Cary Elwes' Parents Had A More Fantastical Love Story Than The Princess Bride
Carey Elwes has an origin story that makes Westley and Buttercup's journey look like a low-key afternoon courthouse marriage. Carey's father, Dominic Elwes, supported himself as a "society portrait painter" -- a profession about as lucrative then as it is now -- and had mostly run out of money by the mid 1950s. His mother, Tessa Kennedy, was a wealthy socialite, and when Dominic "swept [her] off her feet" at a party at the Spanish Embassy, her parents took out a restraining order and forbid their daughter from marrying him anywhere in England.
Hounded by the press, the couple fled to Scotland to get married, but were denied by the court, so they turned to one of Dominic's influential acquaintances: a famous mobster in Cuba. They flew to Cuba and finally got married in an extravagant event at the Havana Riviera, with a guest list that included Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ernest Hemingway, and a bunch of American gangsters. But no wedding is complete without a few little mishaps for the couple to laugh about years later, and this was no exception. The celebration was cut short by the Cuban Revolution, and the couple had to flee the country on a raft with a pair of National Geographic journalists. At least it didn't rain!
The couple then went to New York to get married again (in case the Cuban Rush-Job didn't count). And to prove once and for all that no legally binding restraining order can contain TRUE love, they returned to England as husband and wife. Whereupon Dominic was immediately pulled away from Tessa and arrested. But when he got out of jail, they were allowed to remain married, and they later had three children, including the Dread Pirate Roberts himself.
20th Century FoxWhich we refuse to believe didn't involve a lot of "As you wish"ing.
The story didn't have a fairy tale ending, though. They divorced eight years later, and six years after that, Dominic committed suicide after being ostracized by his peers for apparently refusing to participate in the cover-up of a murder allegedly committed by his childhood friend, Lord "Lucky" Lucan. Basically, every movie Elwes would end up starring in was markedly less scattershot than the series of events that birthed him. Oh, and he's descended from the possible real-life Ebenezer Scrooge, for good measure.
Glenn Close's Father Gave Her To A Cult So He Could Work For A Dictator
When Glenn Close was 13, her father William dropped her and her three siblings off at the headquarters of "The Moral Re-Armament," a militant religious group that banned all sexual thought and was led by a huge fan of Hitler. The kids lived for years at the cult's hotel in Switzerland, the "Mountain House," and co-founded '60s singing group Up With People to spread the MRA's cool "desire is unnatural" message. This led to her arranged marriage with the band's guitarist.