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15 Couples Who Collaborated

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1. Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor

They're not household names, but you probably recognize their voices. Disney sound effects editor Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1977 to his death in 2009, met voice actress Russi Taylor when she became the voice of Minnie Mouse in 1986. The two fell in love and married in 1992. No wonder they had so much animated chemistry.

2. Charles and Ray Eames

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It was the beginning of a beautiful aesthetic when architect/instructor Charles Eames met art student Bernice "Ray" Kaiser at Michigan's Cranbook Academy of Art in 1940. They married a year later after Charles proposed with a letter beginning, "I am 34 (almost) years old, singel (again) and broke. I love you very much and would like to marry you very very soon." The couple moved to Los Angeles, where they built the iconic Eames House and designed mid-century modern furniture still coveted today. As if by design, Ray Eames died on August 21, 1988, exactly 10 years after her husband.

3. Gerry Goffin and Carole King

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Songwriting brought Gerry Goffin and Carole King together when they met at Queens College in 1958. They married a year later after 17-year-old King got pregnant and soon joined the Brill Building song publishing firm Aldon Music. With Goffin penning the lyrics and King composing the melody, the couple wrote some of the biggest hits of the '60s, including "The Loco-Motion," "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" The two worked amicably after their divorce in 1968, but King eventually found her own voice with the 1971 album Tapestry. King recorded new songs, along with some of the hits she wrote with her ex, and was the first female solo artist to win Grammys for both Record and Song of the Year.

4. Marina Abramović and Ulay

Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović had just begun making a name for herself when she fell in love with German performance artist Ulay in 1976. The pair collaborated on such pieces as Breathing In/Breathing Out, in which they rested mouth-to-mouth and inhaled each other's breath until they passed out. When they decided to part ways in 1988, they turned their breakup into another work of art. Abramović and Ulay each walked the Great Wall of China from opposite ends, meeting in the middle to say their goodbyes. They didn't see each other until 22 years later, when Ulay surprised Abramović as she silently performed The Artist Is Present at her 2010 MoMA retrospective. Watch what happened when they finally reunited (video NSFW):

5. Pierre and Marie Curie

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The couple that discovers spontaneous radioactivity together, stays together. Physicist Pierre Curie met his chemist wife Marie through a mutual, science-minded friend. When they married in 1895, Marie used a lab at her husband's workplace, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie de Paris. The couple explored radioactivity with fellow physicist Henri Becquerel and shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. (Marie alone received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 for the discovery of the elements radium and polonium.) In 1935, their daughter Irène Curie followed in their footsteps and won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry with her own husband.

6. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

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Comedian Lily Tomlin met comedy writer Jane Wagner when they developed monologues by Edith Ann, one of Tomlin's most popular Laugh-In characters, into the 1972 comedy album And That's The Truth. It began a lifetime collaboration. Wagner has been the funny woman behind the funny woman ever since, writing a number of movies and TV specials starring Tomlin. But the couple was totally serious when they married on December 31, 2013 after 42 years together.

7. Bob Kersee and Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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It was work at first sight when three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner met Bob Kersee, her track and field coach at UCLA. Under his guidance, Joyner won the 1982 and 1983 NCAA heptathlons and the 1984 Olympic silver medal in the same event during college. (Kersee had quite the track record. He also coached Olympic gold medalist Florence "Flo Jo" Griffith-Joyner, who married Jackie Joyner's Olympic gold medalist brother.) When Joyner graduated, she and Kersee took their relationship to the next level. He continued coaching her and the two married in 1986. Kersee allegedly told Joyner not to hyphenate her name until she broke a world record. She made it happen at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, winning gold in the heptathlon. Her 7291 point score still hasn't been beaten.

8. Henry and Phoebe Ephron

Sometimes writing runs in the family. Henry and Phoebe Ephron married in 1934 and worked as a Hollywood screenwriting team for 20 years. Their most notable work was the film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel in 1956. But their biggest contribution to the arts is probably their four daughters—Nora, Delia, Hallie, and Amy—who all grew up to be writers.

9. Stan and Jan Berenstain

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The couple behind the beloved Berenstain Bears children's book series met in 1941 on their first day of classes at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. They used their art skills during World War II—with Stan working as a medical illustrator and Jan drafting designs for the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1946, the future Mr. and Mrs. Berenstain made their weddings rings out of aluminum scraps salvaged from an aircraft factory. The couple's two sons inspired their magazine cartoon "It's All in the Family," as well as illustrated books about pregnancy, child-rearing, and the birds and the bees. In 1962, they switched over to bears with The Big Honey Hunt. The 300+ stories about Pa, Ma, Brother, and Sister Bear became elementary school classics.

