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Romantic Couples - Top 10 Famous Historical Love Couples

A fascination with the lives of the rich and famous is a part of human nature. Because we spend so much time dealing with the personal struggles of our own lives, we also become deeply curious about the personal struggles of the beautiful and powerful people that we look up to.

 

Sometimes the public delights over a juicy scandal, but other times our hearts are warmed by what seems to be a journey of true love taking place before our very eyes.For better or worse, here are some of the most legendary couples from music, screen, and the rolls of history.


1. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

The most well-known couple in the magazines today and for the last six years, this inseparable pair (frequently known as “Brangelina”) emerged as just the thing to satisfy the public’s craving for A-list celebrity hookups. Their relationship has proven to be far more stable than anyone predicted at first, and the two have been raising several children together.


2. Mark Antony & Cleopatra

Cleopatra VII, the Last Pharaoh of Egypt, was a remarkable woman with a similarly remarkable series of lovers. She carried on an affair with Julius Caesar before his death, then later became romantically involved with the great Roman general, Mark Antony. The two plotted to gain control of the Empire of Rome, but were thwarted and committed suicide before they could be captured.


3. Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward

Paul Newman was a gorgeous heartthrob movie star in the 50s and 60s, and as such he was expected to act the part of the Hollywood playboy. Instead, he surprised everyone with his devotion to his second wife, Joanne Woodward. The two were married for fifty years until his death in 2008, and Newman’s response when asked whether he ever wanted an affair was as follows: “Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home?”


4. Bonnie & Clyde

Though they were murderers and outlaws, the American public was riveted to the exploits of robber couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow during their time at large in the early 1930s. The wild, unpredictable image of two criminals terrorizing the countryside while in love with each other created a sense of dangerous romance that found its way into American folklore forever, even well after the couple’s death at the hands of the police.


5. Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton

The affair, and later marriage, of film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was considered to be highly scandalous, but was also irresistible to the public. The Vatican famously condemned their marriage, and the two were always fighting, getting married to each other and then divorcing twice. Despite the arguments and hedonistic lifestyle, the passion they had for one another was undeniable.


6. John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Both of these famous artists had several love affairs throughout their lives, but they are most known for the relationship that they built with one another. John Lennon and Yoko Ono met when the former was already beginning to feel estranged from his then-wife as well as the Beatles themselves. They embarked on a partnership of love, art, and activism that is still noted for its creativity and strangeness.


7. Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

As they were both renowned Mexican painters, Frida Kahlo was the less famous of the pair while they were alive, but in the decades since has gained greater recognition (just as Diego Rivera himself once predicted).  Their marriage was often troubled and both of them carried on frequent extramarital affairs, but the true love they had for each other never waned, serving as an inspiration to artists everywhere.


8. Bill & Melinda Gates

Wealthy billionaire Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is known for his dedication to his wife of more than seventeen years, Melinda. The furthest thing from a trophy wife, Melinda Gates has been a business partner and fellow philanthropist to her husband for as long as they have been together. The two of them run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a very successful charity.


9. Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy

Perhaps the most legendary relationship ever between Hollywood stars, the love affair of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy that went on for twenty-seven years has come to define both of them in memory. Although Tracy was separated from his wife at the time, he did not want to carry on a public affair with Hepburn in order not to embarrass his family, and so the two were devoted to one another in secret.


10. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert

Queen Victoria, nineteenth-century monarch of England, was unusually devoted to her husband, Prince Albert of Germany. Though their marriage was arranged, the two of them were deeply in love and produced nine children. When Prince Albert died at a relatively young age, Queen Victoria went into deep mourning and did not cease mourning him for the rest of her life, a period of forty years.
 

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