1957 was the year that marked the beginning of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood’s controversial relationship. The two got married in Arizona on December 28 at the Scottsdale United Methodist Church. Hollywood was wildly, prematurely excited about the union, in true Hollywood fashion.
Some news reports even went so far as to declare the wedding a “glittering union of the 20th century.” The marriage would not live up to that sweeping statement or survive the pressures of the industry. They were divorced by 1962. Fast forward ten years later, they were remarried and continued with their often fiery relationship until Wood’s mysterious passing.
A Major Sacrifice
For a romance that rocked Britian and irrevocably changed the monarchy, Edward VIII’s wedding was low-key, probably by design. In 1937 King Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, an American who had been divorced twice. This decision resulted in the shortest reign in British history.
Six months after abdicating the throne, the Duke of Windsor married Simpson at the Chateau De Cande in France. The bride wore a soft blue dress with a matching hat, gloves, and shoes. Reporters weren’t allowed to take photos. As for the groom, he appeared content although his nervousness was evident to guests. The British press surprisingly gave the couple a lot of privacy. We sincerely hope that it was the right decision because that's a pretty big sacrifice.
Burton and Taylor
The first of their two marriages, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, wed in 1964. A romance so intense they married twice – these Hollywood legends and their controversial romance was one for the ages. The love story began as a scandalous affair – both of them were still married to other people when they fell in love.
Taylor wore a bright yellow dress with a beautiful floral headdress for their first wedding. The years that followed were seemingly full of love, romance, and luxurious living. But after 10 years of marriage, things fell apart. They were divorced in 1974 but fortunately rekindled things in 1975 and eventually remarried each other.
Marylin Monroe and James Dougherty
Norma Jean Baker, AKA Marylin Monroe, got married for the first time at just 16 years old to her 21-year-old neighbor James Dougherty on June 19, 1942. The couple moved in to a house in Van Nuys and for the first two years, lived a blissful life together. Their marriage lasted four years.
It became clear she viewed Dougherty more as a father figure than a lover. She even nicknamed him “Daddy.” After he joined the navy, she became increasingly bored by herself. Photos of her taken at work caught the attention of agencies in Los Angeles. Norma Jean was discovered by modeling and acting agencies and could only sign the contract as an unmarried woman. And so it ended.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
One of the lasting Hollywood marriages out there took place in the year 1988 when Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tied the knot. Hanks and Wilson got married in April of that year. The bride chose to wear an unconventional short-length wedding dress – yes, long before the Guns N Roses “November Rain” video made it iconic.
The two are still just as strong over three decades later. Fun fact: Hanks converted to Wilson's Greek Orthodox faith in order to marry her! He would later share in an interview with Oprah that providence played a big part in bringing them together. And even though marriage wasn’t always magical, he knew they would get through anything together. Now if that isn’t couple goals in Hollywood we don’t know what is!