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Shelley Winters Wed Before She Died

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Jan 19, 2006 | 5:59am EST

Movie star Shelley Winters realized her dream of marrying boyfriend Gerry DeFord hours before she died at the weekend.

The Poseidon Adventure star's partner of 18 years called off the couple's wedding plans after Winters' daughter Vittoria Gassman publicly opposed the marriage.

Gassman, who took charge of her mother's estate while she battled drug problems, refused to give up her right to the actress' fortune and Winters eventually decided to give up on her wedding dreams.

But she became Mrs. Gerry DeFord on her death bed when actress pal Sally Kirkland, a legally ordained Los Angeles minister, wed the couple on Friday night.

It was 85-year-old Winters' fourth marriage and DeFord's first.

Winters died of heart failure 10 hours after exchanging vows.

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