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- August 26, 2002
- Vol. 58
- No. 9
Hawaiian Love Song
Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley Surprise Fans with a Small Wedding on the Big Island
Especially considering it was planned, says a source close to the couple, "in the last few weeks." The fact is, as recently as four months ago, Presley was not only not engaged to Cage, she was not seeing him at all. In February the couple officially announced that their 10-month romance was over. By June they were back together, holding hands at the L.A. premiere of Cage's World War II drama Windtalkers. Not that that presaged wedding bells. After all, Presley and Cage have a long history of sending encrypted romantic signals of their own. Consider: Cage married actress Patricia Arquette after a two-week courtship in 1995 and secretly separated from her nine months later. Joint public appearances even after he filed for divorce in 2000 fueled speculation that they had reconciled. They had not. Presley, meanwhile, married Michael Jackson in 1994 in the Dominican Republic in a quickie ceremony so out of the blue that even those closest to her insisted it could not be true. It was—for a whole 20 months.
But that was then. "I'm very happy for them," says Cage's older brother, director Christopher Coppola, 40. "I wish them the best at this point in time." Two nights after their nuptials, back in L.A. at a party thrown for Moby by Smirnoff Ice at the Standard Downtown L.A. hotel, they were, says a witness, "staring at each other and whispering all night." Next stop for him: the L.A. set of the upcoming drama Matchstick Men; she is headed to Memphis for her dad's anniversary. "They are madly in love," says a friend, who nevertheless notes that the relationship is "complicated. Both have very big lives already. The challenge is to see if they can get them to mix."
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