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UPDATED 02/12/1996 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/12/1996 at 01:00 AM EST

The Greatest LOVE STORIES OF THE CENTURY

59 INTRODUCTION

60 ELIZABETH TAYLOR & RICHARD BURTON
Even in the ribald '60s, the world was riveted by their lusty love

66 KING EDWARD VIII & WALLIS SIMPSON
Smitten with a divorcée, he forfeited a crown—and altered history

70 FRANK SINATRA & AVA GARDNER
The crooner and the love goddess ignited and never completely cooled

74 LUCILLE BALL & DESI ARNAZ
On TV they made love seem funny, but their stormy life was no sitcom

77 MARILYN MONROE & JOE DiMAGGIO
An unlikely marriage took the ballplayer into romance's major league

79 STANFORD WHITE & EVELYN NESBIT
The celebrated architect paid dearly for this brief fling

83 FRIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA
Their artistic temperaments brought them together—and tore them apart

87 MARGOT FONTEYN & ROBERTO ARIAS
The dancer and the diplomat kept their vows—for better and worse

92 JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO
The love between the smart Beatle and his singular wife has survived his death

123 ERNEST HEMINGWAY & AGNES VON KUROWSKY
Their wartime attraction endures as a literary classic

124 CLARK GABLE & CAROLE LOMBARD
He didn't give a damn about Scarlett, but he fell hard for this glamor girl

127 GERTRUDE STEIN & ALICE B. TOKLAS
They confounded Jazz Age Paris with a proper lesbian marriage

130 ELVIS PRESLEY & PRISCILLA BEAULIEU
His drug-fueled career and her sheltered life led to Heartbreak Hotel

135 KATHARINE HEPBURN & SPENCER TRACY
Their passion was forbidden—yet impossible to deny

137 BORIS PASTERNAK & OLGA IVINSKAYA
He wrote the book on love, and it was about her

140 HUMPHREY BOGART & LAUREN BACALL
It was a marriage made in Hollywood—and it lasted

143 WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST & MARION DAVIES
The rich man's life was enriched by his showgirl mistress

144 GRACE KELLY & PRINCE RAINIER III
Hitching his tiny principality to her rising star, they lived happily enough...for a while

149 DASHIELL HAMMETT & LILLIAN HELLMAN
In dark days, they stuck to their convictions—and each other

150 RONALD REAGAN & NANCY DAVIS
Neither politics nor his failing health could break their bond

155 REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM & RUTH BELL
Crusade after crusade, he always returned to her waiting arms

156 SID VICIOUS & NANCY SPUNGEN
With twisted emotions, they forged a sad and deadly love

163 F. SCOTT FITZGERALD & ZELDA SAYRE
Often impulsive and usually intoxicated, they roared through the '20s

167 TOM HANKS & RITA WILSON
Her endearing warmth has been the balm for his loneliness

168 COLIN POWELL & ALMA JOHNSON
Through war and peace, they kept the home fires burning

171 PRINCE CHARLES & CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES
Though he married Diana, his heart remained with the woman he couldn't have

172 CHARLIE CHAPLIN & OONA O'NEILL
After decades of wild womanizing, the Little Tramp found love and stability

174 GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN
The straight man and his funny lady made a dream team onstage and off

176 JACKIE ROBINSON & RACHEL ISUM
The man who broke baseball's color line was bolstered by a devoted wife

178 POPEYE & OLIVE OYL
Proving that water and oyl can mix, the sailor has been wooing his sweetie for 67 years

INSIDE PEOPLE 4
MAIL 8
PICKS & PANS 17
THE INSIDER 43
PUZZLER 180
PASSAGES 195
CHATTER 206

STAR TRACKS 10
Madonna makes Argentina cry. Brett Butler horses around. Magic Johnson returns in style, and more

UP FRONT

44 Heir to a storied fortune, John E. du Pont grew increasingly erratic until in a spasm of violence he killed his staunch defender and friend, Olympic wrestling champion David Schultz

50 Princess Diana loses three staffers—and stirs accusations of paranoia—after allegedly spreading a shocking rumor about Prince Charles and his aide Tiggy Legge-Bourke

54 At first, scholar Donald Foster wasn't sure the poem was really Shakespeare's, but where there's a way, there's a Will

TUBE 183
When they needed a dazzling marquee diva for their slick new soap The City, Morgan Fairchild was just catnip to execs at ABC

POLS 186
Millionaire publisher Steve Forbes is doing the one outrageous thing his flamboyant father, Malcolm, never tried: running for President

ON THE JOB 196
A plainspoken veteran of Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, Maj. Gen. William L. Nash embarks on a mine-strewn mission of peace in Bosnia

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 200
Former Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth sheds his spandex skin and reemerges as a Vegas lounge lizard

GALLERY 202
Winners of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition capture nature at its quirkiest

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