ended their marriage just eight months after their wedding day.
1949: Cary Grant and Betsy Drake
Betsy Drake was known for living her life in all manners of the highest highs and the lowest lows. She even survived being on the sinking ocean liner, Andrea Doria! Cary met Betsy in 1947 while they were aboard the Queen Mary on the way back to the United States.
Betsy wasn't interested in Cary, but he was totally taken with her. Several months later, though, he wooed her in Los Angeles. They got married on Christmas Day but the marriage didn't last and ended in divorce.
1940: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
The relationship of these two was known for its ups and downs, romance and betrayal. Olivier saw Vivien saw her for the first time when she was in the play The Mark of Virtue. At the time, they were married to other people. They then acted together in Hamlet, and everything changed from there.
When they were coming back from England, they each told their spouses that their marriages were done. They then began living together, got married, and built a life. They were together for 20 years before finally ending it as a result of more infidelity.
1943: Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill
Charlie is the most famous actor of the silent film era. He was an actor, director, and producer as well. When he wasn't in front of the screen, he was dealing with rumors about his personal life, and getting passed several marriages. But then he met Oona.
Charlie met Oona in 1942. She was auditioning for a role in one of his films. They fell in love while working together. The couple married one year later and proceeded to have eight children together and remaining a devoted married couple until Charlie passed away.
1949: Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth
Rita and Prince Aly met at a party in 1948 on the Riviera. They immediately started dating despite both being married to others and having children. They eventually got divorced from their significant others and Rita decided to stop acting so she could travel the world with her prince.
They were married in 1949 in front of 40 guests. However, by 1951, Rita had enough of her husband's bad behavior and decided to file for divorce.
1966: Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra
When Mia and Frank were married, she was younger than his oldest daughter. This fact did not endear this relationship to the public. Franks' ex-wife, Ava Gardner, called them a "Hollywood Joke." The couple decided on a quiet wedding in Vegas as a result of all of the negative press.
While Frank initially thought that Mia was this demure and simple woman, he would later learn that she was not in the least bit intimidated by him. Frank wanted a wife at home, but Mia was all about her acting career. Frank asked for a divorce after realizing that Mia was not going to give up her work. The happy news is that they stayed close friends until he passed.
1963: Burt Reynolds and Judy Carne
Burt met Judy, an English actress, in 1963. They were married later that same year. While Burt was later known as the playboy and garnered a name for himself in Hollywood, it was his first wife and her partying ways that had him filing for divorce just two years after they were married.
Judy loved to party all day and all night and it was not what Burt wanted in a wife.
1932: Vivien Leigh and Herbert Holman
Vivien was married when she met Herbert in 1932. He was married as well. Hebert was also 13 years old than Vivien. His English charisma and charm did her in, though. They quickly grew closer during their months of writing to each other. In May 1932, Vivien was accepted to begin her studies. She decided to leave her academic dreams as Herbert asked her to be at home more.
She continued studying after they got back from their honeymoon. She had to put it all on hold again when she had a baby. She felt the pull of the stage again soon after, this time deciding to divorce Herbert.
1945: Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli
Vincente Minnelli was a director in Hollywood when he met Wizard of Oz starlet Judy Garland. His initial start with Judy didn't end well, with them not speaking afterwards. However, these two had more feelings for one another.
Eventually, they got married in 1945. They did not have a smooth marriage. Judy wanted to be as happy as the women were on-screen, and she didn't feel like she was even though she had a child and family like she wanted. She focused on her acting in order to escape, filing for divorce from Minnelli in 1951.
1965: Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim
Jane Fonda married Roger in Vegas. He was a French film director, and she was an actress who was seeing her star rise higher and higher. While they exchanged vows, the vows seemed a bit empty as Vadim was seeing someone outside of his marriage.
Jane was rightfully jealous and upset. Vadim also had a gambling problem that left her financially responsible for the household. The couple divorced in 1973.
1967: Peter Allen and Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli is the daughter of Vincente Minnelli and Judy Garland. She met Peter and immediately fell in love. She felt comfortable with him and knew that he was a kindred spirit. They decided to get married in 1967 so that they could spend the rest of their lives together.
Sadly, that didn't happen. Peter had a thing for other women and Liza found out. Everyone seemed to know his infidelities except Liza. The two ended up divorcing, with Liza remarrying.
1954: John Wayne and Pilar Pallete
These two met on the set of a movie in the middle of a Peruvian jungle in 1952. Pilar had one acting credit to her name, while John was one of the most famous American actors to date. He took the role in Peru to get away from his own divorce woes.
