The De-Evolution of Hollywood's Royal Couples from Bogart and Bacall to Kardashian and Humphries

Since their epic wedding, many media sources have referred to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries as "Hollywood Royalty," which got us thinking: What exactly does Hollywood Royalty mean today? Certainly not as much as it used to. I'll explain: Our grandparents got Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, our parents got Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw and we get...The Kardashians? Somehow, it just doesn't seem fair. It's not that the relationships of yore were so much more wholesome (half of them started when one or both parties were married to other people) but it's that they seemed to have that X factor--a heady mix of glamour, mystery and money. The Kardashians certainly have one of those, but really, do they make the cut as "Hollywood Royalty"? And if they do, what does that say about our generation? Click through for a visual guide to the de-evolution of Hollywood Royalty couples.
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Since their epic wedding, many media sources have referred to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries as "Hollywood Royalty," which got us thinking: What exactly does Hollywood Royalty mean today? Certainly not as much as it used to. I'll explain: Our grandparents got Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, our parents got Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw and we get...The Kardashians? Somehow, it just doesn't seem fair. It's not that the relationships of yore were so much more wholesome (half of them started when one or both parties were married to other people) but it's that they seemed to have that X factor--a heady mix of glamour, mystery and money. The Kardashians certainly have one of those, but really, do they make the cut as "Hollywood Royalty"? And if they do, what does that say about our generation? Click through for a visual guide to the de-evolution of Hollywood Royalty couples.
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These two started it all. Before there could be Brangelina or Bennifer there had to be Dougry (or would it be Marglas?). Considered Hollywood's first real celebrity couple, Dougry drew 100,000's of fans during the European honeymoon and they were the very first stars to put their hands and feet in the cement in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

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Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier's marriage lasted 20 years, and though the couple divorced in 1960, they remained dear friends until Laurence's death.

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It is said that Humphrey fell madly in love with Lauren on sight while filming To Have and Have Not in 1944. There was just one problem: Humphrey was 45 to Lauren's 19. Actually there was two: Bogart was also married to actress Mayo Methot. Not to be dismayed, Bogart promptly divorced Methot and married Bacall, whom he stayed married to until he died roughly ten years later.

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A tumultuous affair, what Ava and Frank lacked in stability and trust, they more than made up for with glamour and drop-dead looks.

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Grace Kelly is the only Hollywood star to actually become a royal, so far that is. Now let's just work on keeping all Kardashians away from Prince Harry.

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Paul and Joanne are the gold standard when it comes to celebrity relationships. Married for 50 years until Paul's death and deeply private this couple is the polar opposite of today's Hollywood Royalty.

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The "King of Cool" + Model-turned-Accademy-Award-nominated-actress (and Wellesley College grad) = Most badass Hollywood couple ever.

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Probably the most famous beard Hollywood pair in the 90s, this is when "The Celeb Couple" seems to start taking a turn.

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Granted Johnny and Kate had a different sort of Hollywood glamour (that of the bedhead-cocaine-snorting-sort), but we included them because: 1)They ushered in a new era of style and 2) They are the hottest couple to have ever existed.

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And we thought Bogart and Humphrey's relationship was scandalous! Brad Pitt pioneers the leading-lady-swap and also becomes one-half of the first couple to be referred to as one (Brangelina). Brad must have the magic touch though because both couples seemed to have a golden shadow cast over them.

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Come 2011, and Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are the new Hollywood Royalty. Or wait, are they? We hope not.