Well, it’s that time of year again! Time for single people to feel like shit for being single, non-single people to feel pressure to be extra romantic, and naturally romantic people to just go fuck themselves. Yep, it’s Valentine’s season! And what better way to feel shit about your own romantic situation than to look at some of the sexiest, most intense romances in Hollywood history?
Hollywood has had many sexy romances , which isn’t really surprising since the entertainment industry is jam packed with hot bitches, but some relationships stand out more than others. Maybe it’s because the two people are so passionate, or the relationship was so fiery, or everyone involved was just so damn sexy, but these 10 romances definitely stand out and will go down in history.
Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is easily one of the sexiest and most scandalous celebrities of all time, and she had many high-profile relationships (Happy Birthday, Mr. President, anyone?) But I think her most standout romance was with one-time husband, Joe DiMaggio. The two had a volatile 274 day marriage, but it was said they never stopped loving each other.
DiMaggio re-entered Monroe’s life as her marriage to playwright, Arthur Miller, was coming to an end. Then, in February of 1961, he secured her release from Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. She then joined him in Florida where he was a batting coach for the Yankees. It was rumored that DiMaggio told friends in late July of 1962 that he was planning on asking Marilyn to re-marry him, but she was found dead of an apparent suicide on August 5th.
DiMaggio paid for all her funeral costs and prevented it from being a Hollywood circus. He had a half-dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for 20 years. He refused to talk about her publicly and never married again. When he died in 1999, his last words were “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
Amazingly enough, there was a time when Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee were both considered very sexy. It was a time called the 1990’s. It was a magical time, a simpler time. They got married in February 1995, after knowing each other for 96 hours/4 days. Their PDA was insane, they were both successful and sexy, and there was the sex tape! Who can forget the original and infamous celebrity sex tape from their honeymoon?!
They seemed so in love and were both so naked! (And both had some impressive assets to show off). They’ve broken up and gotten back together about a million times, he went to jail for beating her up, she said her gave her Hep C, and now they seem to be on good terms, so their relationship is pretty intense. Pamela is currently married to the guy who starred in a sex tape with Paris Hilton (they obviously met at the Celebrity Sex Tape Stars Convention), but Tommy will go down in history as her most famous romance.
Victoria and David Beckham
Posh and Becks are actually one of my all-time favorite celebrity couples and they are never allowed to break up. I think they’re perfect in every way and have four of the most beautiful children and they’re just great.
The story goes, back in 1997, David Beckham was watching tv with some friends and he saw the Spice Girls video for “Wannabe” and apparently had the same reaction that 11-year-old me did, because he apparently thought she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. In fact, during the video he said to his friends “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.”
He requested to meet her, and they started dating that year. Of their initial meeting, she said, “I didn’t really know who he was. I was never into football.” In 1998, they MUTUALLY proposed to each other (Girl Power and all) and married in July 1999. That means they’ve been married almost 15 years, which is pretty remarkable in the land of celebrities. They have four beautiful children, lucrative careers, they’re both extremely sexy, and seem genuinely in love. It’s sickening, I know.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
I guess when I said “Sexiest Romances in Hollywood History” I meant Hollywood as the entire entertainment industry, though both Gwen and Gavin have appeared in films, so that’s something! Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale constantly blow my mind. They’re both so talented, neither of them age so they’re basically forever sexy, they have two beautiful little boys (soon to be three), and even after being together almost 20 years, they still seem so into each other.
They met in mid-1995 while touring together and started dating shortly after. They broke up a couple of times, but eventually married in September 2002. A paternity test in 2004 revealed that Rossdale’s god-daughter, Daisy Lowe (who was fifteen years old at the time), was actually his biological daughter with model and designer Pearl Lowe. Stefani was “devastated and infuriated” at the discovery, leading to a rocky patch in her relationship with Rossdale. However, things seemed to work out pretty well since they’re about to have their third son now and both Rossdale and his daughter, Lowe, say everyone has a good relationship.
Johnny and June Cash
If you’ve seen the movie “Walk the Line” then you know just how intense and passionate the love between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash was. The two met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. June was singing backup for Elvis Presley, and it was Elvis who turned her on to Johnny’s music, but it actually took her a while to warm up to Johnny himself, despite their undeniable attraction (as immortalized in the song, ‘Ring of Fire’).
They were both married, but ended up having a heated affair. He proposed several times before June finally said yes, to a proposal made in front of 7,000 fans at a live show in 1968. Johnny and June were married for 35 years and had one son together, John Carter Cash. June died on May 15, 2003. Her husband followed less than four months later on September 12.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
As if I don’t publicly kiss Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s asses enough. If you don’t understand why they’re on a sexiest romance list, you should maybe go watch the videos for “Drunk in Love” and “Partition” like right now. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were first linked back in 2002. They did a ton of duets together, but refused to ever confirm their relationship.
