Alan Rickman and a 50-Year Fairytale

Alan Rickman and a 50-Year Fairytale


The Mirror reported that Alan Rickman has a lifetime long love story that is more heartwarming than the movie scripts he has read. Rickman met Rima Horton in 1965; he was 19 and she was 18. They met at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. This is where they fell in love. In 1977, they got a place together in London and lived there as a couple until he passed away, Jan.14, 2016.

Rickman started out as a graphic designer. He had three years of training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and continued on as a star of screen and stage for four decades. His career boost came from his role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He often referred to Rima as “tolerant” because she handled his long hours of filming with class and a smile, stated Rickman.

They had been together 50 years. According to the Mirror, the couple was secretly married in 2012, but he was so busy on the set, no one knew for three years. When Rickman told reporters they had gotten married, he also said that no one was there, so it was great. After they were married they had lunch across the Brooklyn Bridge. According to the Mirror, he laughed a little and told reporters he bought Rima a $200 ring and she does not wear it. Rima did not want a large ring, so he purchased a band for her. He also made the statement that relationships should have their own rules. He was referring to his long hours on the set, filming on location, and Rima’s patience.

Some fans have speculated that the British actor married his teenage sweetheart due to his cancer diagnoses. Rickman did not reveal when he was diagnosed so no one can be sure, but Rima. However, as reported by the Huffington Post, it was evident that the couple loved each other. Regardless of why they married or when they did, life for them was as it should be.

According to the Huffington Post, Rickman has been honest about his relationship with Rima. In 1992, he told Elle that their personal affairs were as complicated and messy as other couples’ and they have gone through many changes along the way. Rickman stated that what is important is that they respect each other. They could both be in a room reading and enjoying the quiet. Then Rima would read something aloud and they would laugh together.

Although Rickman believed they would have made good parents, Rima did not have a desire to bear children. So, her request was honored because he loved her, he told a reporter in 1998.

Rima was the Kingston, Chelsea, and London Borough Labour Party councilor from 1986 to 2006. She has also lectured on economics at Kingston University.

When Rickman died, the public was informed he was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away in the hospital. No one has disclosed what type of cancer he had or when he received the diagnoses. However, his father also died due to cancer when Rickman was eight years old.

When J.K. Rowling expressed her condolences she added, “We have all lost a great talent. They [the family] have lost part of their hearts.”

According to The New Yorker, Rickman was classically trained. He was in the Royal Shakespeare Company. His name became known from theatrical productions, such as Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In 1985, he starred in this play in London and on Broadway in 1987.

He has played a litany of memorable characters: Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and Hans Gruber, the villain from Die Hard. Other movies to watch with Rickman include, Truly, Madly, Deeply, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sense and Sensibility, Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Love Actually, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Chaos.

By Jeanette Smith


Mirror Online: Alan Rickman’s real life love story after he married his childhood sweetheart and partner of 50 years
The New Yorker: The Unforgettable Villainy of Alan Rickman in “Die Hard”
USA Today: 10 Alan Rickman movies to watch besides ‘Harry Potter’
Huffington Post: Alan Rickman And Wife Rima Horton Had A 50-Year Love Story
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