Ingrid Bergman & Roberto Rossellini
She was the Swedish dreamboat with eyes of shining virtue who dominated the big screen in the 1940s and 1950s. She met Rossellini, the great neo-realist director, on the set of Stromboli. It was love at first sight, as hot as the titular volcano. But he was married and so was she (to a brain surgeon named Petter Lindström, with whom she had a daughter). When the world discovered their affair – and her pregnancy – hell followed. In the US Senate, she was denounced as "a horrible example of womanhood" and declared persona non grata. Exiled from America, she went to live in Italy with Rossellini and their baby, Renato Roberto. Her new film, Joan of Arc, was panned by US critics and shunned by audiences, but the couple rode out the scandal, married (in May 1950) and had two daughters. All was well until Ingrid began working for Jean Renoir, the French director. Rossellini became jealous, their relationship turned sour and they divorced in 1957 after seven years and five films together. One year later, she went back to Hollywood to hand out the Best Picture Oscar, and received a standing ovation. Having shed the unsuitable foreigner, she was America's golden girl again; yet it is for those seven passionate years that she is most remembered.