The director introduced the two, and the rest was history. This was the beginning of their 27-year relationship.
1945: Shirley Temple and John Agar
John was 24 years old and worked as a physical trainer when his friend asked him to accompany Shirley, then just 16 years old, to a Hollywood party that was hosted by Shirley's boss. The two had so much fun that night that they instantly fell in love.
The couple got engaged very soon after that, much to her mother's distaste. Their wedding was a Hollywood event, with many celebrities in attendance. They went on to welcome a daughter together, Susan. However, despite their initial love, Shirley had an issue with John's drinking, which led to their divorce in 1949.
1959: Julie Andrews and Tony Walton
Julie is beloved by all for her leading role in The Sound of Music, and Mary Poppins. She met Tony when she was just 13 years old, and he was 12! He wanted to be a set designer, while she wanted to be an actress.
The couple married three years later, welcoming a daughter soon after. The marriage didn't last as it could not handle Julie's fame. They divorced in 1967, with Julie remarrying once more to a man she spent the next 33 years with until he passed.
1968: Johnny Cash and June Carter
We all know this love story from their music and their passionate and difficult relationship. Johnny and June met in 1956 when they were both backstage at an Elvis Presley concert. Elvis was trying to play matchmaker. Johnny was married to someone else at the time but he was immediately taken by June.
They were friends for 13 years before June finally accepted his marriage proposal, which he did in front of 7,000 fans. They married in 1968 and spent the rest of their lives together.
1932: Jean Harlow and Paul Bern
Jean and Paul were friends for years before they began a romantic relationship. Paul was there for her to help her with her career and was an absolute gentleman. They finally announced their engagement in June of 1932 and were wed just one month later.
In a strange twist, Paul was married to a woman named Dorothy before Jean. Dorothy got sick and ended up in a Sanitarium. After some time, Dorothy was released as a result of getting better and went to look for Paul. She found him and saw that he had moved on. No one really knows what happened next, but Paul and Dorothy mysteriously passed away just days from each other after she left the Sanitarium.
1958: Jayne Mansfield and Miklos 'Mickey' Hargitay
Jayne was a bombshell, and he was a former Mr. Universe winner - a better union has never been made. Jayne was an actress known for her talent and beauty. She married Mickey in January of 1958, which was a mere five days after her divorce from Paul Mansfield was finalized.
While they may have been stunning together, their marriage didn't last. Jayne had an affair with an Italian movie creator in 1962 which ended her marriage.
1952: Jane Wyman and Frederick Karger
Jane was a dancer, singer, and actress who was the definition of a triple threat. She met Fred after she was married to a very powerful political figure. Jane and Fred were still young and therefore impulsive. They married in 1952, only to throw it all in just two years later and divorce in 1955.
But while they ended things fast, they eventually realized that they wanted to be together again, so they did. They got remarried in 1961, only to have Fred file for divorce in 1965.
1969: Natalie Wood and Richard Gregson
Natalie Wood and Richard Gregson were a couple that was doomed from the start. They were together off and on for three years before Richard was finally able to commit. He then made his union with Natalie legitimate.
The couple's marriage was tough from the get go. They fought constantly, and while they tried to make it work for their child's sake, it was just not possible. They divorced in 1972, with Natalie remarrying once again. When Richard heard about Natalie's drowning, however, he was beside himself.
1943: Dorothy Lamour and William Ross Howard III
Dorothy had just married a musician named Kay when she met William and totally fell in love. They met during World War II, and William was an Air Force Lieutenant. Years went by and they could not stop thinking about each other. This time, time was on their side and they decided to get married.
The couple lived happily together. William went into the advertising world after the war, and Dorothy and him welcomed two kids into their family. They were together for 35 years when he passed.
1952: Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim
There are a lot of names that seem to repeat in this list, and that's because Hollywood wasn't a huge pool of options. Brigitte was 18 when Roger invited her to do a screen test. Roger was instantly taken by Brigitte as soon as he saw her. He asked her to marry him shortly after they met.
However, Brigitte's family was against the union and forbade it. She was so much in distress over this that she tried taking her own life. Given all of the drama, her family let it all happen. After all of that, however, the marriage didn't last, but they did stay friends.
1942: Lana Turner and Steve Crane
Steve already had quite the name for himself among high-profile relationships. He met Lana one evening and said that he was a very successful businessman. The two continued to chat that night until very late, by the time the evening was over, Lana was in love.
