Thursday, February 13, 2014

Look Back at the Lovers from Our Era, Seniors

I prowled around online in the google images search engine, found love images I liked and then collaged them together. The above are valentines images from our era whereas the collage I made below is of famous couples from our era either onscreen or off (or both). There were a few images that absolutely cracked me up above. Charlton Heston kissing the woman ape had me laughing uproariously.  How could I have forgotten that from Planet of the Apes? This was when we all liked him before some of his fans turned against him when he took up being president of the NRA. The Beatles performing on Ed Sullivan with big metal hearts around them--they look like dorks doing that but we thought they were the greatest. Do you remember the film A Man and a Woman? It was a great romance film and we all loved it. For many of us it was our first foreign film experience. But my favorite is of Cupid with the arrow in his back. If ever there was an anti-Valentine, that is it. 

Then there are the couples. I suppose no one could have been bigger than Liz and Dick as the couple to end all couples. Apparently crowds even chanted, "Liz and Dick, Liz and Dick," whenever they saw them together. The only long range successful love story here though is Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward who remained together for decade upon decade until his death a few years ago in his 80s. Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger broke up over drugs. He couldn't handle her heroin use anymore. Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland were a hot item both on and off screen but it didn't last long. Cher divorced Sonny ages ago and then he ran into a tree on his skis and died. Rock Hudson probably was more attracted to Tony Randall, his costar, than to his lead Doris Day, not that you could tell from his work as an actor (he was great in these!). Beatty and Dunaway looked great onscreen together but in those days he went through women like kleenex. John and Yoko didn't have as long as they thought ahead of them when they did their "Bed In" for peace. Woody and Diane--they should have stayed together for everyone's sake. And Marlon, a disaster with women offscreen if ever there was one, made one of the greatest movies about passion, romance and love ever made. 

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.
by William Butler Yeats

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