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May 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The lawyer for runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks is in discussions with the city of Duluth on how to reimburse the town for the thousands of dollars spent searching for her when she bolted days before her wedding. "While I am not certain Jennifer has a legal obligation to reimburse the city, she wants to do something to make amends," attorney Lydia Sartain said in a statement.
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January 2, 2013 | By Susan Denley
A lot happened while we were ringing in the new year over the last few days. On Saturday, Kanye West announced during a concert that he and Kim Kardashian are expecting a child, and she later blogged of her joy. No marriage is pending, however, because she is still finalizing her divorce from Kris Humphries. [People] On New Year's Eve, the happy couple appeared together at a party in Las Vegas and Kim showed off her new little baby bump in a form-fitting, peekaboo, black lace Julien Macdonald evening gown.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has struck a deal for a TV project about her misadventures. ReganMedia, which publishes books and produces TV shows and movies, said Thursday that it had acquired all media rights to the stories of Wilbanks and her fiance, John Mason. The New York company did not say whether any money had changed hands.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris made it to the vows this time around, getting married on New Year's Eve in a small ceremony at the Playboy Mansion. Hef, 86, announced the news via Twitter on Monday, saying, "Crystal & I married on New Year's Eve in the Mansion with Keith as my Best Man. Love that girl!" Keith Hefner, 83, is Hugh's younger brother.  The Playboy founder followed up on Tuesday, tweeting, "Happy New Year from Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hefner!" with an accompanying picture of him in his trademark pajamas with the bride, 26, still in her pink mermaid-style gown.  The couple were wed in front of a simple floral arch at the mansion.
NATIONAL
June 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has agreed to give $13,250 to the city of Duluth to help pay for the cost of searching for her, Mayor Shirley Lasseter said. In accepting the agreement, the city will have to write off about $30,000 in other costs in the search for Wilbanks, who disappeared April 26, four days before her planned wedding.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The "runaway bride" who took off days before her lavish wedding in 2005 is suing her former fiance for $500,000, claiming he defrauded her out of her share of their assets. Jennifer Wilbanks is seeking $250,000 as her share of a home she says John C. Mason purchased with $500,000 they received for selling their story to Regan Media in New York. She also wants $250,000 in punitive damages for alleged abuse of the power of attorney she granted to Mason to handle their financial affairs.
NATIONAL
May 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
On what was to be her wedding day, Jennifer Wilbanks wore not a white veil but an orange towel over her head to prevent the media from taking her picture. Instead of being led down the aisle by her father, she was led by police to an airplane that flew the runaway bride home. Now officials say the 32-year-old woman's cold feet may have gotten her in hot water. On Sunday, Gwinnett County Dist. Atty.
NATIONAL
June 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Wearing her engagement ring and walking at her fiance's side, Jennifer Wilbanks made it to the courthouse on time Thursday. But she wasn't there to say "I do." Instead, the 32-year-old bride-to-be who skipped town before her wedding day tearfully pleaded no contest to faking her own abduction. "I'm truly sorry for my actions and I just want to thank Gwinnett County and the city of Duluth," Wilbanks said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 1999 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
You've got to kiss a lot of frogs, contemporary T-shirts insist, to come up with a prince, and anyone eager to see Julia Roberts kissing Richard Gere in "Runaway Bride" will also leave with a bad taste in their mouths. Ever since "Pretty Woman" topped out as the highest-grossing film of 1990, Hollywood has been desperate to re-team co-stars Roberts and Gere with that film's genial director, Garry Marshall.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has checked herself into an inpatient medical treatment program to deal with "physical and mental issues" that drove her to skip town just days before her wedding, a spokesman for her family's church said Tuesday. The news about the treatment came as more details about Wilbanks' previous brushes with the law emerged.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Crystal Harris was flaunting her new engagement ring - the second she's received from one Hugh Hefner in two years - Tuesday on Twitter. With the caption "My beautiful ring from @hughhefner," Harris posted a montage of the new dazzler, shown above, which is similar but not identical to the one she accepted in December 2010 and then auctioned off in October 2011 after she decided to walk away only days before their planned June wedding....
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris are reportedly headed down the aisle once again - though technically they'd be hitting it for the first time, after she pulled the runaway-bride thing on him five days before their planned wedding in June 2011. The 86-year-old and the 26-year-old are allegedly engaged again and aiming to say their vows on New Year's Eve, sources told TMZ over the weekend. Apparently time apart from Hef taught Harris to be more independent, something she thought she needed, the sources said.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Songwriter Allan Dennis Rich has listed a condominium in the Hancock Park area at $699,000. Described as "New York Central Park" in style, the contemporary open-plan unit is in a 1960s postmodern complex. The designer-decorated one-story unit features a frosted-glass retractable wall, high ceilings, espresso-finish hardwood floors, a terrace, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and more than 1,900 square feet of interior space. Rich has worked on film soundtracks including "The Other Guys" (2010)
NATIONAL
October 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The "runaway bride" who took off days before her lavish wedding in 2005 is suing her former fiance for $500,000, claiming he defrauded her out of her share of their assets. Jennifer Wilbanks is seeking $250,000 as her share of a home she says John C. Mason purchased with $500,000 they received for selling their story to Regan Media in New York. She also wants $250,000 in punitive damages for alleged abuse of the power of attorney she granted to Mason to handle their financial affairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Margaret Cho has a big, filthy mouth and she's not afraid to use it. If this doesn't strike you as courageous, then you haven't heard the joke she tells about Laura and Barbara Bush in her new stand-up comedy film, "Assassin." The joke is crude and outrageously impious, and it makes the audience scream with laughter. When the choking dies down, the 36-year-old comedian smiles sweetly and shrugs, "I'm probably going to get shot. So enjoy it while you can."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has struck a deal for a TV project about her misadventures. ReganMedia, which publishes books and produces TV shows and movies, said Thursday that it had acquired all media rights to the stories of Wilbanks and her fiance, John Mason. The New York company did not say whether any money had changed hands.
NATIONAL
May 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks apologized Thursday for disappearing before her wedding day, and insisted cryptically that her flight was prompted not by cold feet but by "a host of compelling issues, which seemed out of control." Wilbanks, whose three-day disappearance led to a nationwide search, initially told investigators she had been abducted by a Latino man and a white woman with a handgun, a story that quickly unraveled.
NATIONAL
May 26, 2005 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Jennifer Wilbanks, Georgia's runaway bride, was indicted Wednesday on charges of making false statements to police and could face a maximum sentence of six years in prison. Wilbanks, 32, triggered a nationwide search when she vanished April 26, four days before her extravagant wedding was to take place. She surfaced in Albuquerque on what would have been her wedding day, initially telling investigators that she had been abducted and sexually assaulted.
NATIONAL
June 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Wearing her engagement ring and walking at her fiance's side, Jennifer Wilbanks made it to the courthouse on time Thursday. But she wasn't there to say "I do." Instead, the 32-year-old bride-to-be who skipped town before her wedding day tearfully pleaded no contest to faking her own abduction. "I'm truly sorry for my actions and I just want to thank Gwinnett County and the city of Duluth," Wilbanks said.
NATIONAL
June 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has agreed to give $13,250 to the city of Duluth to help pay for the cost of searching for her, Mayor Shirley Lasseter said. In accepting the agreement, the city will have to write off about $30,000 in other costs in the search for Wilbanks, who disappeared April 26, four days before her planned wedding.
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