Famous Weddings & Divorces on February 2

Famous Weddings

John I of Portugal

1387 King John I of Portugal (29) marries Philippa of Lancaster (26), daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, in Porto, consolidating an Anglo-Portuguese Alliance that endures to the present day

Mark Twain

1870 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY

  • 1904 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey

Emilio G. Segrè

1936 Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy

Elizabeth Taylor

1957 English-American actress Elizabeth Taylor (24) marries for the 3rd time to American film producer Mike Todd (47), until his death in 1958

Rita Hayworth

1958 American "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (39) weds American film producer James Hill (42); divorce in 1961

Francis Ford Coppola

1963 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Gloria Swanson

1976 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)

O.J. Simpson

1985 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and felon O.J. Simpson marries second wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

  • 1990 Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Engl princess Alexandra) weds Paul Mowatt

Paula Abdul

1997 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Diane von Furstenberg

2001 Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg (54) weds media tycoon Barry Diller


2002 Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (34) weds Argentinean born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (30) at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nicolas Sarkozy

2008 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

  • 2008 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2010 Former glamour model Katie Price (32) weds MMA fighter and former "Hollyoaks" actor Alex Reid (34) at the chapel in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas