When you think of Hollywood I am sure you don't think of lasting marriages and epic love stories. But if you look close enough and dig a little deeper you can find a nice handleful of beautiful, long lasting testimonies of love in the land of Hollywood.
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
Fifty-two years of marriage!!!! Do you know many people who have had that??? I loved how these two not only lived life together but worked together on such films as, Cocoon, *batteries not included, and Foxfire to name a few. They both acted since a young age and had a long and successful movie and theater careers. I know most people will remember them as being older but they both were acting since the late 1930's/early 1940's!! Look for one of their films, you will be delightfully surprised!
Although Lombard and Gable's marriage was short lived due to her tragic death in 1942, it was indeed an epic love story, especially for Gable who never fully recovered from her passing. They married in 1939 while Gable was filming Gone with the Wind. It has been said that the time they spent together was the happiest in his life and gave her a great deal of stability that she lacked. They would even refer to one another as "Ma" and "Pa", you can't get any sweeter than that.
Leigh and Olivier became friends while filming "The Mask of Virtue" but by the film Fire Over England in 1937 they had become lovers. One problem though-they were both married at the time! Neither spouse signed the divorce papers so until 1940 they simply lived together secretly. They were married for twenty years, until 1960. Perhaps it might not have been the happiest marriage because of Leigh's mental illness, but there was no doubt that they had a deep love and respect for one another. They enjoyed one another's company and loved working with each other doing theatre and film work. Even though Olivier remarried, he was at her bedside when she tragically passed on from a recurring bout with tuberculosis.
I hope you enjoyed Part One of my "Epic Classic Hollywood LOVE Stories"!