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I Now Pronounce You Husband and Wife and Co-Stars: Husbands & Wives Who Starred in Movies Together

Kurt F. Stone
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Course Description

Most movie buffs are well aware of famous costarring teams: Powell & Loy, Tracy & Hepburn, Stanwyck and MacMurray. Lesser known are the costars who were married to one another in real life Interestingly, lawfully married couples rarely played husbands-and-wives on screen. The eight films we will screen costar real-life husbands and wives. With few exceptions, these couples had amongst the longest marriages in all Hollywood history.


  1. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall: "Dark Passage", (1947) -The third of their four movies together, Bogart stars as an escaped convict who pairs up with Bacall to try to prove his innocence.
  2. Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester: "Rembrandt", (1936) - One of nearly a dozen pictures in which they co-starred, this is unquestionably the best.
  3. Lawrence Olivier and Vivian Leigh: "That Hamilton Woman", (1941) - The story of a notorious French courtesan and the man she married, Lord Nelson.
  4. Taylor and Burton: "The Taming of the Shrew", (1967) - A sparkling rendition of Shakespearean fluff.
  5. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne: "The Guardsman" (1931) - America’s “First Couple of the Theatre” only made one film together...and it was utterly brilliant.
  6. Frederic March and Florence Eldridge: "Les Misérables", (1935) - Among the best stage actors ever to star in motion pictures, they made  seven films together.
  7. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward: "The Long Hot Summer", (1958) - From a Faulkner short story.
  8. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening: "Bugsy", (1991) - The story of how Benjamin (“Bugsy”) Siegel invented Las Vegas.

About the Instructor

  • Kurt F. Stone, D.D., is now in his 24th year with Lifelong Learning. His passion for film is, he says, "genetic," having been born in Hollywood, CA, and raised both in and around the movie industry. Stone is a multi-disciplinary sort of man who has also written two well-received books on Congress, published nearly 900 essays, is an ordained rabbi, and earns his living as a medical ethicist.


    Recipient of the 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award