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65 Vintage Photos of Old Hollywood Stars on Their Honeymoon

Including Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds's nautical getaway.

Headshot of Janaya WeckerBy Janaya Wecker
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Marrying the love of your life shouldn't be followed by any old vacation—especially when you're a celebrity who is used to the glitz and glamour that comes with stardom. And while some of these famous marriages eventually ended in heartache—and often dramatic, messy divorces—that doesn't mean we shouldn't look back at the happy times. Here, rare photos offer a peek inside the most lavish Old Hollywood honeymoons, from Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher's Italian escape to Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Japanese getaway.

1920: Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks

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Two of the most talked-about stars of the '20s, Pickford and Fairbanks, travel by ship on their European honeymoon. Here, they are docked in London.

1922: Lord and Lady Louis Mountbatten

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Lord Mountbatten—a.k.a. Prince Philip's uncle—and his bride Edwina head to New York for their honeymoon aboard an ocean liner called Majestic.

1923: The Duke and Duchess of York

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Queen Elizabeth's parents, Prince Albert and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, respectively) were married in 1923. They honeymooned in Polesden Lacy, an estate in Great Bookham, England.

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1934: Cary Grant and Virginia Cherrill

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Suitcase in hand, the American screen star and his actress wife arrive in Rome for their honeymoon. They got married on February 9 in London.

1934: Frances Dee and Joel McCrea

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The movie stars relax on a Santa Monica beach just a few months after their October 1933 nuptials.

1940: Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman

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Four decades before he was President, Reagan was an actor and married future Academy Award-winner Jane Wyman. Here, they play ping pong at the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs.

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1945: Bette Davis and William Sherry

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The actress and artist spent their honeymoon in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, after making a stop in Mexico City for a little R&R first.

1947: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

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A few years before she took the throne, then-Princess Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh. Here, they walk through the leaves outside the Broadlands Estate, an English country house where they spent their honeymoon.

1947: William Clay Ford Sr. and Martha Firestone Ford

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The automobile heir and tire heiress enjoy the waves at Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda.

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1948: Lana Turner and Henry J. "Bob" Topping Jr.

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After her fourth wedding, the actress and her socialite husband touch down in England for their honeymoon.

1949: Tyrone Power and Linda Christian

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After saying "I do" in the Santa Francesca Romana church in Rome, the actor and actress hit the Italian Alps in Cervinia.

1950: Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Nicholson "Nicky" Hilton Jr.

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An 18-year-old Taylor celebrates her wedding to the hotel heir—which was hailed as the Hollywood social event of the year—by honeymooning in London.

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1950: Joan Crawford and Alfred Steele

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The actress and businessman taste a celebratory cake aboard the S.S. United States on their way to Europe for their honeymoon.

1950: Joan Crawford and Alfred Steele

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While in Capri, Italy, the star looks glamorous in a tunic and sandals in the sun.

1950: Clark Gable and Sylvia Ashley

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You can probably guess by the actor and model's tropical shirts and leis where they honeymooned following their wedding on a ranch near Solvang, California: beautiful Hawaii, of course.

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1950: Clark Gable and Sylvia Ashley

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The happy couple sits by the water.

1950: Diana Barrymore and Robert Wilcox

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Following their nuptials, actors Barrymore and Wilcox traveled to the sunny shores of Miami Beach, where they stayed at the Sherry-Frontenac Hotel.

1951: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

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A private moment between the singer and actress was caught on camera, while they stroll along a Miami beach hand in hand.

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1951: Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh

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Jamie Lee Curtis's mom and dad honeymooned in the Big Apple, arriving at their hotel suite at the famous Waldorf Astoria.

1951: Glenn Davis and Terry Moore

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The football player and actress smile for a photo before heading to Mexico City for their romantic getaway.

From: Town & Country US


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