Monty Python star Terry Jones secretly wed his girlfriend Anna Soderstrom, who is 41 years his junior, in a low-key ceremony last year (12). The 71-year-old comedian divorced his wife of 42 years, Alison Telfer, in 2012, and as soon as the split became official, Jones wed the woman he left Telfer for.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "We married last year. The divorce came through - sadly - so we got married. We kept it secret. We wanted to keep it quiet from the press. It was a very small wedding - only my daughter and the next-door neighbours came."
Jones met 30-year-old Soderstrom in 2002 when she attended his book signing at Hertford College, Oxford in England, where she was studying.
The couple tied the knot at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution near their home in north London and then travelled to Paris, France for their honeymoon, where they received an unpleasant wedding gift.
He explains, "We went to Paris and we got burgled in our hotel suite. We had to move hotels. There was somebody in the room when we came back from dinner. Anna said she saw a hand disappearing through the toilet door so they must have been in the room as we went back in. And they must have hidden in the loo (bathroom). The other hotel we moved into upped our room because they said, 'We don't want you to think all hotels are going to be burgled'."
Jones, who has two adult children with Telfer, also has a four-year-old daughter called Siri, with his new wife Soderstrom.
The disaster occurred on Saturday evening (29Dec12) shortly after the veteran comedian returned from a Christmas (25Dec12) break in Sweden with his wife Anna Soderstrom and their three-year-old daughter Siri.
The 60-foot (18-metre) tree smashed into the family's house in Highgate, north London, hitting the garage and blocking the front door, leaving them no choice but to escape through one of the windows.
Jones admits his young daughter is lucky to be alive because the disaster could have been so much worse.
He says, "If it had been six feet taller it would have hit the roof, and Siri sleeps in that room. We were so lucky because she could have been killed.
"We heard a crashing noise. I had always been worried about that particular tree. We were so lucky to escape. It hit the garage wall and the ends of the branches were just touching the house front after hitting other trees on the way down. When we opened the front door all we could see was the tree... The only way you could get out of the road was by climbing through my front window."
Season 37 (!) of late night institution Saturday Night Live comes to a close tomorrow night on NBC with host and musical guest Mick Jagger closing things out. While the finale has all the makings of a classic episode written all over it (especially with Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire coming by to jam out with The Rolling Stones front man) there's already been plenty to make this a memorable season. Before we bid adieu to this season of SNL, let's look back at all the highs (Melissa McCarthy's debut, Jimmy Fallon and Maya Rudolph's returns) and lows (Lindsay Lohan's "comeback," Lana Del Rey's "performance") and everything in between from this past year.
Alec Baldwin Breaks a Record: The 30 Rock star kicked off season 37 the only way he knows how: by hosting for a record-breaking 16th time. Trumping pal Steve Martin for the coveted title, Baldwin proved yet again, why he's one of the best SNL players to never actually be an SNL cast member.
Melissa McCarthy Establishes Her Place as a Comedy Queen: Riding high off the success of Bridesmaids and her Emmy win, the funny lady proved that her breakout year was no fluke. Her first-time turn as host of the October 1, 2011 episode set the bar awfully high for the rest of the season. The actress was the ultimate team player (including getting to have fun with her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig in the opening monologue) and had no problem going above and beyond the call of duty in the name of comedy for sketches in which she fell down a flight of steps, humped a balloon, and squirted Ranch dressing on her face.
Welcome Home, Jimmy and Maya: Will Ferrell may have had a disappointing homecoming last week, but his fellow SNL alums Jimmy Fallon and Maya Rudolph most certainly did not. Fallon's spirited holiday-themed episode and Rudolph's non-stop funny turn made for the two best outings this season. (The third being, of course, McCarthy's.) It's hard to argue against the notion that the glory days of SNL are long over when old cast mates are the best part of a current season, especially when writers up the ante for sketches like Rudolph's inspired Maya Angelou-meets-Punk'd bit:
Lana Del Rey ... Sings?: SNL can be a great place for a new artist to get massive exposure, but that widespread attention doesn't always help. During the Daniel Radcliffe-hosted January 14 episode, musical guest Lana Del Rey blew up the Twittersphere after her warbly performances of her songs "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans," inspiring cries of "What was that?!" The backlash was almost immediately met with backlash (including a counter attack by Wiig on Weekend Update) and Del Rey redeemed herself with an improved performance on Letterman, but the damage was done: The singer will forever go down in SNL infamy.
