DEIDRE HALL TO STEVE SOHMER
Their first engagement, in 1982, lasted two years—and then she broke it off. So in 1989, when Days of Our Lives star Hall and Sohmer, a TV producer and novelist, rekindled their romance, he made her work for her wedding band. “I’ve proposed to you 100 times,” he said. “This time, you have to propose to me.” Hall bought Sohmer a miniature wedding cake and a three-tiered gold Cartier ring, which she presented at a romantic dinner à deux at L.A.’s Patina restaurant, where the two first became engaged. Sohmer was overwhelmed. “Even if I didn’t love you,” he told Hall, “I’d have to marry you now.”
TOMMY LEE TO HEATHER LOCKLEAR
The couple were in a limousine heading to Locklear’s Tarzana, Calif., home on Christmas Eve, 1985, when Mötley Crüe’s Lee stuck his head through the sunroof and asked his actress girlfriend to do the same. “I reached in my pocket,” he recalled, “and pulled out a 2.3-carat diamond. I said, ‘Will you marry me?’ She said, ‘Yes.’ Then she grabbed the ring, sat back down and screamed, ‘Now get down here!’ ”
EDDIE VAN HALEN TO VALERIE BERTINELLI
Bertinelli remembers it well: “I was sittin in the bedroom when he walked in, got down on his knee, opened up a tiny box and asked if I’d marry him.” Inside was an emerald-cut diamond. The actress and the rock star wed a few months later, in April 1981.
GERALD MCRANEY TO DELTA BURKE
After two dates, McRaney proposed to Burke at the Beverly Hills tropical watering hole, Trader Vic’s. “A few rum drinks,” he said, “and I got up the nerve.”
MICHAEL KASE TO SCHAE HARRISON
Here’s what you didn’t see on The Bold and the Beautiful last November: Harrison (Darla) answers the door, expecting a soap opera telegram. Instead, she finds her boyfriend, film production assistant Kase, holding a cue card with a question (above). “I was in shock,” says Harrison. “I hyperventilated, and I said, ‘Oh, my God!’ about 29 times! Then I threw my arms around him and said, ‘Yes.’ ” They’ll wed in ’94.
ROBY MARSHALL TO TRACEY GOLD
Marshall, a TV production assistant, enlisted Diane Sawyer to help him win Growing Pains actress Gold. After Sawyer chronicled Gold’s battle with anorexia on PrimeTime Live May 6, she announced, “When the story airs on the West Coast, [Roby] is going to ask Tracey to marry him.” Gold, who was watching at home on TV, recalls, “I gasped. All the color drained from me. Roby got on one knee, pulled out the ring [a diamond solitaire in a Tiffany setting] and said, ‘Will you marry me?’ in front of my whole family.” The wedding is set for October 1994.
NARVEL BLACKSTOCK TO REBA MCENTIRE
For Christmas, 1988, McEntire’s manager, Blackstock, “had a bunch of big boxes under the tree for me,” recalls the country music queen. “The first was an ice chest with a phone book in it, and on top of the phone book was a card that said, “Try the other one.’ The next had a note that said, ‘Go to the next one.’ So I went to this huge box, and it had smaller boxes inside, and finally I got a little ring box with this 2-carat, pear-shaped diamond engagement ring.”
GARTH BROOKS TO SANDY MAHL
At 2 a.m., after a night of dancing, Garth and Sandy cuddled in a booth at the Kettle restaurant in Stillwater, Okla. “Just in passing, so I wouldn’t be disappointed if I was turned down, I said, ‘So what would you think about marriage?’ ” recalls Brooks. “We started talking, and it didn’t take long to decide to get married.” But though he proposed in 1984, the wedding was postponed until 1986.
STEDMAN GRAHAM TO OPRAH WINFREY
Public relations executive Graham was so informal in his manner that talk show host Winfrey wasn’t sure what happened. After he asked her to marry him at her Indiana farmhouse last October, she said, “Is this the proposal?” “I want you to marry me,” he said. “I think it’s time.”
KEVIN POWER TO KAREN AKERS
Cabaret singer Akers was in London last winter when she received a surprise Valentine’s Day package from her beau, Rockville, Md.. businessman Power. Inside the flat wooden crate was a chocolate disc (left) inscribed, “Karen, just for the record, I love you. Please marry me.” She will—in September.