08 Jul 2021
As far as film festivals go, you can’t get more
romantique than the Cannes Film Festival. Over the festival’s 74-year run, the Côte d’Azur has served as a backdrop for coupled-up cineastes in oversize sunglasses and glorious Hermès head scarves. To celebrate its 74th year, Vogue is looking back at some of the most glamorous couples to appear at Cannes—from Yoko Ono and John Lennon, to Johnny Depp and Kate Moss.
An early standout celebrity couple moment at the festival was in 1955, when Grace Kelly—before she became the Princess of Monaco—attended Cannes with French film star Jean Pierre Aumont per her side. In a classic tux and a black gown with a fur cape-shawl, they looked the part of an elegant, Old Hollywood duo. A groovier moment happened in 1977, when Charlotte Rampling and Jean Michel Jarre hit Cannes together wearing his-and-hers suits—each with with flared pants, of course.
More recently, who can forget when George and Amal Clooney hit the carpet in Cannes in 2016. George Clooney may have been the one in town to promote his new film
Money Monster, but it was his wife—wearing a yellow, Grecian-inspired Versace gown—that stole the show. In 2019, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas also commanded the paparazzi in modern, all-white looks: Chopra wore strapless, sculptural Georges Hobeika gown, while Jonas did a sleek Berluti suit. While all these couple style moments are vast and varied, one thing remains true about the Cannes carpet: Two is always better than one.
Below, 20 glamorous couples who have graced the Cannes Film Festival.
Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim. While she’d go on to have four husbands, Brigitte Bardot’s very first was French screenwriter Roger Vadim. He directed the Nouvelle Vague muse in . . . And God Created Woman in 1956. They pair divorced after five years of marriage in 1957. Photo: Sipa via AP Images
Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd. Mike Todd was Elizabeth Taylor’s third marriage—the only one out of her seven that didn’t end in divorce—ending just after a year. In 1958, Todd’s private plane "Lucky Liz" (ostensibly named after his wife) crashed near Grants, New Mexico. Taylor called Todd one of the greatest loves of her life, next to Richard Burton and fine jewelry. Photo: RDA/Archive France/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. After starring in her first movie, To Have and Have Not alongside Humphrey Bogart in 1944, the two legendary actors wed the following year. The pair remained married until Bogart’s death in 1957. Photo: AP Photo
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. If ever there were an award for the longest relationship in Hollywood, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward would win by a landslide. Not only were the pair married for 50 years, they also starred in ten feature films together. Photo: AP Photo
Grace Kelly and Jean-Pierre Aumont. Before she was Princess of Monaco, she had a brief fling with the French actor and military hero Jean-Pierre Aumont. Photo: RDA/Getty Images
Romy Schneider and Alain Delon. The two of the biggest international screen actors—Delon was apparently called the "male Brigitte Bardot"—met in 1958 and became engaged. The pair made six films together before they ended their engagement in 1963. Photo: Sipa via AP Images
Yoko Ono and John Lennon. The famous arty pair married in 1969 and stayed together until Lennon’s death in 1980. Photo: AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. You can’t get more quintessential Cannes than Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. The French artists met on the set of Slogan in 1968 and continued dating and working together for thirteen years. In 1969, they released an eponymous album, which included the worldwide hit “Je t’aime . . . moi non plus.” Their daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, was born in 1971; the couple ended up separating in 1980. Photo: Giribaldi / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Charlotte Rampling and Jean-Michel Jarre. The English rose married the French composer in 1978. After more than 20 years of marriage the pair divorced in 2002. Photo: Sipa via AP Images
Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Princess Diana and Prince Charles attended the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. The Princess of Wales wore a strapless pale blue silk chiffon dress designed by Catherine Walker. Photo: John Van Hasselt / Sygma / Corbis
Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones singer married the Texan beauty in 1990. They had four children together—including model Georgia May Jagger—and eventually divorced in 2002. Photo: Pool Benainous / Reglain / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. After being together for over a decade, these two screen stalwarts called it quits in 2000. Photo: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere
Kate Moss and Johnny Depp. No amount of jean jackets or unwashed hair could keep these two fashion darlings together. The pair split after dating for years in the mid-nineties; Moss told Vanity Fair in 2010 that the breakup caused her “ years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!” Photo: SGranitz/WireImage
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. The couple first met in 2010 while filming Green Lantern, but only became an item in 2011. They wed in 2012 and now share three children together (all girls). Here, they attended Cannes in 2014. Photo: Getty Images
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault. The couple, pictured here at Cannes in 2015, is a regular fixture on the red carpet. They first met in 2006 and wed in 2009. Photo: Getty Images
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. The couple met back in 1992, married in 2010, and have been together ever since. Here, the couple pose at the 2018 Cannes festival; Cruz wears a vintage Chanel dress. Photo: Getty Images
George and Amal Clooney. Amal Clooney has been winning the red carpet style race for a while now, and the style icon predictably pulled out all the stops for her big Cannes debut in 2016. George Clooney may have been the one with the new film, but it was his wife, wearing a Grecian-inspired Atelier Versace dress, who stole the show. Photo: Getty Images
Vincent Cassel and Tina Kunakey. The duo met in 2015, married in 2018, and welcomed their first child together in 2019. Here, they struck an elegant note together at Cannes in 2018. Photo: Getty Images
Elton John and David Furnish. The couple met back in 1993, and tied the knot later in 2014. Here, at the 2019 Cannes festival, they looked dapper in complementary tuxedos while promoting Rocketman, the movie-biopic about John's life. Photo: Getty Images
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. This megawatt couple wed in 2018, and they have brought their polished couple style to many red carpets since. At the 2019 Cannes festival, the paparazzi went wild for their all-white looks: Chopra wore a Georges Hobeika gown, while Jonas wore Berluti. Photo: Getty Images