During the 1940s, Lena achieved great fame and became the highest-earning African-American actor in the United States. It was during this period that she crossed paths with Lennie Hayton, whom she married in 1947. However, due to the intense scrutiny surrounding their interracial relationship, the couple decided to relocate to Paris.
Despite facing hate combined with racism, their love persevered, and they remained together until his passing in 1971. She never married again after Hayton’s death. The couple had a son named Teddy Jones, but he tragically passed away in 1970 due to a kidney ailment, as reported by “The Guardian.”
Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon
While they seem like an unlikely couple, their turbulent relationship kicked off after meeting while Fisher was working on the original "Star Wars" movie in 1977. They had a brief marriage from 1983–1984 and dated for about ten years after that. Paul wrote several songs about her, including "Hearts and Bones."
Reflecting on the song in a later interview, Paul said: “That was one of my best songs. It took a long time to write it, and it was very true. It was about things that happened. The characters are very near to autobiographical. It’s probably the only track that I really like on that album.”
Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland
Jane and Donald lit up the screen in the 1971 film "Klute," so it wasn't totally surprising to hear about their affair. At the time, he was married to Shirley Douglas. "We got together shortly before we made Klute, and then we were together until the relationship exploded and fell apart in Tokyo," he said in an interview.
"And it broke my heart. I was eviscerated. I was so sad. It was a wonderful relationship right up to the point we lived together." It wasn't long after their breakup that Sutherland married French Canadian actress Francine Racette after meeting her on the set of the Canadian pioneer drama Alien Thunder.
Movita Castaneda and Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando, renowned for his exceptional acting talent, also had a turbulent personal life marked by drama. While hailed as one of the most gifted actors of all time, his journey through three marriages shed light on his relationships. Particularly intriguing was his second marriage to Movita Castaneda, shrouded in mystery, as the couple guarded their relationship with utmost privacy.
The couple met in the early '50s and secretly married in 1960. She was known for a small role in the movie "Mutiny on the Bounty." In a twist of fate, Marlon met his third wife, Tarita Teriipaia, while filming the 1962 remake of the same film. He married Tarita that same year, even though his divorce from Movita wasn't finalized until 1968.
Cher and Gregg Allman
Cher's romance with the Allman Brothers singer was one of the biggest stories in the mid-'70s, as she got married three days after her divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized. The couple wed in 1975, and the public watched the couple's troubled marriage unfold over the next few years, and they were divorced by 1979.
During their marriage, Cher and Allman welcomed a child, Elijah Blue Allman, in 1976. They also collaborated musically and released the duet album "Two the Hard Way" in 1977. In her 2018 interview with "The Daily Mail," Cher explained that Allman's substance issues hurt their relationship. Sadly, Allman died following complications from liver cancer in 2017.