In 1973, a 22-year-old Huston accompanied her friend to a party at Nicholson’s house. She fell in love at first sight when he opened the door and spent the night with him. Only until a few days later that Nicholson called her back, but then their date was canceled because of a previous obligation. This set a tone for their sixteen-year brutal romance: Nicholson had his affairs while Huston suffered and held out hope in silence. Their turbulent relationship came to an end the day Huston learned that he had fathered a child with a younger woman.
Take a look through 19 vintage photographs of the couple during the 1970s and 1980s: