The most iconic power couple of each year from 1951 to 1990

1951 – Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

Everyone knows who Frank Sinatra is, right? This esteemed singer found himself a bride in the form of Ava Gardner in 1951, and there’s no doubt about the fact that they proved to be extremely popular with fans across the globe.

1951 – Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

The couple was not only famous as a pair, but both celebrities were also at the top of their game – which made them even more popular. Gardner was a huge name in Hollywood, and Sinatra’s soulful voice put a smile on everyone’s face. Sadly, they separated just two years later.

1952 – Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas

While they weren’t an official couple, it’s fair to say that Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas convinced everyone that they were in 1952. This was due to Kirk’s recent divorce from Diana Dill, and their work in the box office hit, The Bad and The Beautiful.

1952 – Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas

These two became the hottest on-screen couple of the year, and it seemed as though those watching the movie at home or in the theater just couldn’t get enough of them. Despite many protestations, there’s no evidence to suggest there was anything romantic between them in real life.

1953 – Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

Like Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn were not a couple in real life – but everyone rather publicly tried to push them together after their on-screen romance.

1953 – Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

This professional couple took the world by storm in 1953 when they starred alongside each other in the Hollywood classic, Roman Holiday. While these two never became a couple in real life, it was Gregory who actually introduced Audrey to the man who would eventually become her husband, Mel Ferrer. Every cloud, right?

1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

In 1954, Marilyn Monroe was one of the most popular actresses and singers within the realm of Hollywood, and everyone knew Joe DiMaggio for his work on the baseball field. Because of this, fans cheered when they learned that the couple had made their love official and became husband and wife.

1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

They tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall, and many believed them to be perfect for each other. However, their marriage lasted just a few months after Marilyn filed for divorce and accused her spouse of mental cruelty.

1955 – Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Carrie Fisher is an idol who will never be forgotten, but her parents were a pretty big deal as well. In fact, they were the power couple of the year in 1955. As a teen idol and popular television host, fans were both happy and sad for Eddie Fisher when he announced that he had found a wife in the form of Singin’ in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds.

1955 – Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

It wasn’t long before little baby Carrie made her entrance into the world, but this wasn’t enough to keep the couple together. After Eddie cheated on Debbie with Elizabeth Taylor, they divorced in 1959.

1956 – Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly

It’s not every day that a Hollywood actress becomes a princess, but that’s exactly what happened to Grace Kelly in 1956. After an impressive career on the big screen, Grace decided to leave it all behind for love.

1956 – Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly

After Prince Rainier III of Monaco courted her for a year, they made their love official in a wedding ceremony that was broadcast across the world for everyone to see – and to be jealous of! This wedding thrust them into the limelight, and fans fell in love with this fairytale moment. Sadly, Grace passed away in 1982.

1957 – Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood were the couple of the year in 1957, and it seems as though this was a dream come true for Natalie. The former child actress had harbored a crush on Robert Wagner since she was just 10 years old, and she got the chance to call him her husband in 1957.

1957 – Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood

While they divorced in 1962, they later tied the knot again in 1972 before she mysteriously passed away in 1981. Although the cause of this is still undetermined, Robert Wagner was named in 2018 as a person of interest in the case.

1958 – James Hill and Rita Hayworth

Over the course of her career, Rita Hayworth built up quite a reputation for herself. Not only was she a prolific dancer and actress, but she also seemed to have countless men wrapped around her little finger. One of those men was movie producer James Hill, who became her fifth husband in 1958.

1958 – James Hill and Rita Hayworth

While the couple was only married for three years, they proved to be hugely popular over the course of their short-lived marriage. After all, they looked perfect together, and James had what many other people wanted.

1959 – Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor

After the passing of her husband, Elizabeth Taylor found herself needing some comfort – and unfortunately for Debbie Reynolds, that came in the form of her husband. Eddie Fisher and Liz Taylor soon embarked on secret rendezvous and not-so-secret public displays of affection, and while some people were distraught, there were others who loved this pairing.

1959 – Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor

By the time 1959 came around, Eddie was free to tie the knot with his new wife, and they were soon the talk of the town. The marriage only lasted five years before Elizabeth found love with another man, though.

1960 – Warren Beatty and Joan Collins

If you were born in 1960, you get to share this year with the power couple that was Warren Beatty and Joan Collins. These two celebrities were both at the top of their game, and so many people at home were happy to see them together.

1960 – Warren Beatty and Joan Collins

They started dating in 1959, and it’s been suggested that they even became engaged to be married by the time 1960 came around. Nevertheless, the relationship broke down after rumors of Warren’s wandering eyes – and potential wandering hands – made their way into the limelight.

1961 – Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe

It was a hugely exciting year for the world of Hollywood in 1961, as this was the year that Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe went public with their relationship. Their relationship came about after Marilyn took a few months off work to cope with her struggling mental health and physical health problems after undergoing surgery.

