James Stewart and Gloria McLean

James Stewart and his wife Gloria Hatrick McLean

James Stewart and Gloria Hatrick McLean are like a true treasure: genuine and rare. The Oscar-winning Hollywood actor whose name appeared in such titles as The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, and Vertigo chose a former model Gloria Hatrick McLean to be his wife.

When James Stewart first met his future wife, he already was the icon of Hollywood's Golden Age and had the Academy Award for his performance in The Philadelphia Story. Gloria, on the other hand, was a 31-year-old former model with two sons from her previous marriage. But she was smart, intelligent, and beautiful, and it was enough to steal the legendary actor's heart.

They tied the knot in 1949, nearly a year after they met. James even adopted Gloria's sons Ronald and Michael. And just two years later, Gloria gave birth to their twin girls – Kelly and Judy. The love of James and Gloria Stewart was indeed live-long: the couple shared 45 incredible years together.