Lana had a soft spot for guys who were charming and good looking. Three weeks later, they were engaged. Their marriage was a short one, though, as it turned out that Steve wasn't even divorced from his other wife yet.
1967: Ann-Margret and Roger Smith
Anne-Margret was someone that Elvis Presley very much wanted, but she was not interested in him as she had her sights set on Roger. She met him on the set of Pocketful of Miracles in 1961. Anne did not pay too much attention to him and he liked that about her.
They then didn't see each other until 1966, after he had already ended his marriage to Victoria Shaw. As soon as they met again she knew that he was going to be her husband. Her parents were not happy about the union but they went ahead with it anyway.
1957: Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti Sr.
Sophia may have become a style and beauty icon, but she was not born into luxury. She worked very hard to get to her well-known status. Her future husband, Carlo, was the one who found her and her skills and was right there with her as her name got bright and brighter.
These two knew they were soul mates the moment they met, despite him being 22 years older. Sophia was 20 years old when he proposed. They were then married in secret. Unfortunately, the marriage was annulled as Carlo was not considered divorced by the church yet.
1976: Bo Derek and John Derek
A fresh-faced Bo Derek met John when he was still married to someone else. She was 30 years younger than John. There was something between them that the two could not shake, though. The day that Bo turned 18 years old, John and Bo married.
While they did have an age gap and Hollywood in the mix, the couple remained together for the rest of John's life. This was a couple that was meant to be together.
1973: Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors
Farrah and Lee were Hollywood's golden couple in the 70s. Lee was the lead in Six Million Dollar Man, and she was the most beloved of Charlie's Angels. While they were both shined bright, it was hard to be married without burning each other.
Their marriage lasted 12 years, as the couple called it quits in 1982. They were both too focused on their careers to give their marriage the attention that it deserved.
1939: Clark Gable and Carole Lombard
This beautiful couple met on the set of the movie No Man of Her Own, which they both starred in. They were already married to other people when they met, which seems to be a pattern here in Hollywood. For the duration of filming together, they remained as professional as possible, despite the many love scenes.
Then, two years later, they met again at an event. They were speaking the whole night and before it was all over they left the part together. The two were never without each other again.
1941: Rosalind Russell and Frederick Brisson
Rosalind and Fred were married for 35 years! That is one of Hollywood's longest marriages by far. These two began dating in 1940. What makes this even sweeter is that Fred heard Rosalind's voice singing while he was on his way to the United States.
He actually hated her voice because he heard the song so much. But then he saw her, and everything changed. He asked his friend, Cary Grant, to make the introduction. They met, dated for one year and were married in 1941.
1956: Robert Stack and Rosemarie Bowe
We are happy to report that Robert and Rosemarie had a wonderful marriage. They liked many of the same things, such as hiking and the great outdoors. Each was the one and only person the other married. While they were indeed very happy, they did have to go through many hardships.
They welcomed a lovely daughter after they were wedded. For several years that followed their wedding, everything was great. However, in 1969, Rosemarie was in a horrific car accident that ended Kathleed Lund, her best friend's life.
1971: Mick and Bianca Jagger
Mick and Bianca's love story is not your standard one. At the time, the Rolling Stones were in the south of France in order to avoid paying the taxes they owe. It was then that he thought it would be the best time to marry Bianca, who was 25 years old.
The press got wind of the wedding ceremony and went to the church, along with the police that was planning on stopping the wedding as a public disturbance. Luckily, the other Rolling Stones managed to keep them busy while Mick and Bianca exchanged vows.
1948: Nat 'King' Cole and Maria Hawkins
The day that Nat and Maria got married, people everywhere lined the streets to see the spectacle as cars were driving down to the church. Everyone was happy to see this union take place.
Maria's dress was fawned over by the public. What many people had no idea about, was that Nat was trying to work off a bad hangover, while Maria was as anxious as she has ever been. They married on that day and went on to have five kids together.
1922: James Cagney and Frances Willard Vernon
Their story is right out of a Hollywood movie. James was a very famous actor when he met Frances. As soon as he met her, however, he decided that he wanted nothing more than a quiet life with her away from fame and fortune.
The couple married and moved to Upstate New York where they bought a farmhouse and worked their land as farmers. They had two kids together and spent the rest of their lives together until she passed. They were together for 64 years.
