Countdown to Oscar: 9 Glamorous Hollywood Couples of All Time
Living in such a social media world where you are scrutinized within an inch of your life, Hollywood glamour and pop culture are always on the radar as are all of it stars.
Even more interesting are the Hollywood Glamour Couples, so here are my top picks for the Glamorous Couples of All Time (in no particular order of course).
1. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Dick and Liz, as the media affectionately dubbed them, were a staple of Hollywood glamour and red carpets. Both known for their unapologetic candor, it is safe to say that they were definitely the original “bad boy and diva” of the red carpet. In addition to being one the biggest movie stars in the world, Taylor lent her name to a still thriving perfume and jewelry line, as well as the CEO of the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. Richard Burton died in 1984 and Elizabeth Taylor passed on in 2011.
2. Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman
These two were iconically, classic Hollywood. Newman, was the steel blue-eyed Hollywood hunk and Woodward the brainy beauty. The Oscar winners remained a couple until the untimely death of Newman at age 83. Woodward continues to act, mostly with small roles and voice-over work.
3. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
They met on the set of the film Daredevil and their lives have never been the same. Oscar winner Ben Affleck has taken a page from the George Clooney book by being a force to be reckoned with as a director, producer, actor and writer. Garner seamlessly made the transition from television to film and last year Co-Starred in the most buzzed about film of last season The Dallas Buyers Club. Both gorgeous and seemingly very kind-spirited people, Affleck and Garner make being a movie star look easy juggling career and family.
4. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
She was the Sock-It-To-Me girl on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, who went on to become an Oscar winning actress and he was the Disney kid who grew up to be a teen and adult heartthrob. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together for over 30 years and whenever they grace the red carpet it is always with elation and joy to be at the party. Oh…BTW…Goldie’s daughter Kate Hudson is a bonafide star in her own right and winning a Golden Globe Award and Oscar nomination for her role in the Cameron Crowe film – Almost Famous. Here’s clip from a comedy I loved watching them in called Overboard.
5. Jada Pinkett and Will Smith
He was the historic Grammy winning Fresh Prince of Bel-Air who kicked alien butt on Independence Day while joining Men in Black. She joined Oscar nominated Queen Latifah as a bank robber in Set It Off. They met in Hollywood and the rest is history. Oscar nominated Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith show the world that love is alive and well between people of color and shows no signs of slowing down. They always bring classic beauty and glamour to any red carpet lucky enough to have them. FYI…Jada auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend on The Fresh Prince and lost the role to Nia Long (The Best Man).
6. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
It was scandalous when Brad Pitt worked with Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The chemistry was undeniable (just as it was more than 20 years ago with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra). Brad Pitt stole everyone’s heart with his brief, but memorable stint in the now classic film Thelma and Louise. Jolie showed up on the scene, broke down what makes a chick a Girl Interrupted and walked away with an Oscar. Jolie and Pitt are the perfect blend of glamour, brains and immense humanity. Pitt, winning an Oscar for producing last year’s monster hit 12 Years a Slave has many other projects up his sleeve. I, for one, can’t wait to see what he does next and Jolie made an impressive directorial debut this year with Unbroken. Take a peek at the film that started it all and turned up the heat on their relationship…
7. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
She was a theatre usher and he was a middle aged movie star, but together…they were pure magic. Humphrey Bogart made a career being a guy who always had a dilemma and made being a gangster look glamourous. When Lauren Bacall crossed his path in To Have or Have Not, Hollywood would find themselves embracing a new kind of power couple. They remained married until Bogart’s death in January 1957 and Bacall passed away in 2014. Although Bogart rook Oscar home for his role opposite Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen, Bacall was only nominated once for her role as Barbra Streisand’s mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces, but enjoyed other successes on Broadway and as an author. Take a look at the iconic scene that was the beginning of the stuff Hollywood legends are made of.
8. Carole Lombard and Clark Gable
Clark Gable was a true “matinee idol” and Carole Lombard was the charming, yet stunning comedienne. Being stars during Hollywood’s Golden Era, you can say that they were America’s first couple stalked by the media. The press took great interest in their partnership constantly hounding the couple regarding wedding plans. They eventually wed and two years later Lombard perished in a fatal plane crash along with her mother and Gables’ press agent – Otto Winkler. Gable would go on to act in 27 more films and remarry twice. “But he was never the same,” said Esther Williams. “He had been devastated by Carole’s death.” Clark Gable died from a heart attack in 1959. Take a look at one of the rare moments they had on screen together…
9. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
Warren Beatty was a notorious Hollywood playboy with his name being linked from starlets ranging from Natalie Wood to Madonna. But, when he starred opposite Annette Bening in Bugsy, it was clear his bachelor days were crawling to a close. Beatty has been nominated 14 times for an Oscar and won for “Reds”. He is the only person to have been nominated for best producer, director, writer and actor in the same film — doing so twice for Heaven Can Wait, which he co-starred, co-wrote and co-directed with Buck Henry). Bening has been nominated four times, but has yet to take home Oscar. Here they are in Bugsy…