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Hugh Hefner marries 'runaway bride' Crystal Harris

Published 02/01/2013 | 07:24

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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner poses with his bride Crystal Harris at their wedding at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has married his third wife Crystal Harris, the "runaway bride" who cancelled their first wedding in 2011.

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The pair, who are separated by 60 years in age, married on New Year's Eve.

"Happy New Year from Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hefner!" Hefner tweeted early on Tuesday.

The message accompanied a photograph of Hefner, 86, wearing what appeared to be purple silk pyjamas under a black bathrobe and snuggling his bride, 26, still wearing her pale pink wedding dress. He also wore his trademark captain's hat.

An hour earlier, Hefner posted a picture of himself in a tuxedo with his bride under an arch of pink and white flowers at the wedding ceremony in the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

"Crystal & I married on New Year's Eve in the Mansion with Keith as my Best Man. Love that girl!" Hefner wrote on Twitter with the picture, referring to his brother Keith Hefner, a songwriter.

The couple tied the knot more than a year after their planned 2011 wedding was cancelled when Harris got cold feet.

The blonde Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009 ditched the adult entertainment mogul in what was called a "change of heart" five days before a lavish June 2011 wedding before 300 guests.

Harris, who appeared on the July 2011 cover of the adult magazine with a "runaway bride" sticker covering her bottom half, tweeted on Monday that she was ready to commit and changed her name to "Crystal Hefner" on the micro-blogging site.

"Today is the day I become Mrs Hugh Hefner," Harris, who has a psychology degree, wrote on Twitter after writing "Feeling very happy, lucky, and blessed."

Hefner, founder of the Playboy adult entertainment empire, has been married twice before. He and his second wife Kimberley Conrad, also a former Playmate, divorced in 2010 after a lengthy separation. His first marriage to Mildred Williams ended in divorce in 1959. He has two children from each marriage.



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