Bells Are Ringing
The wedding usually comes at the end of a movie comedy, fading to black with the implication of 'happily ever after.' For the performers, though, the ceremony is just the start of the story--usually a tragedy. 'Weddings and Movie Stars' (Reel Art Press, 288 pages, $79.95) is a glorious compendium of Hollywood happy days, mixing movie stills, posed photos and candids of the famous marrying. Thus the nice shot of Bette Davis (below left) marrying her sailor on leave, William Grant Sherry, in 1945 is followed by shots of her marrying Gary Merrill in 1950. They'd met on the set of 'All About Eve,' which featured Marilyn Monroe making a lasting impression in a small part. An equally fleeting episode was Monroe's tabloid-fantasy marriage to Joe DiMaggio, which only lasted nine months, despite the press frenzy of their January 1954 (top) wedding. Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge (left), the sister-in-law of his boss, lasted 11 years, though his womanizing doomed the marriage. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (below right), are among the more successful pairs featured in the book. They wed in 1945 and remained together until his death in 1957. More typical is the tale of the Jaggers: Champagne flowed in 1971, when Mick married Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias in St. Tropez (bottom). But they divorced nine years later. 'My marriage ended on my wedding day,' she later said.
June 25, 2011, The Wall Street Journal