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Tyrone Power and Linda Christian wed January 27, 1949, in the Church of Santa Francesca Romana in what was called the Wedding of the Century.
Time Magazine, February 1949:
Din & Cries Hours before the wedding, Romans by the thousands began to flock to the church. Unable to enter, they formed a solid, screaming mass from the Colosseum to Piazza Venezia. Invited guests had to push their way through sweating hordes, and became rumpled, bruised and angry. U.S. Ambassador James Clement Dunn nearly lost his coat. One man's finger was broken. Several women fainted.
Tyrone was calm throughout the pushing and hauling that attended his arrival. Thousands of bobby-soxers cried their admiration for Ty il Magnifico. In the crush, one of them left her fur-cuffed sleeve on the running board of Tyrone's car. When Linda arrived half an hour later, the crowds broke through the police lines.
Inside the church, the din and cries were so great that the words of the marriage ceremony could scarcely be heard in the fifth row. Roman oaths flew back & forth between displaced guests and uninvited rabble. The excitement spread to the guests. With sighs of ecstasy, they rose from their seats and pushed out into the aisles. Some of them even struggled with formally clad ushers who tried to push them back. During the ceremony a movie-man, seeking a close-up of the bridge & bridegroom, rudely nudged aside elegant Monsignor William Hemmick, who was officiating.
Power was bitter over what Roman aristocracy and Roman commoners had done to his wedding. But 20th Century-Fox publicity men loved it: they distributed leaflets dubbing the event The Wedding of the Century.
The U.S. was sending more than bread to Italy.
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