1948 - February 4, 2005 (his death)
Duration: 57 years
How you know them: Acclaimed actors and civil right activists, Davis and Dee appeared in dozens of films and stage productions throughout their extensive careers. They were particular favorites of director Spike Lee, who cast them in Do The Right Thing (1989) and Jungle Fever (1991).
How they met: In 1946, Davis starred in a play called Jeb in New York City; Dee was an understudy for another role. They wed two years later, and had three children, Guy, Nora, and Hasna, during their long union.
Dee passed on June 11, 2014. Her plan was to be cremated and have her ashes placed in an urn with her husband’s, inscribed, “In this thing together.” For more on their decades-spanning love, check out this wonderful slideshow at Essence