Walt Disney, Mark Zuckerberg, Hugh Hefner rank among YourTango.com’s 50 Most Influential People in Love

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YourTango names the 50 most influential people in love.

Love transcends all, and when it comes to matters of the heart there are a lot of people who deserve recognition. Which is why YourTango—the digital leader in love and relationships—has compiled a list of the 50 Most Influential People in Love.

Spanning across eras, the list recognizes those from the past and present who impact both the concept of love—the way people understand and think about romance—and the practice of love—the actions people take to find, pursue, and keep it.

“From film and fashion to technology and television, love impacts every area of our lives. So it only makes sense that people from all walks of life affect the way we think about romance and express love," said Andrea Miller, founder and CEO, YourTango.com. “The luminaries on YourTango.com’s list of 50 Most Influential People in Love have had an indelible impact on romance, both directly and incidentally. They are responsible for heartbreaks and happy endings across the globe.”

Among the 50 Most Influential People in Love:

  •     Lovers: John Lennon & Yoko Ono. These musical icons of love showed the world how to combine marriage, activism and art. They are an example of marriage as constant devotion and spiritual unity, and how love is able to transform lives--for better and for worse.
  •     History: Eleanor of Aquitaine. The Queen of France and England in the High Middle Ages. Some scholars trace the modern concept of romance to Eleanor's medieval "Court of Love," in which men competed for the attentions of women.
  •     Law: Mildred Loving. The wife in Loving vs. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court case that ended the ban on interracial marriage; today one in seven marriages are interethnic or interracial, compared with less than one in fifty of total marriages in 1970.
  •     Romance: Walt Disney. Founder of The Walt Disney Company, which produced countless children’s movies framed around fairy-tale romances. For over 70 years, his stories have been giving little girls worldwide the belief that they will one day find their own Prince Charming and live happily ever after.
  •     TV: Darren Star. Creator of the "Sex and the City" TV show, which received over 50 Emmy nominations, 24 Golden Globe nominations, spawned two movies, a New York City tour, and shaped a generation of women's views on dating, sex, and marriage.
  •     Sex: Hugh Hefner. Creator of Playboy, which perpetuated a certain ideal of sex and femininity and the widespread sexual objectification of women, which most women seek to escape, His work also had the effect of making pornography more mainstream.
  •     Art: Robert Doisneau. Photographer famous for 1950s "Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville)"; this iconic image of two lovers embracing in the streets of post-war Paris continues to fuel the overpowering, sweep-me-off-my-feet fantasy of love that so many women dream about.
  •     Film: Nora Ephron. "When Harry Met Sally" is just one of the innumerable influential romantic comedies written, directed or produced by Ephron. Who can forget that diner scene?
  •     Technology: Mark Zuckerberg. Founder of Facebook, which forever changed the way lovers and daters flirt, hook up, and break up; 66% of divorce lawyers say Facebook is their primary source of online evidence in their cases.
  •     Fashion: Roger Vivier. Inventor of the stiletto. Where would bombshells be without their heels?
  •     Restaurant: Howard Schultz. Founder of Starbucks and facilitator of the coffee date; with 17,009 stores in 50 countries any first date can now be a polite 30-minute chat over cappuccino instead of an interminable 3-hour ordeal over dinner.

The full list can be found at http://www.yourtango.com/influentialinlove

About YourTango
YourTango is the leading lifestyle brand focused on love & relationships. With a mission to help users live their best love lives, YourTango provides award-winning content, community, tools, and connections to relationships experts.

YourTango caters to women in all lovestages: single, taken, engaged, married, starting over & complicated. Whether you are in a relationship, looking for love, or mending a broken heart, we invite you to join the conversation wherever you are: YourTango.com, twitter.com/yourtango, youtube.com/yourtango or http://www.bit.ly/YourTangoFacebook.

YourTango is the property of Tango Media, a private company based in New York City.

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