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July 8, 1997 | JERRY HICKS
This county is loaded with citizenry ready to do for others. People who help their neighbors, run marathons for worthy causes, shell out to send youngsters to camp. But here's a new one for you: An elected government official who will work on his off days for free. He will officiate at your wedding and ask that you write out a check for his fee--$150--directly to some type of worthwhile, nonprofit youth program here in Orange County.
March 18, 1990 | Kevin Thomas
In this hilarious and stylish 1988 Jonathan Demme comedy, Mafia widow Michelle Pfeiffer finds herself on the run, pursued by Dean Stockwell's lecherous don and aided, more or less, by Matthew Modine's sweetly square FBI agent. Sunday 5 p.m. TMC The Postman Always Rings Twice This is the steamy, guilt-ridden 1946 Tay Garnett version with Lana Turner, always in white, most memorably in a two-piece bathing suit, and John Garfield. Wednesday 10 a.m.
You might well wonder what Julia Roberts, Shannen Doherty, Drew Barrymore, Bette Midler and a 42-year-old Chicago psychologist named Kate Wachs have in common. As it turns out, all married impulsively. Quickly--and in major defiance of every mom's maxim: Gee, honey, maybe you should get to know this person you're about to marry before you actually get married. Barrymore's marriage to tavern owner Jeremy Thomas lasted about a month.
July 17, 2008 | Bruce Catania, Special to The Times
Last weekend I went to a wedding. It was an extremely tasteful event -- a magical outdoor setting, the priest eloquent and charming, vows resonating beyond standard wedding fare. The bride wore off-white and looked very beautiful, as all brides do. Oh, and she was my ex-wife. I don't know how common it is for an ex-husband to attend his ex-wife's wedding, but I'm guessing the answer is "not very."
November 21, 2006 | Victor S. Navasky, VICTOR S. NAVASKY, the longtime editor and publisher of the Nation, is now chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review. His latest book is "A Matter of Opinion."
WHEN I TELL people that a few weeks ago I married my daughter, they look at me sort of funny. When I clarify that what I mean is that I officiated at my daughter's wedding ceremony -- and, to make it legal, was ordained over the Internet -- they look at me as if I'm some kind of nut. When I explain that as an O.C.P.
August 25, 1999
Mirna Frangie, 29, and James Eric Harper, 24, took the plunge and got married in an underwater ceremony Tuesday. A student at the College of Oceaneering and an avid scuba diver, Harper said his vows in a saturation diving bell--a pressurized vehicle used for deep sea dives--40 feet below the surface off the coast of Wilmington. Conveniently, the diving bell holds only two people. The Rev. Art Bartlett conducted the ceremony topside, communicating via radio.
October 9, 2008 | Kenneth Turan
Much to the surprise of its most ardent supporters, and likely even to its creators, "Rachel Getting Married" was the hottest film in America last weekend, averaging more than $30,000 per theater. This is a tribute to Jonathan Demme's return to his independent film roots, to a powerful screenwriting debut for Jenny Lumet, and to a career-changing performance by Anne Hathaway as an ultra-troubled young woman set loose from rehab for her sister's wedding.
April 18, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer married for the fourth time in a quiet ceremony in Frankfurt, city officials said. Voted Germany's most popular politician in a recent survey, Fischer, 51, married Nicola Leske, a 29-year-old journalism student.
August 22, 2001
Re "Church Settles Suit, Toughens Policies," Aug. 21: Instead of creating programs for victims who are sexually molested, maybe the Catholic Church should consider changing its guidelines on priesthood to allow priests and nuns to get married. I think that would resolve the problem of sexual molestation. Adrianna D. Mendez Buena Park
March 16, 1998
Re "Don't Penalize--or Sub- sidize--Marriage," Commentary, March 11: The marriage "penalty" in income tax is an illusion. The economics of our society is based on the couple. Hotels are routinely priced on a double occupancy basis. On cruises and travel packages, singles pay the "single supplement," which is a euphemism for "singles pay double." As everyone says these days, "You need two incomes to live middle class." If, as a single person, I want to buy a house, I buy for two--I pay the whole mortgage.
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