Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton - Undying Love
Enmeshed in the spirit of undying love, the love story of Queen of the Nile Cleopatra and Roman General Mark Anthony did not end in a happily ever after... But being a tale fraught with drama and sensation, it captured people?s minds for hundreds of years. When Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love on the set of movie Cleopatra, whilst playing Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, it was the start of their own intense and passionate, yet tragic love story. Both still married to others, their affair becomes a public scandal. With Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton only nine days after her divorce to Eddie Fisher in 1964, fans disapproved, but the intensity of the love between the stars was undeniable. Sadly, the flame did not endure and the couple divorced in 1974, only to remarry the following year. Their second marriage lasted only one year and a second divorce took place in 1976. Still...Taylor kept wearing the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond given to her by Burton, perhaps a symbol of her undying love for him. Great Love demands Great Sacrifices. In History and in Hollywood.
Ginevra ?Daisy? King and F. Scott Fitzgerald - Unattainable Love
In the Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby?s entire fortune and life, was built upon the hope that someday he might rekindle his love with Daisy Buchanan. Rumor has it that Scott Fitzgerald?s first love, Ginevra King, a beautiful and wealthy debutante from Lake Forest, IL, daughter of a successful Chicago stockbroker, had been the inspiration for Daisy. Fitzgerald, then a sophomore at Princeton University, and Ginevra met at a sledding party. Fitzgerald, the son of a wholesale grocery salesman, was aware of his financial and social limitations, but relied on his writing talent to win her over, he did. Infatuated with each other, they were an integral part of the social scene in New York for two years, But like Daisy, Ginevra chose wealth and social status, marrying William Mitchell, the son of her father?s business associate, which encouraged Fitzgerald?s fixation on wealth and the privileges of the upper class. Ginevra remained Fitzgerald?s archetype for the alluring, independent, upper class woman, in the end...unattainable for someone of a modest social background like himself.
Princess Grace and Prince Rainier - Fairy Tale Love
When Oscar winning actress and icon, Grace Kelly married Monaco?s Prince Rainier III in ?the Wedding of the Century?, she retired from stage and screen to become Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco. Grace and Rainier met at a photo session at the Palace of Monaco, during the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, where after they started a correspondence. Eight months later, in January 1956, it was announced that Grace and Prince Rainier were engaged to be married. The Prince had proposed to his Hollywood Princess with a beautiful Cartier 12-carat emerald-cut diamond ring. On the 4th of April 1956, watched by thousands of screaming fans and hundreds of news reporters, Grace boarded the SS Constitution in New York Harbor and sailed away to her new life in Monaco. With her went her pet poodle, six bridesmaids, friends and family as well as eighty pieces of luggage.The couple was married before eighty guests in a civil ceremony in the Throne Room of the Grimaldi Palace on the 18th of April followed by a religious ceremony at Saint Nicolas? Cathedral in Monaco, in front of six hundred guests and watched by 30 million television viewers world wide. Grace Kelly wore a beautiful wedding gown designed by MGM?s costume designer Helen Rose, illustrating the mixture of Hollywood Glamour and High Society.
Patti Hansen and Keith Richards - Rock Steady Love
When model Patti Hansen met Keith Richards at Studio 54 she did not know exactly who he was. Sure, she knew the Rolling Stones, but as a soul fan she listened to the Supremes, Smokey Robinson. Nine months later they met again at a birthday party at the Roxy Rolling Rink, followed by courtship of Keith making Patti mix tapes with beautifully illustrated covers. They have been together ever since. Two daughters, Theodora and Alexandra were born soon after their Cabo San Lucas wedding in 1983. The family lived on the beaches of Antigua and Jamaica until the girls had to go to school. Then the family moved back to New York while they built their house on a leafy lane in Connecticut, not knowing the many trials laying ahead of them. Patti got a breast-cancer scare in 2005, then a frightening tree climbing incident on a remote Fijian island, resulted in blood clots in Keith?s brain. In 2007 Patti was diagnosed with bladder cancer and together with Keith she struggled through the effects of chemotherapy and complicated surgery. The couple stayed cocooned in their Connecticut home, making stews and watching movie after movie together, to come out healthy and stronger. True love not only can survive everything, it can also make you survive. As it is for Patti and Keith, Rock and Roll?s strongest simply rock on.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama - Powerful Love
Following Law School, Michelle Obama worked at Chicago Law Firm ?Sidley Austin? where she was assigned to mentor and advise a summer associate from Harvard.... Barack. After refusing to go out with Barack for a month, Michelle agreed to spend the day with him. They went to the art institute, had lunch at an outdoor cafe, walked and talked, saw the movie Do the Right Thing, and had a drink on the 99th floor of the John Hancock building. By the end of that date... Michelle was in love. People around the now happy couple understood that putting the two of them together would create an unbelievable life force. A life force the couple needed when Barack?s career demanded more of Michelle as well. Continuing to balance work and family life with their teenage daughters Sasha and Mala, Barack and Michelle understand as well the importance of putting a priority on their time as a couple together. Even with both of their busy schedules, Barack and Michelle make time for one another. Showing their affection to the world, their relationship stands for harmony, shared humor and easy communication. A modern partnership between equals. With the couple heading for their 20th wedding anniversary, spending time together has paid off.
Cameron and Mitchell - Modern Love
ABC?s Modern Family has given the world one of the loveliest and high profile gay couples on prime time. Flashy, carefree and affectionate Cameron Tucker and his longtime partner, the tightly wound lawyer Mitchell Pritchett. Although Mitchell is frequently rather critical of Cameron and the two bicker a fair bit, opposites do attract and bubbly Cameron proofs to be the perfect counterbalance for Mitchell?s sometimes uptight, worrying ways. Part of the family dynamic is also Vietnamese baby Lily, who turned the couple into a two-father family with Cameron as Stay-At-Home-Dad. Dealing with the ups and downs of parenthood, showing very different parenting techniques, disagreeing on almost everything, ?Cam? and ?Mitch? merely want to be great parents to their adopted girl, and try to support each other as best they can through life's trials and tribulations. This is the very definition of modern love.