The Oscar winner beamed with pride as she watched Amurri exchange vows with retired Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino in Charleston, South Carolina.
And despite famously declaring that she "no longer believed in marriage" after her divorce from Chris Sarandon in 1978, the Thelma & Louise star admires her daughter for her conviction.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I was very moved by the strength of Eva's commitment and her certainty. The lead-up to this moment was effortless because it was so obviously right.
"She was the most beautiful woman I've ever seen, full of love, generosity and strength."
Earlier this year, Hayden Panettiere brought the Amanda Knox case to the small screen by starring in the Lifetime movie Amanda Knox: Murder in Italy, which revolved around the story of an Italian jury finding the Seattle native guilty of murdering her British roommate. The film was very controversial, since the Knox family felt it could potentially sway the court's decision on their daughter's case (which was still open when the movie aired). But now that Knox appealed her guilty verdict and was found not guilty, Panettiere is speaking out about her excitement over Amanda's return to the U.S. The actress claims, “Having played her and in a way walked a mile in her shoes, I do feel a certain connection with her and I would be lying if I said it wasn’t exciting to see a young girl get a second chance at life so I hope she makes the most of that." The Heroes star didn't specify if she thought Knox was innocent or guilty, but admits she's just happy to see her reuniting with her family. “It is such a complicated case, there is so much that doesn’t make sense and that doesn’t add up, but she has a second shot at life and that is great," she adds.
Perhaps Panettiere's support for Knox stems from not wanting to be sued for the way she portrayed the American college student in the movie, which the Knox family deemed inaccurate. According to TMZ, there is still a lawsuit pending in Italy to remove the movie completely from the airwaves, and Lifetime made edits to the film to make note of Knox’s overturned murder conviction. But it might all be too little too late: Amanda’s father, Curt Knox, remains bitter about the whole situation and states, “The only reason I saw the movie was to write down all the irregularities, what was wrong with it, and provide it to our attorneys because it was – excuse my French – bulls**t. There is a law in Italy that you cannot present information whether in book form or video form while there is an open trial. A clear breaking of the law there. The character portrayal of her in that movie was so wrong it could have potentially had an impact of the results and what people’s perspective of her is.” Panettiere may still need to suck up a little bit more because it looks like she's not out of the woods just yet.
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In the new TV film, the Heroes star plays American college student Amanda Knox, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison for killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher, back in 2007.
The movie is based on Knox's sensational Italian murder trial and previews have now been released ahead of its 21 February (11) airing date, but the footage has already drawn complaints from the Kercher family.
Kercher's father John has spoken out about the film, insisting a scene which shows an actress playing his daughter screaming in terror as she is pinned down by her killers is too disturbing for TV.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "Your imagination runs riot as it is about what happened. But to actually see it like this is very distressing. The scenes are absolutely horrific. It's awful what these film people have done. I'm surprised they have gone so far. I was told the original brief of the film was to take it up to the point of the killing but not actually show the killing. It's obvious from these pictures they are showing the killing.
"I have asked and would hope the pictures are withdrawn from the internet. Not only have they upset me and my family but they are also in extreme danger of being sued by the convicted people's lawyers.
"In Italy you are regarded as still not being completely convicted until you have had two appeals. If these people win their appeals, which I hope they won't, then they could sue the makers. I said a few months back I didn't understand why the film was called Amanda Knox when my daughter was the victim."
Meanwhile, Kercher's mum Arline reveals she is too traumatised to even watch the previews: "I really don't want to look. It's shocking... I don't understand how a film can be made when there is an appeal to be heard. It also brings this all up again for us which is always very hard."
Knox is currently appealing her conviction and on Thursday (03Feb11), her lawyer threatened legal action if the film is released.
The Mean Girls star was jailed last month (Jul10) for breaching her probation stemming from a 2007 DUI conviction. She then spent 23 days in rehab.
She was discharged from UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday (24Aug10).
And now Michael Lohan - who has previously claimed his daughter suffers from prescription drug addiction - says he is in the process of "negotiating the location" of a holistic rehab facility, with will bar patients from resorting to prescription drugs to get over their addictions.
He says, "I'm going to have a protocol that will be have to be followed. I don't believe in prescription drugs. If people come in on them they're going to have to get off of them, otherwise they'll be looking for another rehab."
The Mean Girls star's dad has spoken openly about his fears for Lindsay, insisting she is addicted to prescription drugs. And, despite publicly blasting Ronson prior to the couple's summer (09) split, Michael is convinced the DJ can help his daughter get her life back together.
He says, "Maybe Samantha will help Lindsay turn her life around and get her into rehab. At least I know Samantha cares. Time is running out for Lindsay. We need to save her."
Meanwhile, Lohan has atttacked his ex-wife Dina again - claiming she's choosing to ignore their daughter's problems: "She tells me how bad the problem is with our daughter and in the same breath is avoiding the subject.
"She is a sick human being. Dina can continue to lie and avoid the truth, but I am going to continue to show what a liar she is. She can continue to make all the excuses she wants, but she can’t deal with the truth. We need to save Lindsay - and now."
On Tuesday (15Dec09), the 23 year old was set a deadline of July, 2010 to complete her alcohol education course as part of her probation following her conviction for a 2007 driving under the influence (DUI) charge.