IT TAKES TWO

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They say you shouldn’t mix busi­ness with plea­sure, but Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel proved that ax­iom wrong – one of the rare cou­ples who’ve es­tab­lished a suc­cess­ful brand, and an ever-last­ing bond in the glare of Tin­sel­town.

Mary Pick­ford and Dou­glas Fair­banks Cana­dian-born “Amer­ica’s Sweet­heart” Mary Pick­ford, along with Fair­banks, be­came Hol­ly­wood’s first “it” cou­ple. They en­joyed on­screen suc­cess, but their part­ner­ship ar­guably made a greater im­pact off-screen, co-found­ing Pick­fordFair­banks Stu­dio and United Artists and help­ing to cre­ate the Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences. Fair­banks even hosted the first Os­cars while Pick­ford won the sec­ond-ever Best Ac­tress prize. They di­vorced in 1936 af­ter 16 years of mar­riage and fail­ing to tran­si­tion from silent films to talkies.

Ge­orge Burns and Gra­cie Allen The cou­ple met in 1923, when he was 27 and she was 28 and forged both a decades­long mar­riage and a ca­reer to­gether. Their le­gendary Burns and Allen com­edy pair­ing be­came one of the few acts rooted in vaude­ville to tran­scend ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and film, and Burns never stopped hon­our­ing Allen pub­licly af­ter her death in 1964. The city of Los An­ge­les even named a street af­ter each of them, mean­ing you can ac­tu­ally stand at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gra­cie Allen Drive and Ge­orge Burns Road.

Lu­cille Ball and Desi Ar­naz Not only did Lucy and Desi, who were mar­ried for 20 years, cre­ate and star in one of the best-loved sit­coms of all time, I Love Lucy, but they also founded one of Amer­ica’s most suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies, De­silu Pro­duc­tions. Af­ter their di­vorce in 1960, Lucy took over De­silu, a ground­break­ing move that made her the first fe­male stu- dio head in tele­vi­sion his­tory. She later sold De­silu to Paramount Pic­tures for $17 mil­lion and started a sec­ond pro­duc­tion com­pany, Lu­cille Ball Pro­duc­tions.

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Davis and Dee’s relationship dates back to the Civil Rights move­ment, where their ac­tivism in­cluded march­ing on Wash­ing­ton along­side Martin Luther King Jr., lend­ing vo­cal sup­port at ral­lies and work­ing along­side the move­ment’s lead­ers. They car­ried that pas­sion to the stage and screen, per­form­ing to­gether nu­mer­ous times while us­ing their ca­reers – Davis an ac­com­plished di­rec­tor and Dee an award-win­ning ac­tress – to help shat­ter bar­ri­ers for AfricanAmer­i­cans in Hol­ly­wood.

Brad Pitt and Jen­nifer Anis­ton One of Hol­ly­wood’s most buzzed-about cou­ples in the early 2000s, Brad and Jen’s five-year mar­riage spawned a pro­duc­tion com­pany, Plan B En­ter­tain­ment, co-founded with pro­ducer Brad Grey. Their 2005 mar­i­tal split be­came tabloid fod­der due to a love-tri­an­gle in­volv­ing An­gelina Jolie, with whom Pitt starred in Mr. & Mrs. Smith that year. The di­vorce set­tle­ment gave the ac­tor full con­trol of Plan B, which has turned out three Best Pic­ture Os­car win­ners to date – The De­parted, 12 Years a Slave and Moon­light.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wil­son Beyond es­tab­lish­ing a 30-year mar­riage that is the envy of most Hol­ly­wood cou­ples as well as act­ing to­gether in mul­ti­ple films, Wil­son has proved in­te­gral in help­ing to es­tab­lish her hus­band’s pro­duc­tion com­pany and record la­bel, Play­tone. She serves as its CFO and has steered Play­tone to­ward cre­ative suc­cess, in­clud­ing tipping off Tom about a Cana­dian play called My Big Fat Greek Wed­ding, which they adapted into one of the most pop­u­lar and fi­nan­cially suc­cess­ful ro­man­tic come­dies ever.

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