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Monday, 17 July 2017 15:32

Martin Landau's Epic Love with Mission: Impossible Costar Barbara Bain: Inside Their 36-Year Romance

Written by  Ale Russian

Martin Landau and Barbara Bain had a love meant for the screen.

Oscar winner Landau, who died Saturday at at age 89 after a brief illness, rose through the ranks in Hollywood alongside his Mission: Impossible costar Bain, as their marriage spanned 36 years and two children before they divorced in 1993.

Their romance got off to an unlikely start when Bain showed up to one of Landau’s classes at the Actors Studio in New York.

“I thought she was an empty-headed model, a magazine cover wired for sound,” he told PEOPLE back in 1976 of his first impression of Bain. “I had hair down to my shoulders, a beard and mustache. I was crude and rude.”

Bain, now 85, agreed. “He was dressed from head to toe in black and was very sinister. I thought he was arrogant, stupid—and all the things he isn’t.”

Still, the two met again at a party a few weeks later and argued all night — before heading home together in the early hours of the morning. “Then we walked down Park Avenue,” Bain recalled, “and Martin said something so ridiculous that we fell down in the street, laughing.”

The couple married in 1957 and, from there, started a partnership that saw them both rise to fame.

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