Is it that time again?? Why, yes it is...it’s Thursday Time which means another 3 movies to choose and enter it over at Wandering Through The Shelves the originator of this great weekly event. This week it is all about real life couples who starred in movies together. So, without further adieu, here are my 3.
1. THAT HAMILTON WOMAN-1941
This film stars the beautiful and talented Vivien Leigh and the equally beautiful and talented Laurence Olivier as star crossed lovers from history-Lady Hamilton and Lord Horatio Nelson. These 2 lovebirds started an affair when they first appeared onscreen in 1936 (Fire Over England) when both were married to others and it was quite torrid. They were deeply in love and created quite the buzz in Hollywood when she came over to film Gone With The Wind. This film is the first and last film they made as a married couple. The costumes are amazing and Vivien looked right at home in these outfits. It is purely romantic but also a propaganda film for the war effort (Churchill's Favourite). We see this film through Lady Hamilton's eyes who is married to a high ranking official when she meets Nelson, considered the greatest British Naval hero ever. To be honest, Nelson's affair with Hamilton is the stuff of legend as Hamilton was beautiful and in love with Nelson...and vice-versa but, when he dies, she was cast aside. The passion of the real life couple playing the passion of these historical people is just too good to miss.
2. PAT AND MIKE-1952
This film stars Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn as a sports promoter and an athlete, play by Kate. She is engaged to be married to an idiot who flusters her every time he comes around to watch her play golf or tennis. Mike sees this and makes sure he is not around which suits him just swell since he is developing feelings for her...and vice versa. She helps him in other areas..like dealing with thugs. It is a fun, light comedy that flows smoothly due to these 2 great actors. They started an affair back in 1942 when they made Woman of the Year and stayed together until his death in 1967. He was married and had 2 children with his son being deaf. Due to his catholic faith(hahaaa-he had numerous affairs and was a major alcoholic), he would not divorce his wife which suited Kate just fine. Kate helped Spencer when he took off with a few bottles of liquor and try to drink himself to death. She would find him and help him even when he was a complete jerk to her. There is a documentary out about some man who was the go to guy for sex etc...in Hollywood. He claims that Spencer was gay and Kate was as well since he would help them find dates and their affair was all a ruse. I can't remember his name but I did order this documentary the DVD.
I like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell who have been together for over 30 years with ups and downs as many couples have. Hell, I loved Kurt Russell as a mini Tarzan boy in Gilligan's island:). Remember, he was a Disney star back in the day. This is a fun light-weight movie about a filthy rich bitch who owns a yacht and wants a great show closet. Russell plays the carpenter building this closet and he can't stand her demanding airs. When the yacht leaves, she is on board with her jerk husband and her many servants, one played by the great Roddy McDowall. She falls overboard, hitting her head and wakes up in a hospital not knowing who she is. Enter Russell, who recognizes her and makes her believe they are married with 3 nasty, ugly, dirty boys. She has to clean up the pig-sty house and deal with the brats plus Russell but, you know, romance will ensue and does. As for her jerk husband..he is happy she has fallen overboard and now he can frolic with bikini gals and spend her money. This is a very fun, and a sweet movie where we can turn off our brains and just sit, drink and eat popcorn.
Which movies would you choose that stars real-life couples?
Here is a portrait of Lady Hamilton by George Romney, a wonderful artist who fell in love with this lass and was the object of many of his paintings.