10. Robert and Michelle King

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TV writing/life partners Robert and Michelle King co-wrote their first TV show, the legal drama In Justice, in 2006. It was cancelled after just one season. Three years later, they tried it again with a new legal drama inspired in part by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal. The Good Wife remains one of most critically-acclaimed shows on TV.

11. Donald and Nancy Featherstone

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Massachusetts artist Donald Featherstone was a single guy when he invented the iconic plastic flamingo back in 1958. When he married wife Nancy in 1978, they embarked on an ongoing project—wearing matching outfits for the last 35 years. Nancy started by sewing matching shirts and soon graduated to pants, sweaters, and even coats. The couple coordinates their outfits every day, no matter the weather, even when they're not together. Their favorite print: flamingos.

12. Jack and Meg White

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Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes were known for doing things a little differently. Their album covers and clothing were strictly limited to the colors red, black, and white, and they recorded music on antiquated equipment. They insisted that they were brother and sister, even after their marriage certificate surfaced on the Internet. (It turns out, they'd been married since 1996 and Jack took Meg's last name.) The creative couple divorced in 2000 and won their first Grammy Award four years later. The White Stripes called it quits in 2011.

13. Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman

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When singer Janice Karman married film producer Ross Bagdasarian Jr. in 1979, she was marrying into a family business—a very high-pitched family business. Bagdasarian's father created and voiced each member of Alvin and the Chipmunks back in 1958 and won multiple Grammy Awards. "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" was even nominated for Record of the Year in 1959, competing with hits from Perry Como, Peggy Lee, and Frank Sinatra. (Yes, seriously.) Bagdasarian Sr. died in 1972, leaving the legacy of the Chipmunks to his children. Together, his eldest son and the daughter-in-law he never knew revived the act, producing new Alvin and the Chipmunks albums and a TV series from 1983 to 1990. Bagdasarian, Jr. was the voice of Alvin, Simon, and Dave, while Kamran played Theodore and all three of the Chipettes. 

14. Anonymous Canadian Yacht Owners

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What's a wealthy couple to do when they get bored entertaining friends on their yacht? In 1954, one unknown Canadian husband and wife invented a dice rolling game they cleverly called "The Yacht Game." When they asked toy entrepreneur Edwin Lowe to make game sets for their friends, he made them a deal: 1000 Yacht Game sets for the full rights. Lowe renamed the game Yahtzee and sold it to the Milton Bradley Company in 1973. The original inventors never made a dime. Then again, they already had a yacht.

15. Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley

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Who says old married couples start tuning each other out? Singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley married in 1987, three years after forming the New Jersey-based indie rock group Yo La Tengo. Nearly 30 years and 13 studio albums later, they're still rocking.

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11 Screenwriters Who Hated Their Own Movies
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Even the most successful screenwriters don’t always get what they want after a film is completed. Here are 11 scribes who didn't hold back when it came to reviewing their own films.

1. QUENTIN TARANTINO // NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994)

During the early 1990s, Quentin Tarantino sold his screenplay for Natural Born Killers to Oliver Stone and used the money to fund his debut film, Reservoir Dogs, which was released in 1992. Two years later, Stone released the film with Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis in starring roles.

While it was a box office hit, Tarantino despised the production because of the changes and alterations to much of his original content. "I hate that f*cking movie," Tarantino told The Telegraph in 2013. "If you like my stuff, don't watch that movie."

Years after its release, the producers of Natural Born Killers sued Tarantino when he tried to publish the original screenplay as a book, as he had done with his original script for True Romance. The producers believed that Tarantino forfeited his rights when he sold it to them, but a judge ruled in Tarantino's favor.

2. PAUL RUDNICK // SISTER ACT (1992)

During the late 1980s, playwright and novelist Paul Rudnick tried his hand at screenwriting between stage productions. He pitched Sister Act to Touchstone Pictures, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, with Bette Midler in mind for the lead role. Though Midler passed on it, Whoopi Goldberg signed on to play the lovable lounge singer pretending to be a nun.

After months of rewrites and tedious studio notes, Rudnick was not happy with the final screenplay because it was nothing like what he originally wrote or intended the film to be. In fact, he was so unhappy with the movie that he asked Disney to remove his name and use the pseudonym “Joseph Howard” instead.

