Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Love Like This

Why couldn't it have lasted forever? Musette spotlights some of the past's most iconic couples.

"Je T' non plus"
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane BirkinSwinging London's sweetheart met Paris' most notorious playboy on the set of the French film Slogan in 1968. The two were together for thirteen years. Jane and her self-professed 'mentor' Serge had one child together, the always lovely Charlotte.

"Joanne has always given me unconditional support...To me, that's love."
Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward

The last of Hollywood's golden couples met during the filming of The Long, Hot Summer in 1956. Leading ladies such as Elizabeth Taylor, Pier Angeli and Faye Dunaway couldn't begin to sway the dashing Newman from his wonderful wife. Newman passed away late last year surrounded by he and Joanne's children and grandchildren.

"Oh Yoko, my love will turn you on."
John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Theirs was a creative union never to be outdone. Yoko was a conceptual artist taking London by storm, and as a Beatle, John needs no introduction. Joined by a fierce desire for peace and free love, these two lovebirds helped shaped an era with their music, art and international 'bed in.' On the day following Lennon's murder in December of 1980, Ono released a statement that read, 'John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray for him. Love, Yoko and Sean.'

"Please see for me that her hair hangs long/That's the way I remember her best"
Bob Dylan & Suze Rotolo

Bob Dylan was just twenty when he and Suze met. Rotolo was very much this up and comer's proud sidekick and the two spent four full years partying against the backdrop of Greenwich Village's folk music revival. Today, Ms. Rotolo lives only several blocks from the modest walk-up apartment in which she and Bobby D. once called home.

"I lived a few weeks when she loved me."
Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

Lauren was Bogie's baby in every way; it was what he renamed her and how he referred to her in conversation. Bacall was twenty when she wed Bogart, who was twenty-five years her senior. With a significant difference in age and two outrageously successful acting careers, the couple managed to maintain an enviable union until Humphrey's death in 1957. Bacall and Bogart had been married for twelve years.