When the Camera Wasn't Rolling
In the classic western "High Noon," Grace Kelly plays a high-minded Quaker newly married to a stoical lawman (Gary Cooper), but off camera the actors weren't so restrained. Here, to mark her birthday, are behind-the-scenes accounts of that and 11 other long-ago Hollywood affairs.
Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly
Gary Cooper was still married when he hooked up with Grace Kelly while filming 1952's "High Noon." By then he had turned 50; his on-screen wife was just 22. Cooper was once quoted as saying that Kelly "looked like a cold dish ... [but] then she'd explode."
Cary Grant and Sophia Loren
While Cary Grant was married to actress and writer Betsy Drake, he and Sophia Loren began an affair that lived up to the the title of the 1957 movie they were filming in Spain: "The Pride and the Passion." A year later, Grant and Loren co-starred in "Houseboat"—originally based on a script by Grant's wife—but by then the affair was over and Loren had married Carlo Ponti.
Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni
Both were married when they met—Catherine Deneuve to photographer David Bailey; Marcello Mastroianni to actress Flora Carabella—but the relationship lasted from 1971 to 1975. Their daughter, actress and singer Chiara Mastroianni, was born in 1972. As she tells it, "I only saw my parents together on screen."
Joan Crawford and Clark Gable
"It was like an electric current went through my body ... my knees buckled," Joan Crawford said of meeting Clark Gable. While making 1931's "Possessed," they had what came to be known as "the affair that nearly burned Hollywood down." Gable was recently married to a Texas socialite, and Crawford had a high-profile marriage to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Clark Gable and Loretta Young
In 1935, after he and Joan Crawford had cooled it, Clark Gable had an affair with Loretta Young, who became pregnant and then slipped away to England to avoid a scandal. Young sent her baby daughter to an orphanage until she was 19 months old. After that, she took the girl back and claimed she had adopted the child an infant.
Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
Katherine Hepburn said she fell in love with Spencer Tracy the first time she met him, when they made 1941's "Woman of the Year." Tracy, a Catholic, would never divorce his wife, and there were rumors about both actors' sexuality. But by many accounts, the frequent co-stars had a romance that lasted more than 25 years, until his death in 1967.
Sean Connery and Raquel Welch
In 1966, while married to actress Diane Cilento (Paul Newman's co-star in "Hombre"), Sean Connery got together with Raquel Welch, who starred that year in both "Fantastic Voyage" and "One Million Years B.C." Then again, the original 007 has been linked with actresses ranging from Lana Wood (Natalie's sister) to Jill St. John. Not to mention—in 1957—Lana Turner!
Steve McQueen and Mamie Van Doren
Mamie Van Doren wasn't yet divorced from bandleader Ray Anthony in 1959 when she first became involved with Steve McQueen, then star of the TV western "Wanted: Dead or Alive." Nor had McQueen split with his wife, actress and singer Neile Adams. According to Van Doren, McQueen once talked her into taking LSD before sex.
Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw
When Ali MacGraw fell in love with Steve McQueen on the set of 1972's "The Getaway," her distraught husband Robert Evans, then the head of Paramount, received a call from his friend Henry Kissinger. "If I can negotiate with the North Vietnamese, I think I can smooth the way with Ali." Evans remembers him saying. To which the notorious film producer replied: "Henry, you know countries, but you don't know women. When it's over it's over."
Gloria Swanson and Joseph P. Kennedy
It began in 1927, when Gloria Swanson approached Joseph Kennedy for financial advice. Soon JFK's father and the Hollywood screen goddess were embarked on a three-year affair that took place in far-flung locations from Palm Beach to Paris. (Swanson's then-husband was a French aristocrat.)
Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini
On the set of 1950's "Stromboli," Ingrid Bergman fell so hard for director Roberto Rossellini that she left her husband and daughter for him. This sparked a scandal that continued even after Bergman and Rossellini got married—at one point, the Swedish star was denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The couple had three children and stayed together until 1957, when Rossellini had a affair with Sonali Dasgupta, the Bengali wife of another filmmaker.
Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal was 21 and Gary Cooper was 46 when they began an affair during the shooting of 1949's "The Fountainhead." This was no casual fling—one night, after Cooper saw Neal kiss Kirk Douglas, he slapped her across the face. Word of the affair caused serious tension between Cooper and his wife "Rocky," who sent a telegram demanding that he end it immediately.
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