1978: Aretha Franklin and Glynn Turman
Glynn and Aretha met when they were backstage at a Ben Vereen concert. Aretha's son yelled out to Glynn that his mother loves him, and when he asked who his mother was, he said Aretha Franklin. That's what started their relationship right there.
Glynn and Aretha married in 1978 but sadly divorced in 1984 as a result of not enough time together and too much distance. Their love was true for the time that it was there, though.
1984: Sir Elton John and Renate Blauel
Elton and Renate met in 1983 when they spent time working together on the album Too Low For Zero. The two were instant friends and bonded a lot over music. Renate even joined his tour.
On the Australia stop of the tour, Elton asked Renate to marry him. She accepted and they were married on Valentine's Day 1984. What confused many people was the fact that John had already admitted that he was interested romantically in both genders.
1967: Muhammad Ali and Khalilah
Muhammad Ali was hugely successful in the wrestling world and ring. He was admired by many and thought to be an inspiration on how to manage success and romance. However, while he did love his wife, he was not showing everything to the public.
Ali had a lot of extra martial indiscretions throughout his marriage, and when Khalilah figured it out, she divorced the boxer and decided to move on with her life.
1962: Jean Seberg and Romain Gary
Jean and Romain met in Los Angeles when she was looking for acting work and he held the position of French consul. They fell in love and realized that they had no choice but to divorce their other spouses.
They married as soon as the ink was dry in 1962. However, things didn't stay happy as Jean later had an affair with Clint Eastwood, whom she starred alongside in Paint Your Wagon. Jean and Romain divorced as a result of the affair.
1978: Charlotte Rampling and Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean and Charlotte met at a dinner party thrown by Florence Aboukler, the French writer, in 1976. It was love at first sight for these two. Again, as many of these stories go, they were each married to other people at the time.
They eventually divorced their spouses and married each other in 1978. They lived a lavish life in Versailles until Charlotte fell into a clinical depression that took many years to recover from. In the mid-90s when she recovered, she discovered that Jean spent his time with other women. She then decided to focus on her own career.
1974: Faye Dunaway and Peter Wolf
Faye and Peter were introduced by a mutual friend in a hotel room before one of Peter's shows in San Francisco in September of 1972. As soon as they met they worked hard to see each other as much as each of their bright careers allowed.
For the first two years they saw each other several times, after which they finally decided to commit. The couple married and stayed together for six years. They decided to divorce after that as they felt the union wasn't working anymore.
1957: Ursulla Andress and John Derek
Ursula has only been married once throughout her life, despite many rumors to the contrary. When she was 20 years old, she was part of the movie James Bond. This was where she met John Derek and fell head over heels for him.
John was in another relationship but couldn't resist this Bond girl! So he decided enough was enough and married her no matter what it took.
1954: Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas
Kirk and Anne married in 1954 and remained married until his passing in early 2020. They were married for 66 years - the longest marriage in Hollywood. When asked about his wife, he has always said that he believed that they were soul mates. The two met when they were in Paris. She was working as a publicist.
Kirk already had a reputation as a playboy, and he hired Anne to work on his PR. They fell in love and the rest is Hollywood legend history as they welcomed more acting generations into the world.
1949: James Stewart and Gloria Hatrick McLean
A Hollywood marriage that lasted forever - our favorite! James was an Academy Award winning actor, Gloria was a model. They met several years after the war and were completely in love. They married in 1949.
The love birds remained a loyal married couple for the rest of their lives. The two were married for 45 years, until they had to say goodbye when Gloria passed away.
1951: Doris Day and Martin Melcher
Doris Day still remains one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Doris went through two marriages before she met Martin. Her first husband was abusive, while her second was unfaithful. Martin was sure to be the redeeming one.
Martin liked money and the fact that his wife made a lot of it as an actor, so he pushed her to take roles that she didn't want but that paid a lot. After he passed away, she found out that he not only embezzled money from her, but that her $20 million net worth was now a $450,000 debt!
1971: Judi Dench and Michael Williams
Dame Judi Dench is a legendary actress in Hollywood and around the world. Her love story with Michael Williams is one that surpasses Hollywood stories. The two met, fell in love, married, and remained married.
Michael brought Judi a red rose every single Friday since they have been together. They share one daughter, Tara Cressida Frances 'Finty' Williams. She caught the acting bug from her mom too, as she is also an actress now.
1955: Phyllis Gates and Rock Hudson
This one is right out of a thriller. Rock Hudson was leading a double life. He was Hollywood's golden boy but had another side nobody knew about. One day he went to see his agent, it was there that he met Phyllis. Rock and Phyllis married in 1955 but would divorce just three years later.