“Good or bad, it was no longer my work, so I asked to have my name removed from the credits,” Rudnick wrote in The New Yorker in 2009. “The studio was unhappy with that, and I got a series of urgent calls offering me a videocassette of the final cut and asking me to watch it and reconsider. I refused, because, even if the movie was terrific, it wasn’t my script ... Disney agreed that I could use a pseudonym, pending its approval.” He continued, “I can’t vouch for the original film, for one reason. Sister Act may very well be just fine, but I’ve never been able to watch it."

3. KURT SUTTER // PUNISHER: WAR ZONE (2008)

Before Marvel’s The Punisher made a comeback as a TV series on Netflix in 2017, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter was hired to write a sequel to The Punisher starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta. In 2007, Sutter started writing a new script and wanted to ground the antihero in a grittier reality and move the character from Florida to New York City.

However, after Jane dropped out of the project, Marvel Studios wanted to start over with a new sequel that felt more like the comic book version of Frank Castle instead of the more realistic idea that Sutter envisioned. The end result was so far removed from what Sutter had written that he asked for his name to be removed from what would turn into Punisher: War Zone.

“I threw away the first draft written by Nick Santora and did a page one rewrite,” Sutter wrote of the project in 2008. “I changed the locations, the characters, the story. I dropped Frank in a real New York City with real villains, real cops, real relationships. To me, the Punisher deserved more than the usual comic book redress. It shouldn’t just follow the feature superhero formula. Apparently, I was the only one who shared that vision.”

4. AND 5. LANA AND LILLY WACHOWSKI // ASSASSINS (1995)

During the mid-1990s, Lana and Lilly Wachowski sold the screenplays for Assassins and The Matrix to producer Joel Silver for $1 million per film. Assassins was the first to go into production, and Richard Donner signed on to direct with Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas attached to co-star.

Although Assassins was one of the hottest unproduced screenplays at the time (you can read the Wachowskis' original version here), Donner didn’t like the darker tone and artsy symbolism, so he hired screenwriter Brian Helgeland to do a page-one rewrite to make it into a standard action thriller instead. The Wachowskis were not happy with the decision to tone down their screenplay, so the siblings wanted their names to be taken off the project, but the Writers Guild of America denied their request.

“The film was not really based on the screenplay,” Lana said in a 2003 interview. “The one thing that sort of bothered us is that people would blame us for the screenplay and it’s like Richard Donner is one of the few directors in Hollywood that can make whatever movie he wants exactly the way he wants it. No one will stop him and that’s essentially what happened. He brought in Brian Helgeland and they totally rewrote the script. We tried to take our names off of it but the WGA doesn’t let you. So our names are forever there.”

If there’s a silver lining to this story it’s that the experience with Assassins led the Wachowskis to want more control over their work—so they decided to become directors; they made their directorial debut with Bound in 1996.

6. BRET EASTON ELLIS // THE INFORMERS (2008)

Although Bret Easton Ellis co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation for The Informers, from his own novel, the final cut was not exactly how he envisioned it. Ellis was upset that the tone of the story went from dark humor to something more melodramatic. He blamed Australian director Gregor Jordan for The Informers's missteps.

“You need [a director] who grew up around here,” Ellis said. “You also need someone with an Altman-esque sense of humor, because the script is really funny. The movie is not funny at all, and there are scenes in the movie that should be funny that we wrote as funny, and they’re played as we wrote them, but they’re directed in a way that they're not funny. It was very distressing to see the cuts of this movie and realize that all the laughs were gone. I think Gregor was looking at it as something else. I think we had this miscommunication during pre-production that it’s not supposed to be played like an Australian soap opera.”

In 2010, Ellis again commented on the woes of The Informers during a Q&A at the Savannah College of Art and Design, saying: “That movie doesn't work for a lot of reasons but I don't think any of those reasons are my fault."

7. KELLY MARCEL // FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (2015)

In early 2013, Universal Pictures acquired the film rights to E.L. James's bestselling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. The studio envisioned a new film franchise and hired Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel to adapt the book. While the movie studio promised Marcel creative freedom to explore the book’s characters and themes, the author had the final approval over the screenplay, director, and cast. James was unhappy with Marcel’s work and wanted the movie to be more like her novel.

“I very much wanted to do something different with the screenplay, and when I spoke to the studio and the producers and made that quite clear, they were very enthusiastic about that and kind of loved the things I wanted to do,” she explained on the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast in 2015. “I wanted to remove a lot of the dialogue. I felt it could be a really sexy film if there wasn’t so much talking in it.”

