Wise: Same to ya’, Werth!
Wise: I did—right after you told me about it.
Werth: I love the Bogey & Bacall story. It’s so crammed full of Hollywood history and legend.
Wise: Unlike the Brangelina Saga.
Werth: Perhaps one day Hollywood couples like Brad & Angelina and Demi & Ashton will have a more epic feel to them, but until then, my favorite on-screen/off-screen romance is the Tracy & Hepburn coupling.
Wise: Good ol’ Spence and Kate.
Wise: —Spence was married—
Werth: —to a Catholic with a daughter and a deaf son no less. Stories vary as to why Tracy never left his wife for Hepburn: powerful Catholic guilt, career ruination, Hepburn wasn’t the marrying kind. But whatever the reason, Tracy never divorced his wife. That meant Tracy and Hepburn had to try to pretend that they weren’t involved, but it seems their affair was one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood.
Werth: Exactly. And the studios didn’t want to separate them. Hepburn and Tracy were coupled romantically nine times in classics like State of the Union (1948), Adam’s Rib (1949) and Pat and Mike (1952). It all helped create the impression that Tracy and Hepburn were a match made in MGM heaven, so if they happened to hook-up off the lot, as long as there were no sordid divorce proceedings, who cared? It was kind of the best of both worlds. Nobody had to admit to a scandalous affair and the audience could live vicariously through the silver screen romance that Tracy and Hepburn’s illicit affections generated. It was a win-win.
Wise: Like when the McDonald’s McRib sandwich is on the dollar menu?
Wise: Wow. It sounds like you’re having a sweet love hangover from last week’s Valentine’s posting.
Werth: That or someone slipped a little estrogen into my vodka tonic.
Wise: I plead the fifth. Anyway, while you’re busy feeling verklempt, I want to talk about another cinematic couple that has fascinated millions on screen and off.
Werth: Liz Taylor and Richard Burton?
Wise: Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.
Werth: Did we just get picked up by PBS?
Werth: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a ham!
Werth: I think there’s one more sassily fun cinematic couple we should mention before we close.
Wise: Statler & Waldorf?
Werth: Haven’t you ever heard of self-promotion?
Wise: Oh, right. Check back next week for more pork from that witty and charming blogosphere twosome—Werth & Wise!”
Werth: Now I’m hungry for a McRib...