Phyllis recorded a conversation she had with Rock where he admits to being attracted to men, only for him to deny it later on. Rock passed away in 1985 as a result of complications from the HIV virus.
1966: Dolly Parton and Carl Dean
Dolly and Carl have been a couple since the day after she graduated high school in 1964. Dolly met Carl the very day she arrived in Nashville to pursue her signing career. They were not looking to get involved, but life had other plans, as they say.
The couple did not have a lot in common. He was very private and she was a singing, acting, and dancing sensation. While he liked the privacy and she didn't have much, she respected his desires and appreciated them.
1942: Marilyn Monroe and James Dougherty
Norma Jean, also known as Marilyn Monroe, did not have the best of luck when it came to her relationships. When she was just 16 years old, she was married to a policeman named James Dougherty.
Marilyn wanted out of a life where she was pushed around foster homes, which is why she wanted stability with James. The two were married until 1946, at which time Marilyn filed for divorce.
1979: Alana Collins and Rob Stewart
Alana and Rob married almost one year to the day from the day they met. They two tied the knot at Tina Sinatra's mansion in Beverly Hills in 1979. There were many celebrities in attendance. Rob described Alana, “She has an IQ of 140 and can crush people with words. We are lethal together.”
They divorced five years later but not before welcoming two kids - Kimberley and Ben. While they were no longer married, Alana kept her Stewart last name.
1926: Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville
The famed filmmaker's marriage lasted as long as his famed movies in history - we mean it it lasted a very long time! Alfred married Alma in 1926 and they remained married until he passed away in 1980. The couple shared an 11-acre farmhouse called Winter's Grace, in Surrey, England.
The couple was so intertwined that there were those who said, “The Hitchcock touch had four hands, and two were Alma’s.” Hitchcock himself admitted that without Alma he was lost.
1965: Annette Funicello and Jack Gilardi
These two met on the set of their shared film, Babes in Toyland, back in 1961. Jack became Annette's manager after they got married. He was also Burt Reynold's manager. Annette and Jack had three kids together.
In 1983, after 18 years of marriage, they decided to end their union. It was said that Annette “was very loving and family-oriented. She always preferred spending time with her family over living the Hollywood life.”
1969: Audrey Hepburn and Andrea Dotti
It seems like we always know Audrey's name but never her husband's. Andrea Dotti was psychiatrist from Italy whom she met while on a cruise on the Mediterranean in June of 1968. The two instantly connected and were married several months later, on January 18, 1969.
The two welcomed their son, Luca, on February 8, 1970. Unfortunately, Andrea was not always faithful in his marriage to Audrey, which caused the end of their union in 1982.
1963: Betty White and Allen Ludden
A marriage made in heaven. Betty was married twice before Allen, but he was what she was waiting for, Allen was the host of the hit show Password, at the time. Betty and Allen married on June 14, 1963 and were together until Allen passed away in 1981.
They never had any children together, but Betty is the stepmother to his children from his first marriage. She said to Larry King in an interview once, “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?”
1943: Carole Landis and Thomas C. Wallace
Carole and Thomas' marriage may not have been a long one, but it was a nice one for the time it lasted. Carole was in London in 1942, touring camps, when she met Thomas Wallace, a United States Air Force Captain.
They hit it off and married in 1943. They proceeded to separate in 1945 and finally divorced later that same year. They didn't have kids while they were married.
1983: Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon
Talk about a power couple! Carrie was famous for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, he was a successful musician. The couple were together on and off from 1977 to 1983. They kept coming back to each other.
They married in 1983, only to divorce in 1984. They then got back together again but something kept pulling them apart while another pulled them together. Talk about complicated!
1970: Edy Williams and Russ Meyer
A fast-moving love story coming right at you! These two met while on the set of Beyond the Valley of Dolls, which was one of Russ' first directing jobs. After having met five months earlier, the couple decided they wanted to get married. They were married 28 days after they got engaged.
Their marriage lasted five years, during which time they made several films together which helped their careers tremendously. Their separation happened in 1973, but the divorce wasn't finalized until 1975.
1952: Edith Piaf and Jacques Pills
How these two met is still a mystery, but we are sure that Edith married Jacques in 1952. He was her first husband. Celebrities befriending other celebrities is a tale as old as time, so it comes as not much of a surprise that her matron of honor was actress Marlene Dietrich.
