Discussion Post: What Are Your Favorite Cross-Cultures Real Life Love Stories?

Angie was just complaining about a memoir she read that was supposed to be this woman’s real life love story, but it was all dramatized and hyped up. Which made me think about the amazing “truth is stranger than fiction” real life love stories that exist in the world. Let’s share our favorites!

DCIB seems like the kind of place where people read a bunch of history, doesn’t it? And a community where people think a lot about romance, and also cultural mixing? In all your readings, who are your favorite cross-cultural couples?

Just to get it out of the way at the start, Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal, obviously. Magical young love at first sight that lasted, unbroken, until death. And he always was home to have breakfast with her and the kids. And she packed him a lunch every day. And he respected her traditions and hosted a Christmas Brunch, and she respected his traditions and learned how to cook him Indian food. The Perfect Couple.

Film History Pics on Twitter: "(1965) Shashi Kapoor with wife Jennifer  Kendal, her sister Felicity Kendal and Madhur Jaffery at the Berlin Film  Festival.… https://t.co/cU3EFRTuqv"

In the realm of romantical and unusual, Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten!!!!! Both of them intelligent well-traveled uppercrust types, who enjoyed some various affairs before their meeting (Nehru as a long time widower was rumored to have had relationships before, the Mountbattens had an open marriage). But then they got together and it was something special. Years of letters, which Edwina used to keep next to her bed every night. Edwina after Nehru became a stronger more caring and more sacrificing person. Nehru after Edwina always seemed a little bit lonely. And yet, it could never be.

Edwina, Nehru had a spiritual relationship: Daughter | Deccan Herald

Moving on from India, who doesn’t love Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara??? He was from a Polish Jewish family, grew up in the inner city, joined the army, came back, went to college and studied Drama, and then started making the rounds of the theater scene in New York. She grew up middle-class on Long Island, Irish Catholic, left home at 18 to be an actress and do Serious Drama. And then one day an agent was mean to her and she left his office and was crying in the waiting room, and nice Jerry Stiller saw her and took her out for coffee to cheer her up and a year later they were married, and had formed a comedy a team, playing their Nice Catholic Girl versus Jewish Boy personas on stage.

Jerry Stiller, 'Seinfeld' Star Who Observed Festivus, Dies at 92 - Bloomberg

Those are the three I can think of off the top of my head! You tell me your favorites in the comments 🙂

(also, if those of you who are married cross-culture, don’t start your comment by saying “my own!” I will believe love is dead)


7 thoughts on “Discussion Post: What Are Your Favorite Cross-Cultures Real Life Love Stories?

  1. My father went to med school on Mussolini’s dime. In return he had to serve 2 years in the fascist army. (He’s not proud of it.) He was stationed at a hospital in Morocco where he removed the tonsils of an 11 year old girl, my mother. She fell in love with his beautiful green eyes and learned Italian so she could write to him. When he returned to Naples, he started to write back. They corresponded for five years until he married her.

    My next novel is going to be their love story. And Angie, I promise I won’t hype it up.

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  2. Seretse Khama (Prince, later King/President of Botswana) and Ruth Williams (a middle-class woman from London). There is a movie about them that is very good named ‘A United Kingdom’.


    • Oh, that is LOVELY! Thank you, lifted my spirits right up.

      On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 4:32 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  3. I know the blog isn’t a huge fan of Priyanka Chopra, but I’ve been a fan of Nick Jonas for years, and she seems to be really bringing out the best in him. And he is so genuinely respectful of and interested in Indian culture and the Hindu religion. They’ve really grown on me.


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