Elizabeth Taylor and ordinary guy Larry Fortensky took the plunge - along with a skydiving intruder - under a swirl of airborne reporters and photographers trying to glimpse the screen star's eighth wedding.
Taylor, 59, and Fortensky, a truck driver 20 years her junior, were at a gazebo altar Sunday at Michael Jackson's whimsical Neverland ranch when a parachutist wearing a helmet camera dropped in, landing within 100 feet of the couple.Guards seized Scott Kyle Harris, a 34-year-old free-lance journalist from Sun Valley, and took him away in handcuffs.
The couple then exchanged vows and a flock of white doves flew skyward, capping a star-studded sunset ceremony performed by lifestyle guru Marianne Williamson. Jackson, a close friend, and Taylor's eldest son, Michael Wilding, gave away the bride.
The parachutist was cited for trespassing and released.
The Oscar-winning star of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Butterfield 8" met husband No. 7 in 1988 when both were at the Betty Ford Clinic to kick drugs. She announced their engagement in July with the promise: "This is it!"
Exclusive rights to cover the ceremony were sold to photographer Herb Ritts and gossip columnist Liz Smith, with the proceeds going toward AIDS research, a cause championed by Taylor.
"SHE DID IT!" Smith exclaimed in her column in Newsday Monday. "In spite of 15 maddening helicopters overhead that totally drowned out the words of her marriage ceremony, and the parachutist who landed within 20 feet of the minister in the middle of the wedding, Elizabeth the Queen took as her consort last evening commoner and construction worker Larry Fortensky."
Taylor wore a bright yellow floor-length Valentino dress and Fortensky donned a white dinner jacket, Smith reported. Jackson wore a dinner jacket with a large diamond pin at his throat instead of a black tie. He wore a diamond medal on his chest and bright silver boots.
The 160-strong guest list reportedly included Gerald and Betty Ford, Gregory Peck, director Franco Zeffirelli, Arsenio Hall, Pia Zadora, George Hamilton, Liza Minnelli, Merv Griffin, Quincy Jones and "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin.
Nancy Reagan attended, but her husband sent word he was detained by business, Smith said. Taylor's mother, Sara, was taken in a wheelchair to the front row.
During the ceremony, Williamson said to Fortensky, "Elizabeth is literally God's gift to you for your healing and her healing."
Williamson ended the ceremony by saying, "Through the power vested in me by the state of California and by the fact that I do believe in your love for one another, I pronounce you, Larry and Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fortensky!"