1- E.B. and Katherine White
E.B. White was an author, best known as the writer of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, and she was a spectacular editor. But when they met, he was barely known, and she was stuck inside an unhappy marriage. They were perfect for each other, though, and eventually they got married themselves.
2- Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
Robert, an unknown poet, was a fan of Elizabeth’s, and so wrote her a fan letter. She had a disability and didn’t get out much; she would later say that their long romance—which began with hundreds of letters exchanged—saved her life. They even got married secretly in Italy in 1846.
3- Marie and Pierre Curie
Marie and Pierre, both scientists, met in Paris, where the Polish Marie was studying. They loved each other so much that they married a year after they met each other. They were both lucky, and that they were able to work together on scientific experiments during their marriage. Together, their experiments were so enlightening that the two even won Nobel Prizes for chemistry and physics.
4- Jackie and Rachel Robinson
Jackie, the first black man in American baseball, was able to accomplish everything he did with the help of Rachel. She stood by him, even as he was thrown insults from everyone involved in baseball, and was no doubt a huge part of his success.
5- Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman
This couple’s marriage lasted fifty years—half a century. They lived together in their farmhouse in Connecticut, which was built in the 18th century. They loved each other deeply throughout the long years they shared together.
6- Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
These two actors met in 1991; he had dated a whole slew of celebrities before her. But they fell in love, regardless, and married the next year. They have four children together, and have a wonderful relationship with each other.
7- Bess and Harry Truman
The future president and his wife first met in Sunday school, but they stopped seeing each other after completing high school. Years later, they found each other once again, and they got married. They were married for decades, and even managed to correspond regularly when he was serving during the first World War.
8- Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
These two successful actors of the forties and fifties were great at what they did, and this showed in the rom-coms they worked on together throughout those decades. They were absolutely devoted to each other, and were together for more than a quarter of a century.
9- Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
These two were decades apart in age (he was 52 when they met, and she 28), but that didn’t impede their immense love—even though, then, she was an unknown art teacher, and he was a photographer of international renown. They knew each other for more than thirty years, and exchanged thousands of letters.
10- Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Lucille was an actress in B-movies at the time she met Desi Arnaz. As for Desi, he was a young, Cuban bandleader. They worked on countless projects together, rocketing both of them into stardom—none the least because they worked on I Love Lucy, which is still one of the most famous television comedies of all time. They even formed Desilu Productions because they wanted to stop being separated by work obligations. They even financed the pilot for I Love Lucy with their own hard-earned money.