10 Sitcom Couples Who Were Married In Real Life
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Cast chemistry can make or break a television show, especially a romantic comedy. A sitcom about a married couple needs believable leads at its center. Of course, there is a simple way to ensure this. A studio can cast a real-life couple.
Well, it’s easier said than done. For starters, incredibly funny husband-wife duos do not just fall off trees. Then there is the fact that Hollywood relationships have the success rate of the Cleveland Browns. If the marriage falls apart, a hit show might, too.
Despite the odds, these loving, lovable partnerships made for some fantastic television. Let’s take a look at some television couples who happened to be married offscreen.
1. OSCAR AND BLANCHE MADISON ON ‘THE ODD COUPLE’
Jack Klugman and Brett Somers
We begin with a failed fictional marriage. The premise of the show, of course is two recently divorced men rooming together. Brett Somers, one of the sharpest wits on Match Game, portrayed Oscar Madison’s ex. It was a case of foreshadowing, of life imitating art. Somers and Klugman would divorce in 1977.
2. COL. HOGAN AND FRÄULEIN HILDA ON ‘HOGAN’S HEROES’
Bob Crane and Sigrid Valdis
Yes, there was love in this WWII prison camp. Hogan and Hilda have a flirtatious, kissing relationship, though it is often implied the romance runs deeper. At one point, the Germany secretary drops his imprisoned beau a hint, telling him she expects an engagement ring in exhange for her help. In 1970, the two actors married on the set of the sitcom.
3. LOUIE DE PALMA AND ZENA SHERMAN ON ‘TAXI’
Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
Louie, the high-strung head dispatcher in the taxi depot, ran hot and cold with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Zena. The actors met and moved in together in 1971, though did not marry until 1982. Just this year, the two separated.