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Critics' Corner: 12 Things You Need to Watch, Read and Hear

Critics' Corner: 12 Things You Need to Watch, Read and Hear

Originally posted 10/04/2013 09:00AM

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Miley Cyrus' banging album and more!

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Elizabeth Smart on Her Abduction: 'There Was a Point That I Stopped Crying'

Elizabeth Smart on Her Abduction: 'There Was a Point That I Stopped Crying'

Originally posted 10/04/2013 02:30PM

A decade after her rescue from a nine-month kidnapping ordeal that began when she was taken at knifepoint at 14 from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart is telling her tale in her book to be released next week and to Meredith Vieira in an NBC interview to air Friday.

My Story, by the now 25-year-old, recalls the painful days and nights held in captivity by Brian David Mitchell – a onetime homeless preacher – and his wife, Wanda Barzee, when the teen was chained, dressed in disguise and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. She also relives the moments where she was brought back to her family and saw justice served to her attackers.

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Elizabeth Smart's Message to Rescued Women: Don't Blame Yourself

Elizabeth Smart's Message to Rescued Women: Don't Blame Yourself

Originally posted 05/07/2013 01:45PM

Very few people can truly understand what the three women rescued from years in captivity can be feeling today – and what they may face in the years to come.

Elizabeth Smart is one of them, and she has a message.

"First of all, I'd make sure these young women know that nothing that happened to them is their fault," Smart tells PEOPLE. "They still have the same worth. They're still valuable. They haven't lost any of their worth to what's happened."

Smart was kidnapped from her home at age 14 in 2002 and forced to be a sex slave for nine months. She's now a newlywed and advocate for missing children.

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FIRST LOOK: Elizabeth Smart's Memoir Cover | Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart's Memoir Cover Revealed

Originally posted 03/08/2013 06:00PM

Elizabeth Smart is a smiling, married woman these days, but such a future was unthinkable for her in 2002.

Smart, 25, who has worked as an activist and ABC News contributor in recent years, was abducted from her home when she was 14.

Raped daily for nine months by Brian David Mitchell – a onetime homeless preacher – she was rescued in 2003. Her case drew national attention, and she is finally sharing her story – in her words – with the world.

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Relive PEOPLE.com's 10 Biggest Celebrity Stories of 2012 | Eric Johnson, Jessica Simpson, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson

UpdatePosted 12/29/2012 02:00PM

Top 10 Celebrity Stories of 2012

Originally posted 11/03/2012 05:10PM

What a year!

While the nation moved through an economically challenging election year, Hollywood kept things interesting by focusing on everything from engagements and divorces to babies and bikinis.

Here, in descending order of popularity, were the biggest PEOPLE.com news stories of 2012.

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Inside Elizabeth Smart's Dream Wedding | Elizabeth Smart

Inside Elizabeth Smart's Dream Wedding

Originally posted 02/25/2012 06:00AM

From the beachside kiss to the evening luau, see how Smart celebrated her big day in Hawaii

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All About Elizabeth Smart's Dream Wedding

UpdatePosted 02/22/2012 10:00AM

Elizabeth Smart's Dream Wedding

Originally posted 02/22/2012 08:00AM

A modern-day fairy tale complete with a beautiful heroine and a dashing Scottish Prince Charming, came to life on Saturday on the North shore of Oahu, Hawaii, as Elizabeth Ann Smart married her boyfriend of one year, Matthew Gilmour in an intimate ceremony attended by family and close friends.

In this week's cover story, PEOPLE shares exclusive photographs of the radiant bride and happy groom, their wedding party and evening luau – as well as exclusive details of how they met and how he proposed, the wedding day preparations and the reasons Smart chose the breathtaking shores of Oahu for her celebration.

"They are clearly besotted with each other, and it's a wonderful thing to see," the groom's mother, Kay Gilmour, tells PEOPLE.

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Elizabeth Smart Hand-in-Hand with New Husband | Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour Step Out Post-Wedding

Originally posted 02/21/2012 07:30AM

The Hawaiian wind in their hair, newlyweds Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour stepped out after tying the knot in a private ceremony there.

The young couple wed Saturday "in one of her favorite places," her spokesman tells PEOPLE, adding that having her family there made it "a dream wedding."

Smart, 24, who was kidnapped from her home in 2002 at age 14, has been involved with 22-year-old Gilmour, of Scotland, for about a year. They met in France when they were both doing Mormon mission work a couple years ago.

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Elizabeth Smart's Super-Fast Wedding Plan Revealed

UpdatePosted 02/20/2012 01:00PM

Elizabeth Smart's Super-Fast Wedding Plan Revealed

Originally posted 02/20/2012 08:00AM

While the average bride spends about 250 hours planning a wedding, Elizabeth Smart proved she is definitely not average, finalizing her wedding plans in record time.

Smart, 24, and Matthew Gilmour, 22, who have dated for a year, were engaged just last month. Smart initially expected to have a summer wedding but moved the date up two weeks ago.

"It's everything you can imagine with planning a wedding," Smart tells PEOPLE exclusively. "Only, it's compressed into a few days."

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Elizabeth Smart Gets Married

Elizabeth Smart Gets Married

Originally posted 02/18/2012 06:30PM

Elizabeth Smart began a jubilant new chapter in her life Saturday – as a beaming bride.

"To be in one of her favorite places with her family has made for a dream wedding. It's been an absolutely beautiful day,'' her spokesperson, Chris Thomas, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"She is positively radiant. And Matthew couldn’t be happier."

Smart, 24, exchanged vows with her boyfriend of one year, Matthew Gilmour, 22, in a private ceremony on Saturday afternoon in Hawaii.

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