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Lewis and Joy Gresham entered into a civil marriage in April of 1956 so that Joy could stay in England (she would have a British husband) but they lived apart. In March 1957 they were married by a clergyman at Joy's bedside in the hospital and this, in their minds, the start of their real marriage. Joy died from cancer in July of 1960.

The movie "Shadowlands" with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger tells the story of their love and marriage in a very appealing visual format.

You can also learn more details at my podcast on their marriage at the link below.

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C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham met through correspondence when Gresham wrote to Lewis as a fan of his work. Their friendship quickly developed and eventually led to a romantic relationship and marriage.

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