Date: 31st May 2001
BROOKE SHIELDS' reported marriage to CHRIS HENCHY last month (APR01), has been exposed as a total hoax.
According to American showbiz journalist DOROTHY LUCY, the SUDDENLY SUSAN star went to great lengths to stage the event in Catalina Island, California, in order to ward off the attentions of a crazed stalker.
The pair their created a supposed wedding with mannequins and bogus pictures to make their story believable. The nuptials were originally reported to be so top secret that not even her guests knew where the ceremony would take place until the last minute.
Guests were told to turn up to the luxurious RITZ CARLTON HOTEL in Marina Del Ray, California, and were then led out the back door to a lavish 65-foot (20 metre) yacht.
The couple 'leaked' information that they rented a private three-acre (1. 2-hectare) hillside estate and that the waiting priest performed the traditional wedding ceremony.
And even Brooke's tennis ace ex-husband ANDRE AGASSI paid a delightful tribute to the 'married' couple, sending them a touching message reading, "I wish you both the best in your life together. " (RGS/WNV/KW)