02/13/1995 at 01:00 AM EST
"IN A GREAT ROMANCE," ACTRESS ELIZABETH ASHLEY once said, "each person basically plays a part that the other really likes." Cut. Print. It's a wrap. Love continually blossoms, blooms, sours and buds again in a cycle as old as George Burns. Maybe even older. And what applies to regular working stiffs goes double for celebrities, for whom the whole process looms larger than life. After all, from first date to the altar to acrimony to reconciliation, their passions play across the headlines. So it's no wonder that their love lives—including those of the couples on the following 47 pages—fascinate us. Some stars may seem fickle, but if it's your business to wear your heart on your sleeve, well, sometimes you have to change shirts. Then there are those who forge lasting bonds against all odds, inspiring no less wonder and astonishment. Whatever the zesty proclivities of the famous, they keep romance alive—as should we. "Age doesn't protect you from love," said French actress Jeanne Moreau. 'But love, to some extent, protects you from age." Vive l'amour!