Great novels: 4 love stories that shook the world

Love is not the ideal about which they write in women's novels, but real relationships that inspire and make change for the sake of a loved one.

All dream of such love, for which you can move mountains or give up really important things, if circumstances so require. Unfortunately, many people have been searching for similar feelings for years, but they still don’t find it, and, not wanting to waste their time on trifles, they prefer to live all their lives in solitude. However, we found several real stories that confirm that true love exists.

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

For America, Frank Sinatra has become a real legend and symbol of the era of show business and the golden age of Hollywood. And while all the beauties of that time tried to win his heart, including Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner, only one woman really drove him crazy. He was so entangled in this love that he went into hard drinking, lost his voice and at times behaved inadequately.The actress who had driven the great performer crazy was called Ava Gardner, and she acted in some magical way on men. They were immediately ready for anything, if only this beautiful woman paid attention to them.

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner
Photo: Getty Images

Before meeting with Sinatra Ava, she had already managed to be married twice and screw up a mad romance with multimillionaire Howard Hughes. Howard threw airplanes, diamonds, luxurious dresses at the feet of the wayward beauty, but she only accepted gifts with cold politeness, keeping her fan at a distance. By the way, Frank himself, who also had a wife and three children, did not consider having a family an obstacle to love affairs. The fateful meeting took place in 1950 at the premiere of the painting "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". After that evening, Sinatra did not go himself, he suffered, was tormented and went crazy with love and jealousy. He could not shower the subject of his passion with expensive gifts, so he relied only on his charisma, which, alas, did not always work. As a result, Sinatra wrote his best hits and eventually achieved the location of the actress. Two southern temperaments came together, and feelings poured into the energy of true love and passion, which was impossible to resist.

First, lovers met in secret, because Sinatra was still not free. Then Ava flew to Spain, where she started a romance with the bullfighter, and Frank, who learned about it, almost died of grief. The actress felt sorry for him, promising to return, but then fell into the arms of Richard Green. The performer pumped up sleeping pills, and only a miracle saved him. Ava finally gave up and agreed to marry him. The ceremony took place in Philadelphia, and the couple enjoyed a quiet family happiness for a couple of years. But then they start harassing each other with jealousy, and in 1957, after a stormy showdown, they file for divorce. Frank claimed that after Ava he had many women, but none could give him the feelings he had with his muse.

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII English

This is perhaps the most famous misalliance in history when the English monarch Edward VIII voluntarily abdicated the throne for the sake of his beloved woman. Envious people vied with each other to discuss the fact that the king of England was suddenly inflamed with a passion for the twice-divorced American. This was not only strange, but also unwise, in the opinion of many Englishmen. The inhabitants of Britain were confident that a kind of end of the world and the collapse of moral and ethical standards and the foundations of secular society had come.

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII English
Photo: Getty Images

The 36-year-old monarch met Mrs. Wallace Simpson at a dinner party in early November 1930. At the same time, as historians recall, the prince fell in love at first sight with a married lady, although she was far from being beautiful and did not have any outstanding talents. However, you cannot command a heart, and soon the prince achieved its location. The lovers were not embarrassed by neither the status of Wallis, nor the censure of the public, nor the boycott of the royal family, who hoped that the monarch would soon play out and find himself worthy of passion. But it was not there!

In January 1936, when the English king George V died, Edward came to the throne, and Wallis immediately decided to divorce her legal spouse. At the same time about the fact that this divorced American woman suddenly became the wife of the monarch, neither the parliament nor the members of the royal family did not even want to hear. Therefore, poor Edward had to choose between the English throne and his feelings. It was obvious to many that he would choose a title and a crown. But, alas, Edward decided to leave everything for the sake of his beloved woman.

