| Tuesday, May 02, 2006
| POWER COUPLES
|DIANE SAWYER & MIKE NICHOLS
They rule the screens. She's a star at ABC - a co-anchor of Good Morning America and Primetime. He is the acclaimed director of The Graduate and THe Birdcage. A string of stage hits, including the musical Spamalot, show he can rule Broadway too.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER & MARIA SHRIVER
The Terminator, a Republican, rode his fame as a body builder and action-flick actor to become the Governor of California. Shriver, a former NBC journalist and author, is a nice of J.F.K. and a Democrate. Somehow they have worked the politics out.
QUEEN RANIA & KING ABDULLAH II
Jordan's King Abdullah II had a long military career before being named crown prince just days before his father, the king died. The outspoken Queen Rania, an advocate for women's rights, studied business. Togehter, they stand for moderate pro-Western views - and economic reforms.
NELSON MANDELA & GRACA MACHEL
Machel, and advocate for children and a former politician, is the widow of Mozambique's founding President Samora Machel, who died in 1998. Although retired from politics a year later, the two still actively camapaign for peace and human rights.
LEE HSIEN LOONG & HO CHING
Singapore's Prime Minsiter Lee (the son of Lee Kuan Yew, the republic's first PM) married Ho in 1985. She has since become one of the most powerful businesswoman in the world, running Temasek Holdings, Singapore's national investment company.
BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE
She focuses on humanitarian issues, he on the environment. But the celebrity rags can't get enough of Brangelina. Rumors of romance during the filiming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith and the obsession when her pregnancy have sold lots of magazines.
JOANNE WOODWARD & PAUL NEWMAN
With their good looks and star power, Woodward and Newman were 20th century hearthrobs. Today the actors focus as much on the philanthrophy as they do on stage and film. She has revitalized the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut. His Newman's Own brand has given more than U$200 million to charities.
PETRIZZO BETELLI & MIUCCIA PRADA
Milanese fashion designer Prada won raves for her sleek black nylon handbags in the 1980s and is the queen of understated luxury. Bertelli, who married her in 1987, is the business genius behind the brand and has grown the Prada label into a billion dollar empire.
MARC ANTHONY & JENNIFER LOPEZ
J.Lo sang a duet with Anthony on her 1999 debut album. Five years later (so long, Ben Affleck), she wed Anthony -- like her, a successful Puerto Rican - American singer-actor. He's won a pair of Grammys; she's been nominated fora Golden Glove.
ANDRE AGASSI & STEFANI GRAF
Having no doubt heard their share of love jokes, the first couple of tennis wed in 2001 and have two children. Agassi continue to compete, although lately he has been beset by injuries. Graf retired in 1999 but was coaxed back to the court by her husband in March to benefit one of the charities the couple supports.
LYNNE & DICK CHENEY
The wife of the man many consider the most powerful Vice President in U.S. history has had a long career of ther own in public service. She has authored many books and serves as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
FRANCOIS HOLLANDE & SEGOLENE ROYAL
They're both bigwigs in the French Socialist Party. Hollande, a moderate, has been its leader since 1997. His partner Royal, with whom he has four children, is a likely candidate for the French presidency in 2007.
BJORK & MATTHEW BARNEY
No one would accuse these two of sticking to the beaten path. Quirky Icelandic pop musician Bjork (who goes by one name) and her partner Barney, a U.S. contemporary artist, are innovators in their fields. Recently they joined forces -- beyond the romantic bond -- to make the old but beautiful art film Drawing Restraint 9.
JAY-Z & BEYONCE
Fans call Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z the greatest rapper alive. He's a savvy businessman as well. A co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records and the president of Def Jam, he can wrest the spotlight even from his longtime girlfriend, star singer and actress Beyonce Knowles. But she beats him in the Grammy tally: she has nine to his five.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER & MATTHEW BRODERICK
They rank among the most popular actors in the U.S. with dozens of film, TV and stage performances between them, plus four Golden Globes, two Emmys and two Tonys. Parker is also a fashion icon (she has starred in GAP ads) and a UNICEF ambassador while Brodercik raises money for AIDS research.
DYNAMIC DUOS OF YORE
FRANKLIN D. & ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
He led the U.S. through the Great Depression and most of World War II, while his wife, a distant cousin of his and the niece of former President Roosevelt, wrote a newspaper column, gave lectures and did radio spots as First Lady. Both were social activists concerned with the lives of the poor.
MME & GEN. CHIANG KAI-SHEK
Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and his Christian, U.S. educated wife were the darlings of the Western democrats. After losing mainland to Mao's communists, he ruled Taiwan until his death in 1975.
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE & SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR
French existentialist philosopher-writers. Sartre and De Beauvoir challenged social norms via their ideas and texts and in their lifelong nonmonogamous relationship.
EVA & JUAN PERON
Argentina's President gained more than a radio star wife in his marriage to Evita, as she was known. She promoted her husband's policies in an adoring public and represented him abroad.
FRIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA
The troubled Kahlo and her philandering husband were among Mexico's greatest 20th century artists. Their rockyunion and ties to communists added to their intrigue.
(Source: Abstracted from TIMEMAG/"The lives and ideas of the world's most influential people")
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