Marcel didn’t return to write the film's sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, and never even bothered to watch the original. “My heart really was broken by that process, I really mean it,” Marcel said. “I just don’t feel like I can watch it without feeling some pain about how different it is to what I initially wrote.”

8. JOE ESZTERHAS // JADE (1995)

During the 1990s, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas was the toast of Hollywood after Basic Instinct became a smash hit. His screenplays would sell for upwards of $4 million apiece, with Paramount Pictures acquiring the film rights to Jade for $1.5 million after Eszterhas turned in a mere two-page outline. However, after William Friedkin signed on to direct, the screenplay was completely changed with Friedkin doing an uncredited rewrite. Eszterhas was not happy that his work was butchered.

"I stared in disbelief," Eszterhas wrote in his autobiography, Hollywood Animal, about watching Jade for the first time. "I watched entire plot points and scenes and red herrings that weren't in my script. I heard dialogue that not only wasn't mine but was terrible to boot."

9. GORE VIDAL // CALIGULA (1979)

Although he was paid $200,000 for the screenplay for Caligula in 1979, novelist and screenwriter Gore Vidal was not happy with Penthouse Magazine founder and film producer Bob Guccione after he changed the film from a political satire to a $17 million piece of mainstream porn. Vidal was also very unhappy with the film’s director, Tinto Brass, with whom he had several clashes during production. Guccione sided with Brass and kicked Vidal off the set, while Vidal requested that his name be taken off the project altogether.

Eventually, Brass also walked off Caligula after butting heads with Guccione; Brass, too, asked for his name to be taken off the movie. The end result was Brass receiving a bizarre “Principal Photographer” credit, while Vidal got an even stranger “Based on an Original Screenplay by Gore Vidal” attribution.

“When I asked to see the first rushes, I was told by the Italian producer, ‘But, darling, you will hate them!,'" Vidal told Rolling Stone in 1980. "To which I said, ‘If Gore Vidal hates Gore Vidal's Caligula, who will like it?’ This was never answered. I quit the picture. Meanwhile, the director told the press that nothing of my script was left, except my name in the title.” Vidal later continued, “I threatened legal proceedings to remove the name. Finally, it was agreed that I would get no credit beyond a note that the screenplay was based upon a subject by Gore Vidal. But a fair amount of damage has been done.”

10. GUINEVERE TURNER // BLOODRAYNE (2005)

Screenwriter Guinevere Turner is mostly known for her thoughtful, character-driven movies like American Psycho, Go Fish, and The Notorious Bettie Page. She was even a staff writer and story editor on the hit Showtime TV series The L Word during the mid-2000s. With such an impressive resume, it was a little surprising that German director Uwe Boll, who is known as one of the worst directors of all time and the “schlock maestro” of movies like Alone in the Dark and Postal, commissioned Turner to write the film adaptation of the video game BloodRayne in 2005.

Turner wrote the screenplay in a few weeks and turned in a first draft to Boll, who was really excited about her work and decided to film it right away. However, he only ended up filming about 20 percent of the script and let the actors "take a crack at it" with improv and ad-lib work.

To no one’s surprise, BloodRayne turned out to be terrible, while Turner later said she was the only one “laughing out loud” during its premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. “It’s like a $25 million movie, and it blows! I mean, it’s like the worst movie ever made,” she admitted in the Tales From The Script documentary.

BloodRayne was later nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Director and Worst Picture.

11. J.D. SHAPIRO // BATTLEFIELD EARTH (2000)

In 1997, John Travolta commissioned screenwriter J.D. Shapiro to adapt Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s 1982 novel Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 for the big screen. Shapiro wrote a darker version of the novel, which resulted in him getting fired from the project altogether for refusing to change its tone.

However, much of what he wrote ended up in the final movie, so Shapiro ended up with a writer’s credit, much to his dismay. Battlefield Earth was released in the year 2000 and went on to be known as the worst movie of the decade. Shapiro even penned an open letter to apologize for his involvement.

"Let me start by apologizing to anyone who went to see Battlefield Earth,” he wrote in the New York Post in 2010. “It wasn’t as I intended—promise. No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those."

Although Shapiro hated Battlefield Earth, he was a good sport about its failure. He even showed up to accept a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay in 2001.

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

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T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

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T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

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T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

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T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

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T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

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T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

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T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

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[h/t IndieWire]

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