Michael Winner has finally married his long-term love Geraldine Lynton-Edwards after more than 50 years of courting.
The 75-year-old film director – who has avoided marriage all his life due to self-confessed philandering – tied the knot with Lynton-Edwards, 70, in a small ceremony at a London wedding venue yesterday.
Very few guests were in attendance for the Winner’s big day, said Mail Online, which also revealed that the only guests allowed into the ceremony were witnesses Michael Cain and his wife, Shakira.
The bride and groom – who arrived by black Rolls-Royce under a shower of confetti – have known each other since 1957 after Winner auditioned Lynton-Edwards, an entertainer, back in 1957.
Upon leaving the church, Independent.co.uk caught wind of Winner claiming the marriage felt both “terrifying and wonderful” all in one. No public reports of a wedding reception venue for the couple have been confirmed by the press, suggesting the couple opted for an equally quiet evening as well as day.
Back in August, Winner assured the press that he was comfortable with the prospect of marriage, even in his later years: “I’ve rejected marriage all my life,” he said. “But something has happened to me inwardly in the last few years and that is down to Geraldine. She is an amazing woman.”
Winner, who is worth an estimated £35 million, added that although the couple have been “on and off for years,” he was under no pressure to get hitched.
“She didn’t force me to get married,” he said. “I just felt it was the right thing to do.”