From 12 to 36 years: Golden Age Hollywood couples with huge age differences. Photo

Darya SkubEntertainment
Star couples where the man is much older than his chosen one.

During the golden age of Hollywood, which lasted from the 1920s to the late 1940s, romantic relationships between people with a large age gap were the norm. Mature men could easily have affairs with young girls who were their children or even grandchildren.

Let us recall the legendary movie actor Charlie Chaplin. All of his chosen women were much younger than he was: the first by 13 years, the second by 20, the third by 21, and the fourth by 36 years. Impressive, isn't it? And there are many such examples. Read more in the OBOZ.UA article.

1. Errol Flynn, Nora Eddington and Patrice Wymore

Errol Flynn, a Hollywood movie star of the 1930s and 1940s, said during one of his scandalous interviews, "I like old whiskey and I like young women." Now, one could accuse him of ageism, but let's talk about another nuance: these women were actually girls.

In 1943, 34-year-old Flynn was accused of raping two 17-year-old girls. He was eventually acquitted. During the trial, the actor did not waste any time. He flirted with one of the audience members, 18-year-old actress Nora Eddington. Then they began an affair, and the couple got married. In 1949, they divorced, and six months later Errol legalized his marriage to another woman, 23-year-old actress Patrice Wymore. They lived together for 10 years.

Errol Flynn with Nora Eddington (left) and Patrice Wymore (right)

2. Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow, and Barbara Marks

The American actor and singer Frank Sinatra was married four times. His first wife, singer Nancy Barbato, was 2 years older. His second wife, actress Ava Gardner, was 7 years older. The fourth, actress and screenwriter Barbara Marks, was 12 years younger. "The most shocking figure was left for dessert. Frank's third choice was actress, singer and model Mia Farrow, who is 29 years younger than him.

Frank Sinatra with Mia Farrow (left) and Barbara Marks (right)

3. Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren

Italian film producer Carlo Ponti is another seducer of young girls. One of his chosen ones (read "mistresses") was the actress Sophia Loren. They met at a beauty pageant where 16-year-old Sophie participated. He was 38 at the time...

After three years of secret meetings, they both wanted to get married, but they couldn't. The fact is that Ponti already had a wife, and as an Italian citizen, he could not divorce her. It was only in 1966 that the lovers received French citizenship and got married.

Carlo Ponti and 22 years younger than him, Sophia Loren

4. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

American film actor Humphrey Bogart and actress Lauren Bacall met on the set of the movie To Have and Have Not (1944). In the process of communicating, they realized that they were not just friends. They fell in love with each other. The age difference did not become an obstacle: he was 45 years old and she was 20. The couple quickly got married and lived in harmony for 12 years. Their happiness could have lasted longer, but Humphrey passed away. He was unable to overcome cancer.

Humphrey Bogart and 25 years younger Lauren Bacall

5. Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli

The American actress and singer Judy Garland once married composer David Rose, who was 12 years older than her, until she was 21. And after the divorce in 1945, she was not bored for long. Within a week, she married her lover, 42-year-old director Vincente Minnelli, with whom she gave birth to a daughter, Liza.

Judy Garland with David Rose (left) and Vincent Minnelli (right)

Earlier, OBOZ.UA wrote about the strongest couples in Ukrainian show business who have been married for 20 to 40 years.

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