As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re taking a look at how some of history’s most famous couples spelled out romance.
We’re feeling the love and taking a romantic page (literally) from some famous couples and the sweet (and steamy) letters that have kept their love alive for the ages.
Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy had a 26-year-long affair, though Tracy, who was married, never divorced his wife. The pair acted in nine films together during that time. Hepburn’s love for Tracy lasted long after Spencer died in 1967. In her autobiography Me: Stories of My Life, she includes a letter she wrote to him nearly 20 years after his passing.
Mark Twain & Olivia Louise Langdon
It was love at first site for Mark Twain when he met Olivia Louise Langdon (“Livy” to her friends and family). It look Olivia a little longer for cupid’s arrow to reach her, but when it did, their love story is well documented in the love letters they exchanged throughout their many years together.
Winston Churchill & Clementine Hozier
“Romantic” might not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. But the man had many facets in addition to being a statesman and world leader: he loved to paint, play with his dog and he was a bit of a romantic. He first met his wife-to-be Clementine briefly in 1904, but when fate found them together at a dinner party four years later, there was no denying the attraction. They married soon after their second meeting in 1908. They were married for over 50 years and had five children together. The pair wrote to each other frequently when they found themselves apart. Here is an excerpt from one such note:
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
The enduring romance between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash was depicted in the 2005 film Walk the Line. Their love story is also captured in sincere (and sometimes saucy) sweet nothings like in this note…
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera
The love between the great Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera was both lasting and stormy. In their lives, the couple married, divorced and remarried but their magnetism for each other was filled with betrayals and peppered generously with passion.