Edith became dependent on pain medication after being involved in three car accidents. Jacques tried to make her go to rehab but did not succeed. Their marriage suffered as a result and they eventually divorced in 1957.
1954: Elizabeth Montgomery and Frederic Gallatin Cammann
We find it hard to see Elizabeth with anyone other than the man who played her on-screen Bewitched husband, Darrin Stephens, but alas she married Frederic Gallatin Cammann (one of her several husbands) in 1954. Cammann was a New York socialite and her first husband.
The marriage lasted all of one year, with trouble starting right from the get go. They would fight constantly and could not find a way back to each other. They divorced in 1955, with both of them moving on to other marriages thereafter.
1957: Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence
In addition to being husband and wife, these two were also a pop vocal duo. Eydie and Steve met in 1953 on the set of Steve Allen's talk show. Steve said, “I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing.” Four years after they met,in 1957, they tied the knot in Las Vegas.
Ever since then they were known as "Steve and Eydie,' despite having solo acts as well. Steve said, “Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years.” They remained happily married until Eydie passed away in 2013.
1941: Gloria Vanderbilt and Pat DiCicco
Gloria Vanderbilt was just 17 years old, in 1941, when she moved to Hollywood. She met her first husband, Pat, that same year. He was an acting agent and rumored mobster! They met and married all within the same calendar year. Gloria was just beginning her career and was completely infatuated with her husband.
The couple was married for four years, never producing any kids together. They divorced in 1945 and both remarried. In fact, Gloria remarried just several weeks after her divorce was finalized, to a man who was 42 years older than her!
1951: Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis
Every magazine covered the marriage of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. It was her very public relationship and marriage to Curtis that put Janet in the spotlight. The couple actually made home movies together that were directed by Jerry Lewis, who was a very good friend of theirs.
They were married in 1951 in Greenwich, Connecticut. The wedding itself was private, but their relationship was always talked about and rumors ended up spoiling it all for them. Leigh said that the tabloids were the reason for their divorce in 1962.
1981: Bruce Jenner and Linda Thompson
Before Bruce became Caitlyn, he was an athlete and Olympic champion. In 1981, he married Thompson in Hawaii. He was married twice before even meeting the famed Kris Kardashian. Jenner married Thompson just weeks after finalizing his divorce from Chrystie Scott.
Jenner and Thompson's marriage laster five years and produced two children, sons Brandon and Brody. They speak of their marriage positively to this day, despite divorcing in 1986. As many of us now know, Bruce came out as transgender and is known today as Caitlyn.
1964: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Taylor and Burton got married in 1964 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montreal, Canada. They were married until 1974, at which time they divorced. They then remarried (each other) in 1975, this time their ceremony was at the Chobe National Park in Botswana.
They met on the set of Cleopatra in 1962 and started an immediate affair. They were each married to other people at the time. After marrying Burton, Taylor said, "I’m so happy you can’t believe it. This marriage will last forever.” While it didn't last forever, it did last for 12 years, which for her is a lifetime.
1977: Lorna Luft and Jake Hooker
Lorna and Jake got married on Valentine's Day 1977 in London, England. Hooker was a well-known musician at the time, retired from the band The Arrows in 1978 when the band called it quits. He then moved to Los Angeles to help his wife with her career.
They remained married for 16 years and two kids, but eventually called that quits as well. The two decided to stay in Los Angeles even after their marriage ended, so that Hooker could be a present father, and Luft could go on tour.
1940: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
This iconic couple met on the set of Too Many Girls. They were instantly connected to each other and decided to get married the same year they met, in 1940. They almost ended things in 1944 as a result of Arnaz's jealous streak, but they were able to work through it.
During their marriage, they welcome two kids together, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. They eventually divorced in 1960 after 20 years together. Lucille bought out Desi's portion of the production company they started together. They did stay friends until Arnaz passed away in 1986.
1920: Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks
Throwing it way back in Hollywood, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks met in 1918. They toured the country together to promote the sales of Liberty Bond for World War I. Pickford was going through a divorce of her own at the time, but as soon as it was finalized, she married Fairbanks in March 1920.
These two were all anyone could talk about, too. They were followed around London while they were on their honeymoon, and back in Hollywood they were greeted by cheering fans. Just as their careers started to dim, so did their relationship. They divorced in 1936.
1928: Mary Astor and Kennth Hawks
Mary and Kenneth were introduced in 1927. They were married in 1928 at her estate in Moorcrest. Kenneth got his new bride a Packard, a hugely luxurious vehicle, as a wedding present. After their wedding, the couple moved to Los Angeles where they found a home on Lookout Mountain.