1961 – Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe

Frank made sure that she was okay during this time, and romance blossomed. While they were only together for a short while, their romance was a huge deal in the celebrity world, as they were both huge names in the business.

1962 – John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy

If you’re familiar with your American presidents, you’ll know that John F. Kennedy made his way into the Oval Office in 1961, and while all eyes were certainly on him, his First Lady also became the talk of the town.

1962 – John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy

The couple had tied the knot almost a decade earlier, but with his presidency in full swing, the Kennedy’s became the hot couple in 1962. From their loving connection to Jackie’s incredible style, everything seemed to work wonders for these two. Sadly, their story was cut short when John F. Kennedy was the victim of a fatal shooting.

1963 – Elliot Gould and Barbra Streisand

The 1960s saw Barbra Streisand make her mark on the world of fame and fortune, as she had already proved to the world that she could not only act but that she could also sing at the top of her lungs.

1963 – Elliot Gould and Barbra Streisand

What you might not know, however, is that Barbra also scored something else during this time, as she met fellow actor Elliot Gould in an audition. The couple tied the knot in 1963, and three years later, they welcomed their son into the world. However, their marriage came to an end eight years after they became husband and wife.

1964 – Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor certainly kept herself busy during the 1950s and ‘60s, as just a few weeks after her divorce was finalized with Eddie Fisher, she had tied the knot with Richard Burton. Their romance came after they had starred alongside each other in the iconic movie, Cleopatra, and fans couldn’t help but notice their chemistry.

1964 – Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

This worked in their favor for many years, as this real-life chemistry was later used to sell a whopping 11 movies that featured them in the starring roles. They divorced in 1974, tied the knot again in 1975, and then divorced for good in 1976.

1965 – Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra

As you can probably tell, Frank Sinatra kept himself pretty busy during the 1950s and 1960s, and he wasn’t short of a woman or two on his arm throughout these decades. In 1965, it was the turn of Mia Farrow.

1965 – Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra

While most people know this actress for her high-profile relationship with Woody Allen, it’s easy to forget that she was actually married to Frank Sinatra for two years. They were in the height of their fame in 1965, and their newfound relationship caused a stir – mainly because she was just 21 while he was 50. Nevertheless, they tied the knot a year later.

1966 – Dolly Parton and Carl Dean

On the day that she moved to Nashville to start her career in the country music world, Dolly Parton bumped into a man by the name of Carl Dean – and it was love at first sight. The couple got hitched a short while into their dating experience, but this wasn’t the only exciting thing that happened in 1966.

1966 – Dolly Parton and Carl Dean

It was during this year that she really started to make her mark in music, and this career would skyrocket over the course of her lifetime. Amazingly, Dolly and Carl are still married today, despite the fact that Carl does everything he can to stay away from the limelight.

1967 – Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley

Everyone knows the Presley name, right? In 1967, Elvis Presley was one of the most famous men in the game. His voice, his curled lip, and his moving hips made him iconic within the music world, and everyone wanted to call him their own. However, it was Priscilla Beaulieu who caught his eye.

1967 – Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley

The couple originally met in 1959 when she was just 14 years old, but it’s been suggested that they kept their distance until she moved in with him and his family in 1963. Priscilla’s parents allowed her to do this on the basis that they would eventually get married – and that’s exactly what they did.

1968 – Johnny Cash and June Carter

Hollywood couples are often strained, and many of them ultimately fail. However, Johnny Cash and June Carter proved that true love really does prevail. Johnny was close to the esteemed singer throughout much of his first marriage, and it’s believed that he was infatuated with her from the moment they met.

1968 – Johnny Cash and June Carter

Because of this, fans weren’t too surprised when he got divorced and chose to propose to her on stage in 1968. They tied the knot shortly after, and they were together until June sadly passed away in 2008. Throughout their marriage, they worked on countless love songs together.

1969 – Cher and Sonny Bono

With her distinctive singing voice and her ability to pull off any outfit that came her way, Cher was a force to be reckoned with during the 1960s. It was during this decade that she really made her mark – but she didn’t do it alone.

1969 – Cher and Sonny Bono

She originally gained popularity as one-half of the singing duo, Sonny & Cher, and while they weren’t married at the height of their fame, they certainly stole the show. Their relationship was often troubled, but after welcoming their child into the world in 1969, they decided to get hitched.

1970 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

At the height of The Beatles’ fame, all eyes were on John Lennon. Women across the world wanted to date him, but it was a conceptual artist by the name of Yoko Ono who really got his engines revving.