On December 10, 1936, Edward VIII publicly abdicated the throne by giving his famous speech, and then devoted himself entirely to family life.The couple lived a very happy life and traveled a lot, until in 1972 the monarch died of cancer.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier

And although in this union there was no big love, but the story of the Hollywood actress and the Prince of Monaco has become a true legend.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
Photo: Getty Images

One of the most beloved actresses by Alfred Hitchcock, Grace was distinguished by her Nordic appearance and restrained manners, so the feeling was created that this was not a Hollywood celebrity, but a real princess. However, despite the external coldness, the star was very loving and passionate and could easily spin the easy affair directly on the set with the operator or take beautiful courtship from the Iranian shah. In Hollywood, it was believed that Miss High Society, as the actress with angelic appearance was called, deserves to be the wife of only a real prince. As a result, this happened, and soon Grace was married to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

It should be noted that the acquaintance, held in 1955, changed the lives of not only young people, but also the whole state. The prince has long been looking for a worthy spousetherefore, marrying a famous, reputable Hollywood beauty helped attract investment and arouse the interest of tourists in ruining Monaco. Rainier estimated that a wedding with an Oscar-winning Hollywood actress would be a good PR move, and a magnificent ceremony held in 1956 revived interest in Monaco and turned this region into one of the most prestigious on the planet. The country fell in love with its new princess, and Grace gave the state not only long-awaited heirs, but also new economic opportunities.

Wife Renier bathed in attention, changed clothes from fashion designers, was shot for glossy magazines and visited other countries on official visits. However, while millions of people dreamed of being in the same tale, Grace suffered from the difficult nature of her spouse, and secular duties were for her a hard labor. Soon the actress had health problems, she began to gain weight, and her raised children began to run away from home, abandon their secular duties and turn the novels with bodyguards.

In 1982, Kelly did not cope with driving and got into a car accident, the injuries were incompatible with life,therefore, almost the next day, by the decision of the prince, the life support apparatus supporting his wife’s condition was turned off.

Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis

The novel of the great opera diva and the richest man of the mid-twentieth century was called the story of passionate love, burning everything in its path, and humiliation. Despite gossip and public censure, these two even felt happy. At times, but still.

Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis
Photo: Getty Images

The Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis dreamed of getting to a secular reception all the representatives of the rich families of that time. The billionaire did not refuse invitations, spending evenings surrounded by the most beautiful girls from high society, but, alas, using these silly women only to achieve their goals. He managed to turn each of his acquaintances (even with a lady) into a business, but that was until 1959, when he accidentally did not really fall in love. His world turned over at the moment when he was introduced to young opera singer Maria Callas, whose talent was applauded by the whole world.

Maria (real name Cecilia Sofia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos) was born in a familyGreek émigrés in the United States and early enough married the wealthy Italian industrialist Giovanni Battisto Menegini. He was a great connoisseur of art, and when he first saw a talented girl, he simply did not want to let her go anymore. And so he put all his business aside, becoming a loyal manager and generous producer of his lover.

But Onassis first noticed Maria Callas at a ball in Venice, and then came to her concert to make sure that it was not just another passing hobby, and later invited the singer and her husband to her legendary yacht “Christina” - the main symbol of the unprecedented luxury of the time . By the way, at that time, when the Greek tycoon was enjoying on his yacht a society of unfree, but desirable Mary, he was also bound by marriage, but at that time he was not particularly worried. Love turned Mary and Aristotle's head, and they spun the novel in front of the amazed public, spending all nights on the deck, dancing and looking at the starry sky. Upon returning, the beloved immediately began to live together, but soon the billionaire from an ardent lover turned into a real tyrant, constantly insulting Mary in front of her friends, openly changing and raising her hand on the once beloved woman.Callas, blinded by love, endured, what further provoked her tyrant. As a result, she abandoned her career, lost her voice, and locked herself up. Alas, the Greek tycoon not only did not take pity on his chosen one, but also truly betrayed the one whom she had recently admired. In October 1968, Aristotle Onassis married the widow of US President Jacqueline Kennedy, and Maria, who learned about it from the newspapers, closed in her apartment and turned into a real recluse.

Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis
Photo: Getty Images

Jackie Kennedy was a woman cold, energetic and calculating, although she was recognized as an icon of style. She clogged cabinets with creations of famous couturiers and was not at all interested in her husband’s affairs. In addition, her high life occupied much more than the duties of a housewife. And when Onassis was on his deathbed on March 15, 1975 in a Paris hospital, the devotee was with him, and Jackie, having learned about the death of her husband, calmly ordered Valentino's collection of mourning dresses and continued to appear in public as if nothing had happened.