Valentines Tribute Goes to Cop-Killers, Homosexual Couple

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:03 PM EDT

( - A top Internet portal is marking Valentine's Day by showcasing the love affairs of what it calls 12 "trailblazing couples," including a pair of homosexuals, infamous bank-robbers Bonnie and Clyde, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The list of couples compiled by MSN, entitled "A Century of Romance," is part of the portal's 'Month of Love' promotion to mark the February 14 observance of Valentine's Day.

The promotion was launched with the proclamation that "the 20th century marked 100 years of romantic and sexual revolution. The introduction of birth control and the smashing of rigid social norms governing sex, marriage, and the traditional roles of men and women changed the way we love and live," according to the web site.

Regarding the romance of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the site notes that the two "fell passionately and fatally in love." According to MSN, Bonnie and Clyde "were looking for an escape from poverty, both hated authority. They were soon on a murderous bank-robbing spree, and left a trail of blood across several southwestern states before being gunned down by the law."

The Texas-born couple killed 12 people in all, mostly law enforcement officers, in the 1930s.

Also honored in the promotion are 20th-century writer Gertrude Stein and fellow writer Alice B. Toklas, described as "one of the first celebrated lesbian couples to live together openly and proudly." The couple lived together in Paris and owned a renowned literary salon. The synopsis includes a hyperlink on where to purchase books about the homosexual couple.

Hollywood favorites Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were singled out for their relationship, and the site takes notice of a "quiet affair lasted for almost 30 years," according to the tribute.

Tracy, described on the site as "a devout Catholic," was still married to another woman with whom he fathered two children, for the duration of his romance to Hepburn.

Another couple in the tribute is Elizabeth Taylor, who's been married eight times, alongside Richard Burton. They are described as "headstrong, passionate - and married to someone else."

"Their union was marked by extravagance (he bought her one of the world's largest diamonds), notorious drunken squabbles, and public reconciliations," the website states. They were married for ten years, divorced, then remarried a year later, but that union did not last.

The list also includes actress Lauren Bacall and actor Humphrey Bogart, who wed and remained married until Bogart's death in 1957. The tribute notes that the two "made four films together, took active roles against the anti-Communist witch-hunt, and had two children."

Other couples in the MSN tribute include Beatle John Lennon and Japanese artist Yoko Ono; actor Clark Gable and actress Carole Lombard; writer F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald; Mexican painters Diego Rivero and Frida Kahlo; South African President Nelson Mandela and Grace Machel, widow of the former president of Mozambique; and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Rounding out the list are Bill and Hillary Clinton, whose brief bio explains, "in their quarter of a century of married, very public life, they've faced victory, betrayal, public humiliation, vilification, and more. But hey, they're still together (at least for now)."