1970 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Yoko had no idea who The Beatles or John Lennon were when they first started dating, but she soon became the band’s leading lady – despite the fact that many people blamed her for their breakup. John Lennon and Yoko Ono became husband and wife 1969, but talk of their marriage really ramped up in 1970 when John started seeing a mistress with Yoko’s blessing.

1971 – Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda

The celebrity world is full of rumors of infidelity, and while cheating can never be condoned, there’s no doubt about the fact that people loved the idea of Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda together. In 1971, Donald was single, but Jane was actually married to her former husband, Roger Vadim.

1971 – Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda

However, that didn’t stop the pair of them getting pretty close after starring in the movie Klute together. It’s believed that they dated behind-the-scenes for a short while, but this came to an end when Jane continued her marriage, and Donald tied the knot with Francine Racette.

1972 – James Taylor and Carly Simon

If you were born in 1972, you probably don’t remember a huge amount about that year, but you can rest easy knowing that you shared that year with two of the greatest musicians of all time. That’s because this was the year that James Taylor and Carly Simon became husband and wife.

1972 – James Taylor and Carly Simon

The two musicians were forces to be reckoned with in their own right, but they became the ultimate power couple when they tied the knot. They were eventually together for a whopping eleven years, but it seems as though all good things must come to an end.

1973 – Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors

In 1973, Farrah Fawcett was just reaching the top of her game. Although she had yet to secure her impressive and iconic role as Jill Munroe in Charlie’s Angels, there’s no doubt about the fact that she was already a star on the rise. Because of this, fans were both excited and upset to learn that she had gotten married.

1973 – Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors

The lucky man in question was Lee Majors, a fellow actor. The married couple was together throughout the height of Charlie’s Angels fame, but it’s been suggested that it was this fame that caused a divide between Farrah and Lee. They separated in 1979.

1974 – Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston

Although both Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston are hugely famous names today, Anjelica Huston was a star on the rise back in 1974 – but that doesn’t mean that she didn’t catch the eye of a certain someone.

1974 – Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston

These two actors got pretty close after meeting for the first time in 1973, and they were soon involved in a fully-fledged relationship. These two not only became the couple of the year, but they became the couple of the decade, plus another six years. Yes, they broke up in 1990 after Jack got another actress pregnant.

1975 – Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton

During the 1970s, the hottest couple on the block just had to be Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton. The esteemed music producer and the actress actually first started dating in 1971, and there was no denying the fact that they were extremely popular with their fans.

1975 – Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton

They welcomed a daughter into the world three years into their relationship, and they decided to make things official in 1974. By the time 1975 came around, they had welcomed their second daughter into the world; Rashida Jones. They called it quits in 1990, though.

1976 – Gregg Allman and Cher

Cher will always be remembered for her marriage to Sonny Bono, but he wasn’t the only man who got to call her his wife. In 1976, Cher was in the midst of an epic comeback in terms of her musical career, and it was during this time that she was married to one-third of The Allman Brothers Band, Greg Allman.

1976 – Gregg Allman and Cher

The couple became husband and wife in 1975, but their relationship really amped up in 1976 when they welcomed their child into the world. Amazingly, this was also the year that Cher reunited with her ex to rebook The Sonny and Cher Show.

1977 – Burt Reynolds and Sally Field

Those who are familiar with the movie Smokey and the Bandits will know that Burt Reynolds and Sally Field were the ultimate on-screen power couple. However, it seems as though their relationship stemmed further than that, as they actually dated in real life during this time.

1977 – Burt Reynolds and Sally Field

They quickly became the Hollywood power couple of the year, and they worked together on countless projects during this time. Many believed that they were perfect for each other, but things came crumbling down around them after five years together. Burt later remarked that Sally was the love of his life.

1978 – Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall

Rockstars are notorious for being lotharios and bachelors, but that doesn’t mean that some of them haven’t settled down over the years. While Mick Jagger was considered to be the ultimate ladies man during the early ‘70s, his life changed in the later stages of the decade when he met Jerry Hall.

1978 – Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall

This model changed his life, and the couple started dating in 1977. By the time 1978 came around, they were the hottest couple around, and everyone wanted to be them. In the end, however, they broke up in 1999.

1979 – Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett

We already know that Farrah Fawcett had already tied the knot once before 1979, but when that marriage broke down, it was the turn of Ryan O’Neal. The two actors first got together in 1979, and they were the talk of the town. However, their relationship was a tumultuous one.

1979 – Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett

They broke up in 1997 after welcoming their son into the world, but they got back together in 2001 after it was announced that Farrah had been diagnosed with cancer. Ryan stayed by her side until her final breath.

1980 – Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan

1980 was the year that Ronald Reagan made his way into the Oval Office, and it wasn’t long before all eyes were on his wife and their relationship. Although Ronald and Nancy tied the knot in 1952, they became the couple of the year as they made their way into the spotlight.

