Like the bond between Antony and Cleopatra, true love has an impact that stands the test of time. And just ’cause Shakespeare didn’t write some fancy schmancy play about the love affairs that follow doesn’t mean they weren’t every bit as tragic and/or triumphant and/or titillating as Tony and Cleo’s whole thing was. Eat your heart out, Willie Shakes.
The courtship of Frances Folsom by Grover Cleveland captivated the nation and made her the first First Lady media darling. She then turned around and used that press attention to promote charitable causes. For once, the tabloids did something that wasn’t terrible. (Our apologies to — and for — Hiddleswift).
What’s more seductive than the promise of power and respect? Peggy Shippen, that’s what. It’s no wonder Benedict Arnold gave up his allegiance to the Revolutionary cause for this bewigged beauty. You’d do it, too, for the woman many historians agree was the Winona Ryder of her day.
The partnership of Nancy and Ronald Reagan proves the old adage that behind every great man, there’s a great woman — potentially even one guiding his political and ideological transformation and telling him what to say in speeches and stuff.