ACCORDING TO GOSSIP COLUMNIST LIZ SMITH,
five couples "kept us spellbound"
over the past eighty years: Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Edward and Mrs. Simpson, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Here are highlights from our coverage of these --and a few other-- great romances.
The country found its Honeymooning Hero last week, lost him, found him again. He was on a boat. Five days after Bachelor Charles Augustus Lindbergh, 27, married Spinster Anne Spencer Morrow, 21, a 38-ft. Elco cruiser chugged alongside a small dock in New Harbor, Block Island...
From Put Put
Jun. 17, 1929
W. G. Rogers was a World War I doughboy on furlough when he bumped into Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in a French provincial hotel. Miss Toklas ('Pussy,' Miss Stein called her) was wearing 'a sort of uniform,' consisting of a cloak and a skirt with vast baggy pockets...
From Makers of Wonder Bread
Aug. 16, 1948
She waits until the last chapter to talk about Tracy, who she says initially believed the rumor that she was a lesbian. She says she never knew how he really felt about her....
From A Bad Case of HEPBURN
By Margaret Carlson
Jun. 29, 1992
Assuming that Mrs. Simpson becomes the wife of the man who last week called her before all the world 'the woman I love,' must she then be Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Windsor?
From "Duchess of Windsor"
Dec. 21, 1936
One day last week, Clark Gable got into his cream-colored roadster, picked up Carole Lombard and drove 350 miles east to Kingman, Ariz. There they bought a license from an awestruck clerk...
From Boy Gets Girl
Apr. 10, 1939
Bacall was, and to some extent always will be, Bogie's Baby. When they met in 1944 while co-starring in To Have and Have Not, she was 19 and he was 44.
From Bringing Up Bogie's Baby
By R.Z. Sheppard
Dec. 25, 1978
The Grace Kelly Story, as Hollywood might have called it, was the stuff that celluloid dreams are made of, but the reality kept threatening to get in the way of the romance....
From Moon Over Monte Carlo
Apr. 30, 1956
Everyone, in short, knows who Richard Burton is, or at least what he is at the moment. He is the demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm and burgonet of men, the fellow who is living with Elizabeth Taylor.
From The Man on the Billboard
Apr. 26, 1963
On national television, Charles and Diana engagingly discussed the most widely publicized 'secret' courtship in the history of the court.
From Prince Charles Picks a Bride
By Claudia Wallis
Mar. 9, 1981