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Famous Weddings & Divorces on December 31

Famous Weddings

Maxwell Perkins

1910 Editor Maxwell Perkins (26) weds Louise Saunders at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey

Bette Davis

1940 Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

Rocky Marciano

1950 World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton, Massachusetts

Gregory Peck

1955 Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)

Tony La Russa

1973 MLB executive Tony La Russa (29) weds Elaine Coker

Michael Crichton

1978 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (36) weds lawyer Kathleen St. Johns

Jerry Garcia

1981 Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia (38) weds Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams (35); divorce in 1994

  • 1989 Actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever) weds Joe Petruzzi
  • 1992 WCBS TV news anchor Carol Martin weds Joe Terry

Wedding of Interest

1992 MLB Outfielder David Justice (26) weds actress Halle Berry (26) in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1993 Loveboat actress Jill Whelan (27) weds Brad St John (33)

Wayne Brady

1993 Actor and host Wayne Brady (21) weds Diana Lasso in Orlando

Wedding of Interest

1997 American rapper and actor "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland

Helen Mirren

1997 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (52) weds The Devil's Advocate director Taylor Hackford (53) at the Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands

Kate Hudson

2000 Actress Kate Hudson (21) weds Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (34) in Aspen, Colorado

  • 2001 Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Prince Rogers Nelson

2001 American singer Prince Rogers Nelson (43) weds Canadian businesswoman Manuela Testolini; divorce in 2006

  • 2002 Actress Rachel Griffiths (34) weds Australian artist Andrew Taylor (35) at Star of the Sea Chapel in Gardenvale, Australia

Daniel Johns

2003 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) at a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Australia

  • 2004 English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London
  • 2005 "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 2005 Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada
  • 2006 L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2006 Actor Robert Lindsay (57) weds actress and TV presenter Rosemarie Ford (44) at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club

Billie Piper

2007 Actress Billie Piper (25) marries fellow actor Laurence Fox (29)

  • 2008 Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois
  • 2010 NASCAR driver and team owner Kyle Busch (25) weds model Samantha Sarcinella at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago
  • 2011 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Hugh Hefner

2012 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (86) weds glamour model Crystal Harris (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles

Kaley Cuoco

2013 "The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco (28) weds professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting (26) at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California

Lily Tomlin

2013 Actress-comedian Lily Tomlin (74) weds screenwriter Jane Wagner (78) in Los Angeles, California

Alex Morgan

2014 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California

  • 2015 TV presenter Alex Jones (38) weds Charlie Thomson in a magical ceremony at Cardiff Castle