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Woody Allen marries Soon-Yi in Venice

December 24, 1997
Web posted at: 12:53 p.m. EST (1753 GMT)

VENICE, Italy (CNN) -- Ending a controversial years-long tryst, Woody Allen has married Soon-Yi Previn, who is 35 years younger than he and is the adopted daughter of his former lover, actress Mia Farrow.

Allen, 62, and Previn, 27, were married at the city-owned Palazzo Cavalli in Venice, Mayor Massimo Cacciari confirmed Wednesday. Cacciari, a longtime Allen acquaintance, conducted the ceremony in the wedding salon, a room set aside for civil weddings.

A few close friends and family members attended. Allen and Previn wore street clothes rather than wedding attire.

The pair was able to enter the Palazzo without fanfare, because the building has only one entrance -- on a canal accessible only by boat. Because non-Italians are not required to publish wedding announcements, there was no prior notice in Italy that Allen and Previn planned to marry.

Farrow and conductor Andre Previn, while on a trip to Korea, adopted Soon-Yi when she was about 8 years old.

Farrow later dated Allen for more than a decade and starred in many of his films. She discovered his relationship with her daughter after finding nude pictures of the girl, then 21, in Allen's apartment.

Woody Allen

The affair between Allen and Previn became fodder for the tabloids when it went public in 1992.

Farrow later filed for custody of Satchel -- Farrow and Allen's natural son -- and daughter Dylan, whom they adopted. Farrow accused Allen of fondling Dylan during the custody case. The Oscar-winning director was cleared of all charges, but was barred from visiting the children without a monitor. Farrow later changed the children's names.

Allen's spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, issued a statement saying: "Six years ago, Woody and Soon-Yi decided that one day they would come back to Venice and get married. That city is very meaningful to them. Over the past six years, they have weathered a lot together, and have always been very much in love."

Previn is to receive a master's degree in special education from Columbia University in the spring. Allen, the winner of three Oscars, released the movie "Deconstructing Harry" two weeks ago.


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