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Love Story, Volume 4

2 May

Perhaps my favorite (famous) love story of all time is that of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.  From the start of their relationship (when they were both actors), and until the former president died, they were a high-profile couple – and their devotion and immense love for one another was well-documented.  (So much so, that in looking for photographs to use on this post, I would say that they are probably the most photographed couple in the world.  A blessing and a curse, I’m sure.)Ronald_NancyReagan The couple met in 1949, when the only “president” title he held was that of the Screen Actors Guild.  They began courting after meeting, and the pair married in a private ceremony (only two other people were present) in 1952.  For a couple who lived a very public life (from the California Governor’s Office to the White House) they were often described as “intimate” and openly admitted that they weren’t complete without the other one present.

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To the world, he was President Reagan.  To her, he was Ronnie, the partner who wrote her hundreds of letters – some he wrote while she was across the country, some while she was across the room.  In reading a few of them as research for this post, I was struck by how playful, yet sincere their letters to one another were.  It truly seems as if they never stopped courting one another.

From one of his letters to her:

Dear Mrs. Reagan,

Your loving, faithful devotion has been observed these 19 (some say 20) years. There are no words to describe the happiness you have brought to the Gov. It is no secret that he is the most married man in the world and would be totally lost and desolate without you. It seemed to me you should know this and be aware of how essential you are in this man’s life. By his own admission, he is completely in love with you and happier than even a Gov. deserves.

With Love & Appreciation

—Your In Luv Guv.

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I love how the Reagan Foundation’s website describes the couple: “They were always holding hands. Ronald visibly lit up when Nancy entered the room. And then there was the “gaze” – Nancy would look adoringly at her husband when he spoke, seeming to hang on his every word. Their devotion to each other seemed at times too good to be true, and some along the way would doubt their sincerity. But there was nothing disingenuous about the Reagans and their obvious affection for one another. Theirs was a genuine love affair.”

After the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981, it is said that Nancy became fiercely protective of her husband – she knew every detail of his schedule and accompanied him as often as possible.  When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, she was again his chief protector – never allowing cameras/media to photograph him in his late years.

At Ronald Reagan’s eulogy, President George W. Bush said, “In a life of good fortune, he valued above all the gracious gift of his wife, Nancy. During his career, Ronald Reagan passed through a thousand crowded places; but there was only one person, he said, who could make him lonely by just leaving the room.  America honors you, Nancy, for the loyalty and love you gave this man on a wonderful journey, and to that journey’s end.”

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Love Story, Volume 2

13 Feb

It seems as if the entire world is in love with Kate Middleton.  And why wouldn’t we be? Every little girl dreamt of becoming a princess when they grew up…and she actually pulled it off.

For the second edition of “Love Story” – I present the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  (Also known as Prince William and Duchess Catherine…those royals have more names than P-Diddy.)

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England’s most famous couple met in college at the prestigious University of St. Andrews, and after an eight-year (and on again, off again) courtship, the two married in 2011.  The couple have spoken in interviews about the foundation of their relationship – their friendship.  Before the two were an item, they were housemates who spent quite a lot of time together.  Their favorite traits of one another?  A naughty sense of humor.  (Side note: I bet the Queen loathes that.  She looks incredibly stuffy.)

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Intensely private William and Kate rarely speak about each other in public.  You can’t blame them – with the world watching, the scrutiny on their every word would simply be added stress.  However, if a picture is worth a thousand words, these tell the tale of a vibrant, happy, loving couple.  They way they look at each other – well, it’s evident that they are still smitten with each other – 10 years in.

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Sigh.  A fairy tale come true, indeed.

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Love Story, Volume 1

5 Feb

Ah, February.  The month of romance.  With it comes Valentine’s Day – a day that greeting card companies, chocolate factories and jewelry stores are eternally grateful for.  What started out as a day to exchange a small token of affection for your “love” has turned into an all out national holiday (and is the reason that I can never use pink and red together) where everyone feels the need to post their overpriced flowers on Instagram and Facebook.

In honor of the month of loooooove, I’ll be posting a few famous “love stories” for us to all swoon over.  I am a reformed romantic atheist, after all.

First up, Johnny Cash and his beloved June Carter Cash.

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“There’s unconditional love there. You hear that phrase a lot but it’s real with me and her. She loves me in spite of everything, in spite of myself. She has saved my life more than once. She’s always been there with her love, and it has certainly made me forget the pain for a long time, many times. When it gets dark and everybody’s gone home and the lights are turned off, it’s just me and her.” -Johnny Cash

Although their love story began in a controversial way (he was still married at the time), they proved to be soulmates.  Married 35 years, Johnny Cash died a few months after his wife passed away, and was often famously quoted as saying, “I love June Carter, I do.”

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