Taran Killam Dances His Way to the Top: Taran Killam has quickly established himself as one of the most promising cast members on SNL thanks to his scene-stealing in hilarious sketches like "J-Pop America Fun Time Now" and his killer impressions (namely Andy Cohen) but the rising star became a viral sensation when he paid homage to musical guest Robyn. Boosting morale in the writers' room at 4:30 in the morning, Killam kills it mimicking the "Call Your Girlfriend" video.
Jon Hamm Comes to the Rescue: Lindsay Lohan was supposed to have a comeback this year, propelled by her fourth SNL hosting stint. But there was no classic "Debbie Downer" moment to be found, and Lohan looked stiff during the poorly written episode. With the exception of the instantly viral "Real Housewives of Disney" sketch and a cameo from Jon Hamm, who earned more laughs than the hostess, it would have easily been considered the season's worst. (The honor still belongs to Anna Faris, who also deserved better.)
Digital Shorts Turn 100: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer celebrated an important milestone when their Digital Shorts reached 100. That's right, Justin Timberlake doing unspeakable things to your mother, Michael Bolton dressing up as Captain Jack Sparrow, and 98 other awesome things got a proper star-studded tribute. Watch it here: ="text-align:> Zooey Deschanel Can Laugh At Herself: Siri, does New Girl star Zooey Deschanel have a good sense of humor about her quirky, overly adorable persona? She sure does! Look no further than the incredibly funny "Bein' Quirky with Zooey Deschanel" sketch, which Deschanel herself appeared in as Mary-Kate Olsen facing off against herself (well, Abby Elliott, anyway.) Watch it again or for the first time. "It's not garbage if it's new to you." Paul Brittain Makes An Exit: After just a year with SNL, it was announced in January that featured player Paul Brittain was exiting the show to pursue other projects. While Brittain's impact was minimal, he did leave the 37th season with some memorable moments, including a visit from the whimsically weird Lord Wyndemere and Kings of Catchphrase Comedy headliner Goran “Funky Boy” Bogdan. Kate McKinnon Climbs On Board: With Brittain out, there was space for a new featured player. Enter: Kate McKinnon, a great impressionist (as evidence by her dead-on spoof of Bravo's Tabatha Takes Over) with even greater potential. While she's only had a few weeks to show SNL fans what she's got, Season 37 looks like it set the stage for a stellar Season 38 for McKinnon. What was your favorite and least favorite moments from this season of Saturday Night Live? Which ones did we miss? Sound off in the comments section! More: Mick Jagger To Host Saturday Night Live Finale SNL Promo: Mick Jagger Scolds Kristen Wiig For Wasting Magic – VIDEO The Six Best Saturday Night Live Cast Reunions Ever
The comedian/director and his girlfriend Anna Soderstrom, who is 41 years his junior, welcomed daughter Siri last month (Sep09).
Jones left his wife Alison Telfer, who he married in 1970, after meeting and falling for undergraduate Soderstrom in 2004.
Sally and Bill, the comedian/director's grown-up children with Telfer, were said to have been upset at the pregnancy announcement and Jones was branded "selfish" by U.K. tabloids for bringing a child into the world in his twilight years.
But the funnyman is adamant he'll do his best to provide Siri with a happy childhood.
He tells Radio Times, "It doesn't worry me what anyone says, except when publicity hurts others. I've yet to discover how I like having another child as she's only just born. Anna and I talked about it, obviously, before we decided.
"I don't think people who have children are acting selfishly or unselfishly. Having a child who'll be loved, to parents who love each other, is the important thing. I've a reasonable chance of living another 20 years, and hope I do, so Siri will be in her 20s."