Artists and abolitionists, celebrities and statesmen, royalty and rebelsall are represented in Gordon's deft accounts of elopements, protective parents, last-minute jitters, and love at first sight.
Samuel Clemens and Olivia Langdon: The Wild Humoristwas so happy in marriage that he declared, I would marry in early infancy instead of wasting time cutting teeth and breaking crockery. (February 2, 1870)
Thomas Edison and Mina Miller: Mina had so many chaperones that Tom was forced to tap his marriage proposal into her palm in Morse Code! (February 24, 1886)
Prince Khurram and Arjumand Banu Begam: Married in 1612, she was called Mumtaz MahalChosen One of the Palacein whose memory 20,000 workers labored 22 years to build the exquisite Taj Mahal. (March 27, 1612)
Daniel Boone and Rebecca Bryan: He told their ten children that when he tossed his knife and speared the edge of Rebecca's apronand she didn't get angryhe knew she was the girl for him. (August 14, 1756) . . . and many more.
Author Biography: Susan J. Gordon is the author of more than one hundred articles and essays published in major newspapers and magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, and The New York Times. Mother of two newly married sons, she lives with her husband in White Plains, New York.
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COUNTLESS LOVERS HAVE CHOSEN VALENTINE'S Day as the perfect wedding day -- even some who've known each other only twenty-two days.
Charles Boyer, the thirty-four-year-old suave French actor with impeccable charm, thought he was past the age of falling in love when he met Pat at a Fox Studio lunch party on January 23, 1934. Already he'd become a success on the French stage and in silent films in America. When the talkies began, Charles learned English, and with his velvet voice and captivating dark eyes, he was soon playing leading roles.
That winter Charles was in Hollywood to film Caravan. He wasn't looking for romance, but he found it in Pat, a twenty-four-year-old vivacious blond English musical comedy actress. Her breakthrough role in the movie Bitter Sweet had brought her to California and the brink of stardom the previous year.
If Cupid ever shot his arrow into anyone, it was Charles. As soon as he saw Pat at the party, he couldn't think of anyone else. Other beautiful actresses were there, but Charles looked only at Pat. She was intrigued by his continental charm and French accent, and they began seeing each other right away. He had always avoided "affairs of the heart," but not being with Pat, even for a day, was more than he could bear.
They talked about getting married and all the reasons it was better not to do it -- until they jumped into Charles's Plymouth roadster, drove to Yuma, Arizona, and were married by a justice of the peace. After a one-night honeymoon in a nearby motel, they went back to Hollywood. Charles's friend, singer MauriceChevalier threw a party for them and their stunned but delighted friends.
Who says whirlwind courtships never work out? These two sweethearts were married more than forty years, and their love for each other never wavered.
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