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Romeo’s Rivals…

Whether they’re fact or fiction, love throughout history has been behind some of the world’s most famous stories. Many of which end in tragedy, so here’s a few where the guy actually gets the girl…


All young girls grow up reading fairy tales with the idea of a female being trapped somehow, until a knight in shining armour sweeps her off her feet and rescues her. Unlike most conventional princes, Shrek is an ogre, and although the rescue doesn’t go quite as planned, the prince (or ogre in this case!) wins the princess’s heart, breaks the spell on her and marries her back at his swamp – proving once and for all that true love does conquer all!


The lovable giant gorilla actually dies in his attempts to gain the love and affection of Ann Darrow, the glamorous blonde bombshell. Kong might have a reputation as a scary ape, but when the natives present Ann to him as a sacrifice, he falls in love with her. It’s not until we see King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, that he finally displays his affection and love for her, protecting her to the end. The infamous line “it was Beauty who killed the Beast” confirms the true affection.


Surprised to see this man as a romantic? Well, even with his reputation, the former King of England was obsessed with his second wife, Anne Boleyn. He wrote in a letter to her, ‘My heart and I surrender themselves into your hands’ and even signed himself as ‘Your servant and friend’. Henry spent seven years in turmoil before marrying his true love, only to have her beheaded three years later for adultery with several men, including her own brother! Just eleven days later, he married Jane Seymour, the only one of the lucky wives to bear him a son!


The character from the 1959 film, Some Like It Hot, Osgood breaks all conventions of a typical romantic. This millionaire finds himself falling in love with Daphne, who is really Jerry, a male musician in female disguise! Unbeknown to Osgood, he proposes to Daphne on his yacht and she (he?!) accepts under the impression that he can receive a nice cash settlement after their wedding. At the end of the film, Jerry tells Osgood he can’t actually marry him, bringing a range of reasons to which Osgood takes no notice and insists the wedding plan continues. Finally, Jerry confesses and removes his wig, pronouncing “I’m a man! ”, only for Osgood to speak the film’s memorable last line, “Well, nobody’s perfect.”

Written by Kelly Wickham