E B and Katherine White
Katherine Sergeant Angell was unhappily married to a philanderer when she first met her future husband, the writer E B White, better known as "Andy". Both worked at the eminent weekly magazine, The New Yorker, where she was fiction editor. On reading his articles, Katherine encouraged Andy to take a part-time editing job. He recalled later: "I noted that she had a lot of black hair and the knack of making a young contributor feel at ease. I sat there peacefully gazing at the classic features of my future wife without - as usual - knowing what I was doing." He would send her love poems, which she would then run in the magazine. Aware of their blossoming passion, they agreed that their relationship should remain professional. Then, in 1928, after her husband slapped her during a row, Katherine travelled to Nevada to obtain a divorce. Soon afterwards, the non-committal, tentative Andy made what he would call "the most beautiful decision of my life" - he proposed to Katherine and they married the same day. The pair had one son, and lived together devotedly until Katherine's death from a heart attack in 1977. Andy orchestrated her funeral service but was too distraught to attend. For years afterwards, he took flowers to her grave every day, until his own health failed.