Smart beats hubbub with early wedding
Elizabeth Smart married her fiancé Saturday at a Mormon temple in Hawaii, several months ahead of scheduled plans for the nuptials after news of her engagement last month drew widespread media attention.
A family spokesman said the Utah woman who was kidnapped at knifepoint at age 14 and held captive for nine months married Matthew Gilmour on Oahu’s North Shore.
“Elizabeth’s desire was for what most women want: to celebrate her nuptials in a private wedding with family and close friends,” family spokesman Chris Thomas said in a statement. “She decided, about a week ago, the best way to avoid significant distraction was to change her wedding plans and to get married in an unscheduled ceremony outside of Utah.”
The 24-year-old Smart is a senior at Brigham Young University. She met Gilmour, of Aberdeen, Scotland, while doing Mormon missionary work in Paris.
Onetime itinerant street preacher Brian David Mitchell was convicted in 2010 of Smart’s 2002 kidnapping and sexual assault. He is serving a life prison sentence.
‘Colbert Report’ returning to air
A representative for Stephen Colbert says “The Colbert Report” will return today after a sudden break due to the ailing health of the star’s mother.
The Comedy Central show last week substituted repeats for scheduled shows on Wednesday and Thursday. At the time, the network said only that the cancellations were because of “unforeseen circumstances.”
Colbert is expected to address his absence today. His 91-year-old mother, Lorna Colbert, is ill.
Earlier on Twitter, Colbert thanked those who had offered “thoughts and prayers.”
Colbert’s father, James Colbert, and two of his brothers were killed in an airplane crash in 1974.
The birthday bunch
Actor Sidney Poitier is 85. Jazz and soul singer Nancy Wilson is 75. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 71. Actress Sandy Duncan is 66. Guitarist J. Geils (The J. Geils Band) is 66. Actor Peter Strauss is 65. Singer-bassist Walter Becker (Steely Dan) is 62. Actor Anthony Stewart Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 58. Actor Joel Hodgson (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”) is 52. Actor French Stewart (“Third Rock From the Sun”) is 48. Model Cindy Crawford is 46. Actor Andrew Shue (“Melrose Place”) is 45. Actress Lili Taylor is 45. Actress Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) is 34. Guitarist Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band) is 33. Actress Majandra Delfino (“Roswell”) is 31. Singer Rihanna is 24.