When celebrated couples indulge in public displays of affection, the cameras come out clicking. This was true long before Tom imported Nicole or Andre charmed Brooke. On the following pages, we honor six decades of renowned romantics who might have walked away from photographers, but chose instead to take the buss.
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable nuzzled during a photo session for No Man of Her Own in 1932. Lombard bad a man of her own at the time: William Powell. She would marry her costar seven years later.
Lip-action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, joined the 1991 kickoff of the second annual Great American Workout at the White House. This exercise: the chin press, with full labial extension.
Mia Farrow adopted a tender pose with hubby Frank Sinatra in 1966 after both were What’s My Line? mystery guests.
Before their kisses gave way to hisses, Diana and the polo-playing Prince Charles engaged in a postchukker pucker at Windsor Great Park outside London in 1987.
Alec Baldwin got cheeky with Kim Basinger at the Tony Awards in Manhattan in ’92.
In Louisville back in ’75, KFC’s chicken champion. Col. Harland Sanders, gave his wife, Claudia—what else—a peck.
Dirty dancer Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, had some good lean fun in 1992 at Planet Hollywood in New York City, where the jukebox used in DD was added to the movie memorabilia.
A decade ago. President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan won one for the Lipper.
Retired New York Yankee great Joe DiMaggio got to first base with Marilyn Monroe at their 1954 wedding in San Francisco.
Coming up next on Oprah: Stedman Graham reveals a 1987 incident in New York City when his girlfriend, a fabulously wealthy daytime talk show host, gave him an earful.
Loo-see, bésame! Desi Arnaz celebrated New Year’s Eve with Lucille Ball at the height of their mid-’50s fame.
He played a vampire in 1983’s The Hunger, and 10 years later, David Bowie still enjoyed necking—with wife Iman at a D.C. benefit.
The score was love-love last fall when Andre Agassi made out with Brooke Shields at the U.S. Open.
The French kiss lost something in translation for Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn after an ’89 L.A. fete for Sammy Davis Jr.
Did Julia love it when Lyle made this impromptu display of affection outside an L.A. sound studio in ’93?
Whether it was a Thriller or just plain Bad, the lip lock between Michael Jackson and bride Lisa Marie Presley electrified the MTV Video Music Awards in Manhattan last September.
Iguana kiss you: Richard Burton pursued his public passion for Elizabeth Taylor during a break in shooting The Night of the…in Mexico in 1963.
Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, went one-on-one celebrating his new job as coach of the L.A. Lakers last spring (his tenure lasted 16 games).
Chalk one up for love. In L.A. in 1983, Danny De Vito responded on cue when his wife, Rhea Perlman, felt a romantic moment rolling their way.
Puppy love isn’t just for kids, as Gloria Estefan and her musician husband, Emilio, showed in 1990 at their Miami home.
Look Who’s not Talking Too: Kelly Preston sealed her lips with John Travolta at the 1990 premiere of the comedy sequel in L.A.