Two years after they married, Kenneth was killed in a plane crash. Mary didn't take time to process her grief after his death and continued to work until she suffered a mental breakdown. She found a doctor who would help her, and also ended up marrying that doctor!
1955: Olivia De Havilland and Pierre Galante
Olivia De Havilland and Pierre Galante got engaged and married very quickly after they met in 1955. They were married on April 2nd, with De Havilland wearing a stunning Dior gown. This photo is of Dior himself checking to make sure the dress is perfect. After they were married, they relocated to Paris.
Their love was a beautiful and complicated one. They were married for seven years, decided to legally separate but continue to live together so that they could raise their daughter in the same house. He then moved across the street and continued to be very close even after their divorce was final in 1979.
1982: Dean Paul Martin and Dorothy Hamill
Dean Paul Martin, son of THE Dean Martin, and figure skating Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill, met in 1976 when they were introduced by Desi Arnaz Jr. They got married in 1982 at a church in Hollywood. The wedding brought many stars out of their homes to attend the nuptials, including Jimmy Connors and Frank Sinatra.
Their marriage lasted all of two years, but they remained friends despite it going south. Marin said, “We are still the best of friends, we still love each other and the divorce will be amicable.”
1975: Ron Howard and Cheryl Gay Alley
Ron and Cheryl dated for three years all through high school. The love birds got married on June 7th, 1975. They are still together today and have celebrated over 40 years together! 40 years and four kids later, Ron is still as in love as ever. He said, “I met her, and there was never anybody else.”
Howard continued, “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.”
1968: Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate
We all know how this marriage tragically ended. Roman and Sharon's love story was one for the books. They met on the set of the film The Fearless Vampire Kills in 1967. They met and married within one year - they knew!
They were married for around one year when Sharon was tragically killed by Charles Manson's followers. She was pregnant with their child at the time. Polanski wrote about this time in his life and described his time with Sharon as the very best.
1954: Shirley Maclaine and Steve Parker
Actress Shirley Maclaine married Steve Parker in 1954. Their marriage is a unique one. The couple was married for 28 years, from 1954 to 1982, and welcomed one daughter, Sachi, together. However, what makes their marriage a unique one is that Shirley said it lasted as long as it did because their relationship was an open one.
The two were living apart for much of their marriage - Shirley in the US and Steve in Japan. Shirley 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.”
1985: Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen
They were a Hollywood power couple when they were together. Stallone and Nielsen married on December 15, 1985 after just several months of dating. Their wedding took place at Rocky producer Irwin Winkler's home in Beverly Hills. Stallone was at the height of his acting game at the time, which made for a lot of tabloid material.
19 months after they got married, they filed for divorce. As if with Hollywood, this was no surprise since falling in love fast typically means the end is also quick to come.
1954: Vic Damone and Pier Angeli
Vic and Pier's whole relationship had been in the public eye with the tabloids on their tail. The reason for that began due to the fact that Vic left actor James Dean for Pier. The two dated for several months before they announced their engagement to the world. They got married in a lavish church wedding in Beverly Hills in November 1954.
In 1958, the couple decided to separate after welcoming their son, Perry. They fought over custody of their son for a long time, ultimately ending with Pier taking their son to Italy with him.
1959: Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher
Elizabeth Taylor is without question the most repeated person on this list. This time, her romance began as she was still grieving over the death of her then-husband, Mike Todd. Eddie was still married to actress Debbie Reynolds at the time, too, making this all the more complicated.
While the tabloids had a field day with this, Taylor and Fisher didn't let it stop them and they married on May 12, 1959 at Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas. They were married for five years and didn't have kids together. They each have gone on to remarry several more times.
1960: Sammy Davis Jr. and May Britt
The musician found his lady love in 1959. Sammy and May were together for less than a year when they got married in his home in the Hollywood Hills. There had a lot of famous friends attend the event, such as Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra, who were also their witnesses.
Their marriage was a major one, as it took place during the Civil Rights Movement, when interracial marriage was not yet legal in 31 states. They did not seem to give it a care and proceeded to be married by Rabbi William Kramer.
1961: George Carlin and Brenda Hosbrook
Carlin met Hosbrook while he was touring Dayton, Ohio in 1960. She was a beautiful young hostess at the Racquet Club, and he was sold once he saw her. He said, “we dated every day I was there, wrote and called each other constantly afterward, and within a year, we were married.”
