Unhappily Ever After: 12 Heartbreaking Old Hollywood Love Stories
When it comes to romance, few relationships today can compare to some of the greats from old Hollywood. These couples seemed larger than life and their romances seemed even more intense. Unfortunately, some of these couples were torn apart for some pretty sad and, at times, tragic reasons. Here are 12 of the most heartbreaking love stories from old Hollywood:
12. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn had a 27-year relationship despite the fact that he was married to another woman. Their relationship was definitely unusual as they were never seen in public together and never lived together because, as a devout Catholic, he refused to divorce his wife, Louise Treadwell. In total, Tracy and Hepburn made nine films together and, when he died in 1967 after suffering a heart attack, she didn’t attend his funeral out of respect for his family. When Hepburn called Treadwell to see if they could make peace, Treadwell reportedly told her, “I thought you were a rumor.” It wasn’t until after Treadwell’s death in 1983 that Hepburn finally acknowledged her relationship with Tracy.
11. Jean Harlow and Paul Bern
Jean Harlow and Paul Bern had only been married for a couple of months when he was found dead in their home from a gunshot to the head in 1932. Harlow had been staying with her mother at the time. Although it was rumored that he was murdered by his common law wife who had been living in a Connecticut sanatorium but had traveled to Los Angeles on the night he died, his death was ruled a suicide. Five years after his death, Harlow met her untimely end. She was just 26 when she died of kidney failure.