I Do, Take Two
07/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
07/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
LISA & DUSTIN HOFFMAN
Fourteen years after their quiet Connecticut wedding, the Hoffmans revisited the altar on July 12, 1994, in a Polynesian ceremony on Mooréa, a sun-drenched island off Tahiti. They traveled in separate canoes to different spots on the island, where he had his body painted and she had an oil rub. Then, swathed in native finery and exotic blossoms, they met up in the village of Tiki, where they were given (undisclosed) island names by a Tahitian priest. Kids (left to right) Maxwell, then 9, Alexandra, 7, Rebecca, 11, and Jacob, 13, joined in the fun, which the 57-year-old actor had planned in secret. "It was a very emotional experience," he later said. Their union—his second—succeeds because "we work hard at it," Lisa, 40, has said. It's clear they also know how to play.
JOYCE RANDOLPH & RICHARD CHARLES
The world knows her as a Honeymooner (she played Norton's wife, Trixie), but Randolph, 69, and her now-retired ad-exec love never had one—nor much of a wedding, for that matter, since the bride was then shooting two shows a week. In 1994, 38 years after she took off for 48 hours and rushed down the aisle of a Long Island, N.Y., Baptist church, Randolph got another chance. Though the proposal lacked romance ("A PR agency asked if we'd remarry at an inn on Long Island, with 50 couples celebrating their 50th anniversaries," she says), she calls the Valentine's Day service, performed by a justice of the peace, "touching." The couple returned to Manhattan in a limo with a tier of wedding cake that "we ate for ages." She knows how to make a good thing last.
BARBARA MANDRELL & KENDUDNEY
At their first wedding, 10 days shy of her 1967 high school graduation, the bride wore a $99 gown, and the groom, a Navy pilot, cut the cake with his military sword. Since then, Mandrell, 46, and Dudney, 51, have stuck together in sickness (her 1984 near-fatal car crash) and in health (her country superstardom) and twice renewed their vows. After 10 years, they had an intimate family ceremony; for their 25th anniversary, on May 28, 1992, they invited 300 guests to their estate outside Nashville, where Dudney slipped five rings on his brides fingers. "One for each member of our family," explains Mandrell, who wore a silver lace gown. The two-minister ceremony (with kids Matthew, then 22, Nathaniel, 6, and Jaime, 16, in attendance) was followed by dinner and dancing on the estate's helicopter pad. "Renewing our vows is like getting a booster shot," says Mandrell. "If we make it to our 50th, it'll be a must."
RENEE TAYLOR & JOE BOLOGNA
Since 1965, when the Jewish actress and the Catholic actor entwined their destinies in a Catholic church, they haven't been able to stop. After 10 years, the couple who put their love onscreen in the 1971 movie Made for Each Other had a Protestant ceremony, at which the guests wore white ("the color of people's souls," says Taylor, left, with Bologna that day). At their 20th, on Aug. 7, 1985, a rabbi officiated, and the attire (on son Gabriel, below) was black and white. For their 25th, they ate Italian in their Beverly Hills backyard. "It's a time to look at our life and feel the love," says Bologna, 56. In that spirit, Taylor, 60, has even arranged off-year blessings by the Pope and the Dalai Lama. Says she: "What could it hurt?"
SUSAN & GRAHAM NASH
"It was a '60s thing," says Susan, 43, of the couple's May 16, 1987, renewal celebration. Sixties? No sex, no drugs—not even a folk song was to be heard at the Hollywood Church of Religious Science, where the Nashes, 10 years wed, tightened the knot in a joint service with bandmate David Crosby, who married Jan Dance. The reception chez Nash in Encino, Calif., where 200 friends joined the wedding party (from left: Crosby's daughter Donovan, David, Jan, Susan and Graham with kids Jackson, Nile and Will), featured a string quartet and no hard stuff. "We had a good time," says Susan, who wed Graham, now 53, at the same church in '77. "At the end, the four of us jumped into the pool with our clothes on." Now we're talking '60s—with a 12-step twist. "You'd usually do that drunk," Susan explains. "We wanted to show you could do it sober."
MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS JR.
At their 1969 wedding, says McCoo, now 51, "we were both nervous because we didn't know where it would take us." It took the charter members of the Fifth Dimension, as it happened, up, up and away—into the rarefied circle of lasting celebrity unions. "In show business, doing anything for 25 years is a long time," says Davis, 57. "I thought we should share our feelings with all our friends." He adds, laughing, "Especially the ones who predicted it wouldn't last." Though McCoo wasn't sold on the idea ("He's mushy, I'm analytical—I did it because he wanted to," she says), the pair renewed their bond before 200 guests on July 26, 1994. In the garden of the Marriott Hotel in Century City, Calif., standing before a Motown producer turned Christian minister, they read vows they had written themselves. "It was more relaxing than the first time," the bride concedes. "It was lovely."
PAMELA BACH & DAVID HASSELHOFF
When the Baywatch star asked his daughters last year if they thought Mom and Dad should "get married again," Hayley Amber, 2, and Taylor Ann, then 4, were wary. "They asked, 'Is Mommy having a baby?' " Hasselhoff remembers. No way. It's just that Hasselhoff, 43, "wanted our anniversary to be special." He came up with the idea while on location with his family in Hawaii's verdant Waimea Falls Park. "It was so spiritual there," says the actor, who wed his Baywatch costar, now 30, in 1989. He hired a minister and a horse-drawn carriage and arranged for a private ceremony at Waimea Falls on Dec. 9, 1994. Ordering a rainbow hadn't occurred to him, but the skies obliged, putting the finishing touches on the celebration. He may have started a trend. "No one had married in the park before," Hasselhoff says. "Now they offer a David Hasselhoff wedding package."