For now, we will refer to
the man of the mystery couple as "George" and the woman as
Martha and George were
both famous actors. Martha had an
overwhelming crush on George from watching his movies. George was married with
children. But that did not discourage Martha. Quite the contrary, Martha convinced herself
she could win George because it was well known that George had already cheated
on his wife by having a torrid, though short, affair with another famous
actress. So Martha decided to make her
move. She convinced her producer to
hire George to play the male lead opposite her in her next film. This way, Martha would not only have the
opportunity to spend a lot of time with George; she would also be able to do
the movie's love scenes with him.
Martha was right in one
big way. Shortly after they met, they
became lovers. But Martha did not get
what she must have hoped for. Although
Martha and George had a lifelong romance, it was a lifelong affair and
became one of Hollywood's best kept secret romances and George never divorced
When their affair finally
became public, the affair was widely viewed as scandalous! Their romance spanned three decades and did
not end until he died. During all those
years, George and Martha stayed in the shadows, never appearing in public
together. For all those years, George
told lies to his family, and sneaked around.
For all those years, neither George nor Martha could feel what it was
like to have a normal love relationship without fear of being exposed.
Believe it or not, some
now view this as a love story. Maybe it
was but it certainly was not a Cinderella story. It was much more a Heartbreak story. In a Cinderella romance, a man and woman fall in love, marry and
live together happily for the world to see and this was simply not the case.