Hugh O'Brian ties the knot for first time — at age 81

Published: Tuesday, June 27 2006 12:00 a.m. MDT

"Wyatt Earp" star Hugh O'Brian, 81, has married for the first time in what the couple described as "a wedding to die for." The weekend ceremony was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif.

"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.

It was the bride's second marriage.

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

The Rev. Robert Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, 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 on "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," which aired from 1955 to 1961. 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 Angels," "Police Story," "Perry Mason" and "General Electric Theater."

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