Excerpts from "the first rough draft of history" as reported in The Washington Post on this date in the 20th century.
In a ceremony worthy of Cecil B. DeMille, Rita Hayworth, the movie "love goddess" regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, was married to one of the richest men in the world. The sometimes stormy union ended in divorce in 1953. An excerpt from the Post of May 28, 1949:
The girl from Brooklyn and Hollywood, Rita Hayworth, became a princess today by marrying the Aly Khan. The French civil ceremony will be followed soon by religious rites in the Moslem faith of the bridegroom.
Tonight, after a reception run off at the rate of 15 bottles of champagne per guest, the couple were mapping a honeymoon that will include a trip to England for the Derby.
(The United Press reported from Rome that a Vatican source said Rita had made herself liable to excommunication from the Catholic Church by her marriage.
("The church ignores this marriage," the informant said. "As a Catholic, Rita Hayworth should know that her civil marriage has no value in the eyes of the church. For a Catholic, a religious ceremony is obligatory even when she marries a non-Catholic.") ...
Rita and Aly said "yes" shortly before noon in the town hall of nearby Vallauris.
Paul Derigion, Communist mayor of the village, officiated at the double-ring ceremony ...
The actress, radiant in a light blue silk crepe dress and broad picture hat wound with tulle of the same delicate color, appeared just a little nervous. Her lips trembled at times and she tugged at her handkerchief. But she went through it like a seasoned trouper.
When the mayor came to the part of the ceremony where he asked if each agreed to all of the conditions, both Rita and Aly replied "Oui, oui." One "oui" is enough, but the double response is a standard reply by enthusiastic Frenchmen.
Then a reception centering about the swimming pool was held at Aly's Chateau de l'Horizon.
Rita was a picture of happiness. Aly bubbled like the champagne his guests were drinking.
Some of them also were drinking a cocktail, called Ritaly, invented for the occasion. It is a zippy mystery containing vermouth and chartreuse ...
It was her third marriage and his second.
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