Monday, June 26, 2006

TV's 'Wyatt Earp' Marries for First Time

"Eighty-one-year-old actor Hugh O'Brian married for the first time at a cemetery in what the couple described as 'a wedding to die for.'

'This is my first, and most definitely, my last trip down the aisle,' O'Brian said in a statement announcing his marriage Sunday afternoon to his girlfriend of 18 years, teacher Virginia Barber, 54, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

It was the bride's second marriage.

Some 300 guests - including John Wayne and Pope John Paul lookalikes - witnessed the ceremony at the graveyard's Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection, publicist Monique Moss said Monday.

The Rev. Robert Schuller of Orange County's Crystal Cathedral officiated and the couple was serenaded by close friend Debbie Reynolds. Dubbed 'A Wedding to Die For,' the ceremony concluded with a cocktail reception.

O'Brian may be best known to baby boomers as television's tough Old West marshal from 1955 to 1961 on 'The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.'

Besides cleaning up the Tombstone Territory on TV, O'Brian appeared on dozens of shows over the years including 'The Love Boat,''Murder, She Wrote,''Fantasy island,''L.A. Law,''Charlie's Angeles,''Police Story,''Perry Mason' and 'General Electric Theater,' among many others."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:03 PM

    It is so unusual marrying at the age 81! Hugh O'Brian is not even of Irish origin. He is of Prussian (German) descent! Otto Bismarck (a Prussian) is rolling over his grave right now!