50 years ago—1968: The year in love & marriage

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By Kellie Freeze, ReMIND Magazine

Friend of the bride or friend of the groom? No matter on which side of the aisle you sit, take a moment to remember 1968’s newsworthy nuptials.

Jan. 20

Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski

The relationship of the Polish director and the American actress and model blossomed while Polanski directed and starred alongside Tate in The Fearless Vampire Killers. Their wedding day smiles would be short-lived. While Polanski was in Europe working on a film, a heavily pregnant Tate and four other people were viciously murdered by members of the Manson family on Aug. 9, 1969

Feb. 20

John Cleese and Connie Booth

Love bloomed on both sides of the pond when an American funny girl and a British funny guy met and fell in love. After marriage, the couple paired up as stars and writers of the popular British series Fawlty Towers. After a decade and a daughter, the pair divorced but remained friends.

March 1

June Carter and Johnny Cash

Independently, June Carter and Johnny Cash were music royalty, but together they reigned as folk and country music’s king and queen. In 1968, Cash proposed to Carter during a live performance at a Canadian ice rink, and they married in Kentucky a couple of weeks later. As frequent collaborators, the superstars earned two Grammy awards together, and their song “Jackson” reached No. 2 on the U.S. country music charts. Their months-apart deaths in 2003 ended the devoted duet.

May 20

Karen Astley and Pete Townshend

The Who rocker met his first wife when they were both students in art school and dated her for five years before marrying in 1968. The guitarist and his fashion designer wife epitomized the coolness of the spiritual counterculture during the psychedelic ’60s and ’70s.

Sept. 16

Sally Field and Steven Craig

When the perky Gidget beach bunny and her high school boyfriend got married, the newlyweds looked as all-American as apple pie. But the cuties divorced after seven years of marriage and the births of sons Peter and Eli.

Oct. 5

Jill Ireland and Charles Bronson

The British-born actress and her mustachioed man met when Ireland’s first husband David McCallum worked with Bronson on The Great Escape. Ireland and Bronson starred in 15 movies together, including Love and Bullets and From Noon Till Three, and were married until Ireland’s 1990 death.

Oct. 20

Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis

The former first lady married the Greek shipping tycoon, a long-time friend, years after the assassination of her first husband President John F. Kennedy and less than five months after her brother-in-law Robert Kennedy was gunned down. She came to fear for the lives of her children, Caroline and John Jr., and saw that Onassis was able to provide the privacy and security she sought. The pair married before 40 of their closest family and friends on Onassis’ private island of Skorpios, with the Kennedy kids taking roles in the ceremony.

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