The two were married on June 3, 1961, at her parent's home in Dayton. They welcomed a daughter together in 1963. They renewed their vows in 1971 and were together until she passed away in 1997.
1977: Barbara Eden and Charles Donald Fegert
I Dream of Jeannie's Barbara Eden married newspaper exec Charles Donald Fegert in 1977. They met in 1974 and waited three years to officially tie the knot. Their ceremony was a small one, as they were both private people with very public jobs.
They loved each other but were unable to make it work. They divorced in 1983 after five years of marriage. Their divorce was an amicable one, as they just grew apart and there was nothing they could do to fix it.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John and Yoko met in 1966 at the Indica Gallery in London. Yoko was an artist preparing her new exhibit. The gallery owner, John Dunbar, introduced the two. John was already a very famous Beatle. Once they met, they continued to stay connected via phone calls, until John ended his marriage to his first wife, Cynthia Powell.
John and Yoko married in 1969 in a 10-minute court ceremony. The other Beatles weren't happy but they dealt with it. The couple, remembered for their unconventional style, were married until John's untimely death in 1980.
1967: Elvis and Priscilla Presley
He was the King of Rock n' Roll, she was a lovely young lady who loved him. They were together for many years before they finally eloped in Las Vegas. They exchanged vows in 1967 in a small ceremony, which Priscilla describes as “My wedding was very unusual but it was just the way we wanted it.”
Priscilla was only in the ninth grade when she first met Elvis, he had to convince her parents to allow her to fly to Los Angeles to meet him. He added the Vegas part of the trip after she landed in LA.
1954: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
Marilyn was a beauty icon known the world over, Joe was a Yankees slugger just as famous as she was. The two met in 1952 when Joe asked a friend of his to arrange for a dinner date with Monroe. They were passionate about each other from the beginning and married on January 14, 1954.
However, their marriage was a volatile one, all 274 days of it. Her image was too much for him to handle and would be a constant source of fighting and "mental cruelty" according to Monroe. They divorced in October of 1954.
1940: Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman
A little bit of mix between Hollywood and politics. Ronald Reagan, before he ever dreamed of becoming President of the United States, was married to his first wife actress Jane Wyman. The two were married in 1940 after two years of dating. They met on the set of the film Brother Rat.
They were married until 1949, at which time they filed for divorce due to his political desires and her Hollywood ambitions. They were worlds apart in where they wanted to be.
1986: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
Arnold was a Hollywood star, she was a relative of the Kennedy family and an aspiring journalist. The two met in 1977 and dated for nine years before getting married on April 26, 1986 in St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Cape Cod. The couple had four kids together.
Arnold ran for Governor of California and won! While during that time he announced that the rumors about him fathering a son out of wedlock were true. Maria filed for divorce in 2011.
1987: Vanessa Williams and Ramon Hervey II
Actress Vanessa Williams was in a bit of pickle when nude photos of her surfaced in 1984, forcing her to renounce her title and return the crown of Miss America. In order to help her with her image, a public relations specialist by the name of Ramon Hervey II was hired.
Her career did indeed recover, and she also ended up marrying Hervey in 1987. They had three kids together but eventually divorced in 1997. Williams went on to remarry twice more.
1988: Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
Rita and Tom are still happily married over 30 years later. That kind of longevity in Hollywood is extremely rare, so it is such a sweet sight when it happens! Tom first saw Rita when he was 16 years old and was watching The Brady Bunch in 1972.
They only met in 1981 on the set of Bosom Buddies, but he knew of her long before. Tom divorced his first wife in 1987, making him fully available to marry Rita on April 30, 1988.
1993: Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola
Songstress Mariah Carey was just 23 years old when she married Tommy Mottola, a music executive who was 20 years older than her. She recalled thinking of herself as a "child bride" and that the marriage was not the best idea. The couple did not have children together and divorced in 1998.
Mottola was the one to bring Mariah's music to life and made her the icon that she is today. So there was indeed a purpose to their union after all.
1960: Deborah Kerr and Peter Viertel
Deborah Kerr is a six-time Academy Award winning actress. She married Peter Viertel, a writer, in July of 1960 in Switzerland. The ceremony was attended by her co-star in The King and I, Yul Brynner. This was Kerr's second wedding and marriage but it turned out to be the one that would stick.
Kerr and Viertel were married until she passed away in 2007. They were one of the longest marriages in Hollywood and also one of the least dramatic couples that there ever was.