8 Of Our Favorite Celebrity Power Couples Through The Decades
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America has always been a celebrity-obsessed culture. Even before tabloids and gossip websites existed, we loved knowing what celebrities were doing and saying. We especially love knowing who they’re dating. The most exciting celebrity couples are the ones who have their own lives and careers in the public eye outside of each other.
Though stars have the ability to determine what the public can and cannot see — especially in the days before the internet — we have act as if we know what their relationships are like. We love to think the public image of two musicians or actors we love is as happy behind closed doors as they are in front of the camera. Sometimes they are!
Sadly, not all epic love stories have happy endings, though. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate what existed at one time. Here are some of our favorite power couples over the years.
1. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
Anyone who’s seen films like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Woman of the Year or Without Love can see the chemistry that brewed between Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Though everyone could witness their onscreen romance, they could never be public with their off-screen love because Tracy was married.
Tracy and his wife separated in the ’30s, but never divorced. It wasn’t until Tracy got sick in the early ’60s that Hepburn moved in with him to help care for him until he died. Hepburn didn’t attend his funeral and didn’t speak publicly about him until his wife died in 1983.
“I loved Spencer Tracy,” Hepburn wrote in her autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life. “I would have done anything for him.”
2. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Hollywood has had its fair share of tumultuous relationships, but the one with the most notorious reputation would have to be that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The two were married twice and divorced twice and had countless other lovers, but the spark between the two of them was electric, keeping them in contact until he died in 1984.
They met on the set of Cleopatra in 1963, while they were still married to their previous spouses. According to Marie Claire, their first on-screen kiss lasted well beyond the director’s “cut.” An affair ensued, which was heavily covered by the media. After they each divorced their spouses in 1964 they got married. Due to alcohol use and dramatic fights, they divorced ten years later. After only being separated for a year, they remarried. This marriage lasted less than a year.
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