1980 – Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan

After all, he was the president, and she was a former actress who made some seriously awesome changes to the world. Over the course of their relationship, the couple welcomed two children into the world.

1981 – Prince Charles and Princess Diana

The Royal Family has always been at the center of our attention, and there’s no doubt about the fact that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were everyone’s favorite couple in 1981. These two first met in 1977, and their whirlwind courtship ultimately paved the way for one of the most iconic royal weddings of all time.

1981 – Prince Charles and Princess Diana

It was watched by millions across the globe, and people loved their pairing. He was the man set to one day become king, and she was the style queen who really wanted to make a difference. Sadly, we all know how this marriage ended.

1982 – Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne

As one of the most famous rockstars of all time, it’s fair to say that Ozzy Osbourne has always been a big deal. Although many expected him to live out his days as a bachelor, he surprised us all when he married Sharon in 1982.

1982 – Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne

The couple was fairly young, and many people expected their marriage to be relatively short-lived. However, they have certainly proved us wrong. The couple may have gone through some hardships over the years, but they are still together to this day – and that’s pretty amazing.

1983 – Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher

1983 was a huge year for Carrie Fisher. Not only was this the year that Princess Leia donned her iconic hairstyle for the final installment within the first Star Wars trilogy, but this was also the year that she became a wife. Her husband was singer and musician Paul Simon, and many people were surprised to see these two together.

1983 – Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher

It seems as though this skepticism wasn’t misplaced, as the couple divorced just one year after they tied the knot and exchanged their vows. However, this wasn’t the end of their relationship, as they were on-and-off for much of their lives.

1984 – Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley

They often say that opposites attract, and the public realized this for themselves in 1984, when Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley got together. While it seemed as though their relationship was legitimate, many people couldn’t believe it.

1984 – Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley

That’s because Billy Joel was the dark and brooding musician, and Christie Brinkley was the preppy model who couldn’t help but put a smile on your face. They tied the knot and welcomed their daughter in 1985, and their marriage lasted until their divorce in 1994. We guess what they say is true.

1985 – Sean Penn and Madonna

In 1985, both Sean Penn and Madonna were huge names in their respective fields. Madonna was working her way up to become the “Queen of Pop,” and Sean Penn had staked his place in the world of Hollywood. While their pairing made many fans excited, some were pretty skeptical.

1985 – Sean Penn and Madonna

This was because they met and got married within the space of six months, and many people wondered whether their love was real. Nevertheless, they tied the knot in 1985, and the divorce papers were officially filed in 1989.

1986 – Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

If you were born in 1986, you get to share your birthday with the year that one of the most iconic couples of all time graced the world with their presence. That’s because 1986 was the year that Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell really came into their own.

1986 – Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

While they had been dating since 1984, their popularity soared in 1986 after they continued to work on movies together. The couple has been together since, and while they haven’t become husband and wife, they have stated that they don’t feel the need to.

1987 – Kelly LeBrock and Steven Seagal

After making her mark as a model in the early ‘80s, it wasn’t long before Kelly LeBrok was entering into the world of Hollywood and starring alongside some of the biggest names in the business. It was during this time that she was introduced to fellow actor and martial artist Steven Seagal.

1987 – Kelly LeBrock and Steven Seagal

After her divorce from Victor Drai the year earlier, Kelly and Steven entered into a relationship, and they welcomed their first child into the world in 1987. Later that year, they also ventured down the aisle to become husband and wife.

1988 – Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson

We’ve already seen Burt Reynolds on this list, but it seems as though Sally Field wasn’t the only woman who got to share her life with this iconic actor. In fact, Burt was married twice over the course of his lifetime, and Loni Anderson had the pleasure of calling him her husband from 1988 until 1994.

1988 – Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson

During this time, the couple adopted a child and raised him as part of their family. However, this didn’t last too long, as the couple separated in 1994. It’s been suggested that this was because Burt found love in the form of a cocktail waitress.

1989 – Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

Kevin Bacon may be known for inspiring people to kick off their Sunday shoes, but it seems as though he’s also known for inspiring people in the name of love. That’s because he met the actress Kyra Sedgwick and immediately fell in love with her.

1989 – Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

They tied the knot in 1988, and by the time 1989 came around, they were one of the most popular celebrity couples in the world. They had also welcomed their first child this year, and another one popped out a few years later. Amazingly, Kevin and Kyra are still together today – which is pretty awesome.

1990 – Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder

Who could forget this iconic power couple? While those who were born in 1990 won’t remember the time when these two were the coolest cats in the business, those born earlier will know that was the case.

1990 – Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder

These two actors first met in 1989, and a year later, they were engaged and starred in Edward Scissorhands together. As if that wasn’t enough, this was also the year that Depp had “Winona Forever” tattooed on his arm. While they seemed like the perfect couple, they called it quits in 1993.