Although the Loving case was a historic civil rights decision as it struck down laws banning interracial marriage, there have been many, varied interracial marriages throughout history.
Joseph Laroche, 26, a Haitian-born, French-educated engineer who was moving back to Haiti because he could not find work in his profession in France because of racial prejudice. The family was meant to travel via first-class on the French ocean liner France. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Laroches discovered that the ship wouldn’t allow them to dine with their children. They traded their first class tickets for second class tickets about the Titanic.
Due to the protocol of “women and children first” Mr. Laroche separated from his family and went down with the ship.
Pearl Bailey, a Black American actress and singer known for vaudeville and for the title role in the all-Black production of “Hello, Dolly!” was married to Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni, who went by the stage name Louie Bellson. He was a composer, arranger, bandleader and jazz drummer.
Davis was booed by many of the Southern delegates when he appeared at the 1960 Democratic Convention because of his engagement to May Britt, a Swedish-born actress. Because of his close association with Frank Sinatra, who in turn supported the John Kennedy in the presidential race, Davis was asked to postpone his wedding until after the election. Unfortunately, as a performer constantly on the road, he spent little time with his wife and they divorced in 1968. As a side fact, it is said that the one love of Davis’ life was actress Kim Novak. This relationship caused a mob contract to be put on Davis’ life, thus ending the relationship. (allegedly, of course)
Betty and Barney Hill were from New Hampshire, and claimed to have been ….abducted and probed by aliens. I first saw this story on Mysteries at the Museum and just had search these two out. They
seemed to be a perfectly ordinary couple, he a postal worker and she a social worker. Both were members of the NAACP. On their way back from a vacation in Southern Canada in 1961, they claimed their alien encounter. They wrote a book called “Interrupted Journey” and their experience was made into a movie starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons.
Diana Ross and Arne Naess, Jr. married in 1986 is Switzerland. She and her Nordic mountain-climbing beau had two sons before they divorced in 1999. Shortly after, Naess died in a mountain-clilmbing accident. Ross has claimed that Naess was the “love of her life.”
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I love these couples’ stories! I don’t know, there’s something so cool and inspiring seeing IR couples in the media and in stories. It’s such a beautiful thing and definitely shows that love knows no color.
I certainly would have liked to have seen the Laroche story in the Titanic movie.
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Felicia Reevers says
Thanks for a great “Loving Day” history lesson!
These are wonderful couples. Thank you
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