Top 10 Greatest Love Stories
Love is a powerful emotion. Throughout history couples in love have caused wars and controversy, created masterpieces in writing, music, and art. We have created a list of the greatest love stories of all time. Individually, these people are memorable. But as a couple, they’re unforgettable.
10- Ronald and Nancy Reagan
The Reagan’s marriage could have been just another Hollywood union, but instead it became one of the great love stories of the 20th century. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were both professional actors when they married in 1952, he was 41 and she was 30. They didn’t always have it easy, as she overcame breast cancer and he survived an assassination attempt and colon cancer before battling Alzheimer’s disease for the last 10 years of his life, but they made their lifelong romance look easy.
9- Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII
When Edward VIII fell in love with American divorcée Wallis Simpson it was an affair shocked a nation and threw Britain’s monarch into a constitutional crisis. The opposition from the church and government over their marriage, made Edward chose to abdicate the throne. He famously proclaimed his love for Simpson as he addressed the nation in 1936: “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.”
8- Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
When Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera met, he was a famous painter and she was an art student seeking advice from the master. Her parents opposed the marriage as Rivera was 42 and Kahlo 22 when they wed in 1929. Their relationship was tempestuous, fueled by their fiery tempers, and they divorced in 1939 only to remarry a year later.
7- Pierre and Marie Curie
The two famous scientists met in Paris, where Marie had come to study. Their mutual love of science drew them together, and they married a year later. When Marie rejected Pierre’s first proposal because she wanted to return to her native Poland, he said he would go with her, even if it meant he would have to give up science and teach French. The couple worked together throughout their marriage and made breakthrough discoveries that led to Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry.
6- Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Though they were first cousins the two didn’t actually meet until Victoria was sixteen. Royal politics encouraged that the two should marry, and Victoria actually started to enjoy his company. She proposed to him and the two enjoyed a passionate marriage. He died at age 42, and the mourning Victoria wore black for the rest of her life.
5- Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal
The fifth Mughal emperor of India and his beloved wife, Mumtaz, enjoyed 21 happy years of marriage. Though he had other wives for political reasons, he only had eyes for Mumtaz. Their love captured the hearts of artists, poets, and even court documents at the time. Mumtaz died at age 40, while giving birth to their 14th child. Shah Jahan was inconsolable, went into mourning for months, and then returned with white hair and a gaunt face. He commissioned a beautiful marble mausoleum to be built in his beloved wife’s honor, which would eventually become the Taj Mahal.
4- Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII
When the Tudor king fell for a young lady-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn, he was long married to a Spanish princess. But Anne refused to be a royal mistress, and the king rocked the Western world to win his divorce and make Anne queen. Ambassadors could not believe how enslaved the king was by his love for Anne.
3- Mark Antony and Cleopatra
The impossible love affair of this Roman general and his Egyptian queen, along with their war with Rome and mutual suicide, shook the ancient world and inspired one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated dramas. Their relationship was volatile and intense, and still they risked it all in Rome and lost. They chose to die together in 30 BC.
2- John and Abigail Adams
John Adams, the second president of the United States, and his wife, Abigail, shared a passionate and lifelong love affair despite the many separations they endured during their 54 year marriage. The endless stream of letters the couple exchanged for more than half a century proved very clearly that they were not only intellectual equals and political allies but also deeply in love.
1- Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III
A professional actress at 20 and a movie star at 23, Grace Kelly met Rainier III, Prince of Monaco at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955.When Rainer saw Kelly he was initially smitten by her beauty. It didn’t take him a long time to commit to her, after one year they were married .At the age of 52 Princess Grace died of injuries she sustained in a car accident. Prince Rainier never remarried, and was buried alongside her when he died in 2005.