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Tears of joy for dynamic duos

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Tears of joy for dynamic duos

Sami Muirhead reminisces about some of the most memorable couplings as audiences mark milestones on the big and small screens.

Remember when Lenny and Scott were married on the soapie Neighbours and we all cried happy tears as Angry Anderson belted out the song Suddenly?

I sure do. I was one of two million Aussies who watched that wedding.

Twenty million watched it in the United Kingdom. The year was 1987 and I was a classic teenager from the ’80s with a bad perm and braces. I loved Rick Astley, The Bangles and Whitesnake.

I remember vividly my favourite outfit: a sky-blue taffeta bubble skirt, teamed with a crop top and a big, thick elastic black belt, topped off with leg warmers.

Oh ’80s fashion, you little devil!

So, last week, Kylie and Jason delighted me when they reunited in Ramsay Street for its swansong episode, wrapping up the soapie after 37 years of drama in Erinsborough.

For me Jason and Kylie (or their characters Charlene and Scott) were the most perfect couple on screen and off.

Then, they released Especially For You in 1988 and life could not get better for me.

In reality, of course, Kylie was lured by ‘bad boy’ Michael Hutchence, to slide to the wild side of rock’n’roll. Kylie left Jason and dated the INXS lead singer for two years. Who could blame the girl, really?

But ‘Lenny’ and Scott will always have a place as one of the most iconic duos on our screens. And speaking of classic duos, this year is the 30th anniversary since The Bodyguard movie was released. It has been three decades since Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner captured our hearts and then smashed them with that plot of the famous singer and the bodyguard falling in love but parting ways in the final scenes as I Will Always Love You is performed and us mere mortals melted in a pile of tears and snot in our movie chairs.

Another duo I just adore is in TV series Grace and Frankie, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the lead roles. The comedy savours female friendship in all its glory as well as showing us that sometimes life throws curve balls and all we can do is try to make lemonade out of lemons.

Here’s to our duos we love to see together on the big and little screen. Other classic pairings are Hans Solo and Princess Leia from Star Wars, Big and Carrie from Sex And The City, and Rachel and Ross from Friends. I do note, as well, that Kylie is still single. So, maybe she and Jason will end up growing old together after all.

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Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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