Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so what better way to get into the loved-up spirit than looking back at some of our favorite famous couples and the romantic letters they sent each other? Whether the notes are lengthy or made up of just a few simple words, each one is filled with so much emotion that you’ll probably find yourself wishing you were the one they were addressed to.
The amorous authors range from presidents, actors and actresses, and music icons dating all the way back to Ludwig van Beethoven. There’s also a few typically gruff fellas who showed off their sensitive side when it came to describing the love they had for their sweetheart. Don’t be surprised if they inspire you to pen a few romantic words for your significant other, too! Take a look to see all the best love letters from famous couples that will make you swoon.
From Prince Albert to Queen Victoria
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria are known for having one of the most romantic relationships in the history of the British monarchy. According to Telegraph, Albert penned these sweet words to Victoria shortly before their wedding day.
"Dearest deeply loved Victoria, I need to tell you that since we left, all my thoughts have been with you at Windsor, and that your image fills my whole soul. Even in my dreams, I never imagined that I should find so much love on earth. How that moment shines for me still when I was close to you, with your hand in mine. Those days flew by so quickly, but our separation will fly equally so."
The clearly besotted prince ended the note saying, "With promises of unchanging love and devotion, Your ever true Albert."
Johnny Cash to June Carter Cash
The country couple's notoriously rocky romance was the subject of the film Walk the Line, but that apparently only scratched the surface of Johnny and June's affection for each other. This sweet letter from Johnny on June's birthday in 1994 even beat out other famous love letters as the greatest of all time, as reported by Daily Mail.
"Happy Birthday Princess, We got old and got used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes we take each other for granted. But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You're the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much."
From Dana Reeve to Christopher Reeve
Dana wrote this letter to the Superman star on their fourth wedding anniversary, which was just a little less than a year after the riding accident that paralyzed Christopher. It's heartwarming to know how they wouldn't let that, or any of the other bumps they encountered in their tragically short time together, get in the way of their love.
"My darling Toph, This path we are on is unpredictable, mysterious, profoundly challenging, and, yes, even fulfilling. It is a path we chose to embark on together and for all the brambles and obstructions that have come our way of late, I have no regrets. In fact, all of our difficulties have shown me how deeply I love you and how grateful I am that we can follow this path together. Our future will be bright, my darling one, because we have each other and our young'uns. With all my heart and soul I love you, Dana."
From Ludwig van Beethoven to "Immortal Beloved"
Scholars are still debating who the composer's 10-page letter was addressed to back in the early 1800s, referred to only as "Immortal Beloved" by Beethoven. Whoever it was, excerpts like the one below prove just how much he truly cared for her.
"Even in bed my ideas yearn towards you, my Immortal Beloved, here and there joyfully, then again sadly, awaiting from Fate, whether it will listen to us. I can only live, either altogether with you or not at all. Yes, I have determined to wander about for so long far away, until I can fly into your arms and call myself quite at home with you, can send my soul enveloped by yours into the realm of spirits — yes, I regret, it must be. You will get over it all the more as you know my faithfulness to you; never another one can own my heart, never — never! O God, why must one go away from what one loves so, and yet my life in W. as it is now is a miserable life. Your love made me the happiest and unhappiest at the same time. At my actual age I should need some continuity, sameness of life — can that exist under our circumstances? Angel, I just hear that the post goes out every day — and must close therefore, so that you get the L. at once. Be calm — love me — today — yesterday. What longing in tears for you — You — my Life — my All — farewell. Oh, go on loving me — never doubt the faithfullest heart
He ended the letter: "Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours."
From Marilyn Monroe to Joe DiMaggio
The all-American couple remained close for years following their short-lived marriage. Joe famously kept their romance alive even after Marilyn's passing by having roses delivered to her grave multiple times a week. She penned this short note to Joe shortly before her death.
"If I can only succeed in making you happy — I will have succeeded in the biggest and most difficult thing there is — that is to make one person completely happy. Your happiness means my happiness."
From Mark Twain to Olivia Clemens
The author was, of course, known for his way with words. It makes sense that these he wrote for his wife, Olivia, would be especially poignant. He signed the letter, which was written for Olivia's birthday in 1875, "S.L.M" — his actual name, Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
"Livy darling, Six years have gone by since I made my first great success in life and won you, and thirty years have passed since Providence made preparation for that happy success by sending you into the world. Every day we live together adds to the security of my confidence that we can never any more wish to be separated than that we can ever imagine a regret that we were ever joined. You are dearer to me today, my child, than you were upon the last anniversary of this birth-day; you were dearer then than you were a year before — you have grown more and more dear from the first of those anniversaries, and I do not doubt that this precious progression will continue on to the end. Let us look forward to the coming anniversaries, with their age and their gray hairs without fear and without depression, trusting and believing that the love we bear each other will be sufficient to make them blessed. So, with abounding affection for you and our babies, I hail this day that brings you matronly grace and dignity of three decades!"
From Richard Nixon to Pat Nixon
It may be difficult to imagine the pragmatic president writing sweet nothings, but this letter from his early days with wife Pat prove otherwise. Calling her "dearest heart" is a particularly endearing detail.
"Dearest Heart, As I look out the window at the clouds with the sun trying to break through, I am thinking of how much you have meant to me the past two years. Do you remember that funny guy who asked you to go to a 20-30 ladies night just about two years ago? Well — you know that though he still may be funny — he’s changed since then. But you may not know — dear one — that he still gets the same thrill when you say you’ll go someplace with him – that he did when you said one time that he could take you for a ride in his car! And did you know that he still looks out the window toward wherever you are and sends you the best he has in love, admiration, respect, and “best of luck”? And when the wind blows and the rains fall and the sun shines through the clouds (as it is now) he still resolves, as he did then, that nothing so fine ever happened to him or anyone else as falling in love with Thee — my dearest heart."
From George Carlin to Sally Wade
The funny man was notorious for using profanities in his stand-up sets, but his adorable nickname for wife Sally is the closest he gets to any rude language while explaining the monumental size of his love for her.
"Sallyburger, If you took the number of sub-atomic particles in the universe and multiplied that number times itself that many times; and then added the total number of micro-seconds since the beginning of time, times itself; and then added 803 — you would still have only the tiniest fraction of a billion-billionth percent of the amount of love I have for you. Love, your candle partner, the romantic Mr. Carlin, your eternal flame."
From Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan
The former president and first lady were always the picture of marital bliss, but this letter marking their 20th wedding anniversary while Ronald was still in office as the Governor of California shows off how charming the "Great Communicator" was when it came to wooing his wife.
"My Darling Wife, This note is to warn you of a diabolical plot entered into by some of our so called friends — (ha!) calendar makers and even our own children. These and others would have you believe we've been married 20 years. 20 minutes maybe — but never 20 years. In the first place it is a known fact that a human cannot sustain the high level of happiness I feel for more than a few minutes — and my happiness keeps increasing. I will confess to one puzzlement but I'm sure it is just some trick perpetrated by our friends — (ha again!) I can't remember ever being without you and I know I was born more than 20 minutes ago. Oh well — that isn't important. The important thing is I don't want to be without you for the next 20 years, or 40, or however many there are. I've gotten very used to being happy and I love you very much indeed. Your husband of 20 something or other."
From Elizabeth Taylor to Richard Burton
There's no denying that there was plenty of passion between this pair of performers on screen, stage, and in real life. Elizabeth wrote this letter on their 10th wedding anniversary, just before the couple's (first) divorce in 1974. The combination of love and anger speaks volumes to how complicated this couple's romance was.
"My darling (my still) My husband, I wish I could tell you of my love for you, of my fear, my delight, my pure animal pleasure of you — (with you) — my jealousy, my pride, my anger at you, at times. Most of all my love for you, and whatever love you can dole out to me — I wish I could write about it but I can’t. I can only 'boil and bubble' inside and hope you understand how I really feel. Anyway I lust thee, Your (still) Wife."
Elizabeth added two postscripts before sending: "P.S. O’Love, let us never take each other for granted again! P.P.S. How about that — 10 years!!"