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Nancy Hughes poses at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest. Photo Courtesy Robin Subar Photography
Alan P. Henry, Freelance Reporter
8:17 am CDT October 5, 2019

Theirs was a love that would last a lifetime.

Nancy Ludwig, the popular, pretty blonde senior at Glenbrook North High School, loved music. So did classmate John Hughes, who would later create the iconic coming-of-age teen comedy films that dominated the 1980s. They met in 1967 while painting homecoming murals. And kaboom! That was that.

Three years later, “they did something very countercultural: they got married and settled down,” wrote the author of a 2010 Vanity Fair profile of Hughes.

“When you know a little bit about John’s history with Nancy…he was a penguin that mated for life,” recalled Matthew Broderick, longtime friend and star of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in the article.

“And so was Ferris,” he added.

Nancy Hughes died Sept. 15, 2019 at age 68. John died in 2009, just short of their 40th anniversary. But during those years, oh what a life they lived.

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