Hell, I don’t even know if they’d confirmed their relationship when they secretly married in 2008! However, they opened up more once they got married. Beyoncé told Oprah in an interview that she and Jay-Z were actually friends first, and they spent a year and a half talking on the phone before they even had their first date.
She credits this friendship to being the foundation of their relationship. Their creative talents finally merged in 2003 with the release of Jay-Z’s song “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” featuring Beyoncé. Beyonce also told Oprah “I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man.” Awwww.
Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey
Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey had one of the most famous affairs in Hollywood history. In her autobiography she wrote, “It was a unique feeling that I had for [Tracy]. I would have done anything for him.” They met when she was 34 and he was 41, and Tracey initially thought Hepburn was a lesbian (she did wear a lot of pants).
Tracy, a devout Catholic, remained married throughout their relationship; although he and his wife, Louise, had been living separate lives since the 1930s. Hepburn understood that due to his religious beliefs, divorcing his wife was out of the question (but having a side-piece was A-OK). Tracy’s health declined significantly in the 1960s, and Hepburn took a five-year break in her career to care for him.
He moved into Tracy’s house for this period, and was with him when he died on June 10, 1967. Out of consideration for Tracy’s family, she did not attend his funeral. They were together for twenty-seven years. In response to the question of why she stayed with Tracy for so long, despite the nature of their relationship, she said, “I honestly don’t know. I can only say that I could never have left him.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Hands down, Brangelina is one of the most captivating and beautiful and famous/infamous couples of all-time. Even though both were married at the time (which seems to be a trend in all great romances), when I heard that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were making a movie together (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), I thought “those two are 100% going to end up together. I mean, they’re the two best looking people on the planet!”
And, sure enough, I was right. In early 2005, Brad Pitt split from then-wife, Jennifer Aniston, and his relationship with Angelina quickly became a tabloid sensation. It became a much-publicized Hollywood scandal when they were alleged to have begun an affair while Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Jolie denied this on several occasions, but both admitted that they “fell in love” on the set.
In April 2005, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, a set of paparazzi photos emerged that showed Pitt, Jolie, and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya, which seemed to confirm the rumors of a relationship between Pitt and Jolie. In January of 2006, Angelina confirmed she was pregnant with Pitt’s child. They now have three adopted children together (Maddox, Zahara, and Pax) and three biological children together (Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox). They’re beautiful, talented, do-gooders who can basically do no wrong in my eyes.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
The Vatican condemned Burton and Taylor’s affair, which began when both were married to others, as “erotic vagrancy”, so you KNOW this was a sexy romance. The two began an on-set affair in 1963, and married in 1964. The relationship was extremely volatile and they divorced in June 1974, only to remarry in October 1975 and divorce again in 1976.
The press closely followed their relationship before, during, and after their ten years of marriage, due to great public interest in “the most famous film star in the world and the man many believed to be the finest classical actor of his generation.” Taylor wanted to focus on her marriage rather than her career, and gained weight in an unsuccessful attempt to not receive film roles. Burton said of his famous romance with Taylor, “You can’t keep clapping a couple of sticks [of dynamite] together without expecting them to blow up.”
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
The romance of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall is one of the greatest in Hollywood history. They were married in May 1945 when she was only 20 and he was 45. Humphrey & Lauren (or Bogie & Baby, as they so fondly called one another) had an instant attraction to one another, and the sparks that flew whenever they were in a room together.
Bogart had just been signed to the movie To Have and Have Not, and the director, Howard Hawks, was on the lookout for the perfect female lead to work opposite him; along comes the young Lauren Bacall. Through out the movie, Humphrey took on the role of mentor and teacher, and the pair instantly formed an intimate bond.
However, unfortunately at that time, Humphrey was involved in a loveless marriage to actress Mayo Methot. The pair began a very discreet affair, because, like I said, that seems to be how most of these great romances start out. The affair continued for some months until finally, in February 1945, Humphrey & Mayo divorced and he soon married Bacall. Bacall says of their wedding:
When I reached Bogie, he took my hand — the enormous, beautiful white orchids I was holding were shaking themselves to pieces; as I stood there, there wasn’t a particle of me that wasn’t moving visibly…As I glanced at Bogie, I saw tears streaming down his face — his ‘I do’ was strong and clear, though. As Judge Shettler said, “I now pronounce you man and wife,’ Bogie and I turned toward each other — he leaned to kiss me — I shyly turned my cheek — all those eyes watching made me very self-conscious. He said, ‘Hello, Baby’. I hugged him and was reported to have said, “Oh, goody.’ Hard to believe, but maybe I did.
They remained married until Bogey’s death from esophageal cancer in 1957