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Pam and Tommy

Between A Very British Scandal and American Crime Story (and many more), it seems like every garish episode in recent history will be retold in a multi-part drama. Now comes to Disney+ the 90s moment when a graphic home video of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee was stolen – kicking off the weird sex tape era of pop culture. Lily James and Sebastian Stan star as the happy, unsuspecting couple.

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Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson are played by Sebastian Stan and Lily James… Photograph: Getty Images

Dom & Lily

James, seen last year in the WWII romantic drama The Dig (Netflix), was embroiled in her own minor scandal in 2020 when paparazzi snaps emerged showing her enjoying a intimate scooter ride in Rome with her married The Pursuit of Love (iPlayer) co-star Dominic West. It all led to the bizarre moment when West and his wife posed for reunited photographers with a handwritten note declaring “our marriage is strong.”

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…who was rumored to be getting close to Dominic West, leading him and his wife, Catherine FitzGerald, to declare ‘our marriage is strong’… Photograph: Getty Images

Burton & Taylor

While West’s finest hour surely remains as McNulty on The Wire, he’s had many other notable roles, including opposite Helena Bonham Carter on Burton and Taylor. (BritBox), revisiting the rowdy couple’s final performances together in a 1983 production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives.

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… West played Richard Burton against Helena Bonham Carter’s Elizabeth Taylor… Photography: Gustavo Papaleo/The Guardian

Merrick and Kendal

Kate Burton, Richard’s daughter from his first marriage, is also an accomplished actress. She will soon appear in Netflix’s Inventing Anna, a series about New York con artist Anna Delvey. In 2002, she landed a Tony Award nomination for her role as Mrs. Kendal opposite Billy Crudup. in a Broadway revival of The Elephant Man. A 2014 Broadway production that made its way to the West End saw Bradley Cooper take on the difficult role of Joseph Merrick.

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…Burton’s daughter Kate starred with Billy Crudup in The Elephant Man in 2002… Photograph: Getty Images

Heather and Tommy

Around 2006, Burnt’s Bradley Cooper was briefly married to Jennifer Esposito, who in the late 90s starred in the popular political sitcom Spin City. Among its cast was Heather Locklear, one of the biggest TV stars of the 80s and 90s. And long before the Pam & Tommy passion, she was married to the Mötley Crüe star. All is fair in love and heavy metal drumming.

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…a role played in 2014 by Bradley Cooper, whose ex-wife Jennifer Esposito starred in Spin City with Heather Locklear, once married to Tommy Lee. Photograph: Getty Images
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Pairing Notes

look Craig Gillespie, the Australian director behind the series, is best known for his comedic account of another modern scandal in I, Tonya.

To eat During the Romano di Dom e Lily scandal, the couple were seen at Ristorante Da Sabatino, a traditional spot close to the Pantheon. Three and a half stars on TripAdvisor. Try the mushroom fettuccine!

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