Lovebirds Trivia A Valentine’s View of Passionate Pairs

Feb '12 NC_Trivia head

By: Paula Green       

Romeo & Juliet, Bogie & Bacall and Scarlett O’Hara & Rhett Butler are passionate pairs that were simply meant to be together.  Since it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, now is the perfect time to reflect on some romantic couples who have lit up the silver screen, our televisions, and enlivened books and newspapers.   Some are fictional, others are real, but they’re all memorable in some way.

       Romance can be found in books starting with the Bible and these memorable pairs:  Adam & Eve, Samson & Delilah, Abraham & Sarah, Jacob & Rachel, Isaac & Rebekah and Mary & Joseph.

      Then there are historical and legendary couples such as Guinevere & Lancelot, Robin Hood & Maid Marian, Mark Antony & Cleopatra, Napoleon & Josephine, Nicholas & Alexandra, Winston & Clementine Churchill, Prince Rainier III & Grace Kelly.

       Presidential pairings are appealing as well – George & Martha Washington, Abraham & Mary Lincoln, Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, Ike & Mamie Eisenhower, John & Jackie Kennedy, and Ronald & Nancy Reagan.

       Desirable literary couples enthralled us – Heathcliff & Cathy Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights, Yuri Zhivago & Lara Antipova from Dr. Zhivago, and Elizabeth Bennett & Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride & Prejudice.

       On television, we had Lucy & Ricky Ricardo, who were the real-life couple Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz.  There was also Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Ozzie & Harriet Nelson, Ward & June Cleaver, Ralph & Alice Kramden, Sam Malone & Diane Chambers, Luke & Laura Spenser, Cliff & Claire Huxtable, and Rachel Green & Ross Gellar.

        Memorable movie lovers  were – Burt Lancaster & Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity, Humphrey Bogart& Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, Cary Grant & Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, Ryan O’Neal & Ali McGraw in Love Story, Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet in Titanic and Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams in The Notebook.

        Hollywood celebrities have grasped our attention over the years – George Burns & Gracie Allen, Hume Cronin & Jessica Tandy, Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward, Clark Gable & Carole Lombard, Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier, Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner, Sonny & Cher, and Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie.

        Since we have paired your thoughts, we must now match-up answers to our coupling questions.  Get set to join these dynamic duos because it’s time to get a little trivial.


  1. This hot Hollywood star and New York Yankee center fielder (The Yankee clipper) tied the knot.
  2. These stars met while filming Anthony & Cleopatra; they got married, divorced, remarried and later divorced again.
  3. Name the famous outlaw couple who wreaked havoc during the Great Depression.
  4. They made nine movies together including Adam’s Rib and State of the Union, but theynever married.

5. Name the former Beatle and Japanese artist who exchanged vows.

6. Mattel Inc., introduced this popular doll in 1959, her boyfriend came along in 1961.

7. This Hollywood pair starred in two movies together.  They have been an item since 1983, but they haven’t married.

   8.   These two comedians have been married for 58 years.  They were regulars on the Ed Sullivan Show.

9.      Name the actor & actresses who married on Oct. 26, 1961, and starred together in the short-lived TV series He & She.

10.    From 1933 to 1935 this dance duo made ten films together, they were a couple on the silver- screen only, not in reality.

11.    These country music stars have been wed since 1992 and have three daughters.

12.    This Footloose star and his actress wife got hitched back in 1988.

13.    Another Hollywood couple that wed in 1988, starred together in the film Volunteers.

14.   On May 8, 1967, this Swedish-American actress, singer, dancer married this actor wholater became her manager.

15.   This Hollywood couple married in 1984, she starred in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid andhe had a minor part in the film as well. 

 Answers:  1. Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio  2. Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor 3. Bonnie & Clyde 4. Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn  5. John Lennon & Yoko Ono  6. Barbie & Ken  7.  Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell  8. Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara  9.  Richard Benjamin & Paula Prentiss  10. Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers  11. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill  12. Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick  13. Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson 14. Ann-Margret & Roger Smith 15. Sam Elliott & Katharine Ross

 Sources:,,,,,,20178000_20408089,00.html#20407418,, http://www.wikipedia.