Even though she was born in the U.S., dancer, actress, and singer Josephine Baker adopted France as her home, and her career was mostly in Europe. She became the first black woman to star in a major film back in 1927. Baker married French conductor and violinist Jo Bouillon in 1947, at the Milandes Castle in France, in a white feathered hat and a sheath dress.
The two married at Les Milandes chapel on 3rd June, which also happened to be Baker’s 41st birthday. Bouillon was Baker’s fourth husband, and the two stayed together for 14 years, during which they adopted 12 children. She was already middle‐aged when they married and had seemingly given up on the idea of conceiving biologically.
Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli
The singing star of "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Wizard of Oz," Judy Garland became one of America’s most beloved actresses. She met director Vincente Minnelli on the set of "Meet Me in St. Louis," which he was directing, and the couple got married shortly after in 1945. Garland had just turned 23, and Vincente was 19 years her senior.
Minnelli was the brains behind getting Garland to drop her “girl-next-door” image. He hired a makeup artist to give his wife a makeover. The new, sophisticated Judy Garland began appealing to a wider audience and in came a new world of opportunities. The newlywed couple is seen above while Minnelli romantically kisses his new bride's forehead. They were married at Garland’s mother’s home in Hollywood. They had a daughter Liza Minnelli and finally divorced in 1951.
Shirley Temple and John Agar
Beloved Hollywood child actress Shirley Temple was America’s most famous from 1934 to 1938. Below we see a very young 17-year-old Shirley marrying John Agar, a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force that was given special leave for his wedding, considering it was 1945 and the middle of the war.
He was seven years her senior, but Sergeant John Agar had fallen hopelessly in love with Temple ever since meeting her at a Beverly Hills party. He proposed just days before her 17th birthday. The golden-curled icon wore a beautiful sky-blue dress and a tiara, and the bright red lipstick topped it off beautifully. The wedding took place at Temple’s family home. In 1950, they divorced, and Shirley remarried.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
The star of "I Love Lucy," beloved comedienne and actress Lucille Ball, was one of the most adored celebrities in Hollywood during the 50s and 60s. Lucille met Cuban actor and bandleader Desi Arnaz at the beginning of 1940 on a movie set. Ball later told a newspaper that meeting him felt like "true love from the start."
The sparks were flying and fast. By the end of the year, Lucille and Desi had eloped and gotten married in Connecticut. The couple separated for a short time in 1944 and then got back together. Thus, they decided to have a big wedding ceremony in 1949 in California. Above, the couple shares a passionate kiss right after tying the knot.
Jimmy Stewart and Gloria McLean
Famous 50s actor Jimmy Stewart was a known bachelor of Hollywood, and he managed to stay that way for many years despite many proposals. However, in 1949, he finally got married to model, actress, and socialite Gloria Hatrick McLean. He had loved and lost multiple times before, but with McLean it was endgame. He described the meeting as “love at first sight.”
When they met, Stewart was the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood while McLean was a divorced mother of two. The two connected despite being at different stages in their respective personal lives. The couple got married at Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Above we see the newlyweds leave the church, McLean in a beautiful white satin gown and flower headdress. There was a crowd of more than 600 fans waiting outside.