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Heart to Heart: 5 Famous Love Letters

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

Sparks On The Set: 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.

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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. 

Katharine Hepburn love letter excerpt

For full letter, please visit Letters of Note or purchase Katharine Hepburn’s autobiography

Mark Twain & Olivia Louise Langdon

Mark Twain Photo

Mark Twain

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.

Mark Twain love letter

“Livy Darling, I am grateful — grate-fuller than ever before — that you were born, & that your love is mine & our two lives woven & melded together! – SLC (Letter via Blogs.Courant.com & Mark Twain House)

Winston Churchill & Clementine Hozier

Winston Churchill and his soon to be wife Clementine

Winston Churchill with fiancée Clementine Hozier shortly before their marriage in 1908. (Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

“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:

Winston Churchill love letter excerpt

(Excerpt of letter from Winston to Clementine. Text via Library Online.

Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash

Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in 1969. (Photo: Joel Baldwin (LOOK Magazine, April 29, 1969. p.72) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

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…

Johnny Cash love letter

“Hey June, This is really nice June. You’ve got a way with words and a way with me as well. The fire and excitement may be gone now that we don’t go out there and sing them anymore but the ring of fire still burns around you and I, keeping our love hotter than a pepper sprout. Love, John” (Image via Dyer & Jenkins)

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in 1932 (Photo: Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Frida Kahlo love letter

Frida Kahlo love letter to Diego Rivera: “Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. You are the mirror of the night. the violent flash of lightning. The dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. My fingers touch your blood. All my joy is to feel life spring from your flower-fountain that mine keeps to fill all the paths of my nerves which are yours.” (Photo of letter via BrainPickings.org)