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Dying TV star marries con lover

TERMINALLY ill reality television star Jade Goody wed her ex-convict lover yesterday in a hurriedly arranged ceremony that is dominating media coverage in Britain.

The forthright 27-year-old was unknown before she appeared on the program Big Brother in 2002 and has since ridden the roller-coaster of instant fame to become the show's best-known participant.

She wrote her autobiography and sold her own perfume but then undermined her popularity by making racist comments about Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty when they both appeared on a celebrity edition of Big Brother in 2007.

Last year she announced on television she had cervical cancer and this month said she was terminally ill and would marry her 21-year-old fiance, Jack Tweed, before it was too late.

Bald from chemotherapy, she is living out her last days on television, with media commentators praising her dignity and analyzing her role in modern British culture.

Britain's Justice Secretary Jack Straw intervened on Friday to extend Tweed's bail conditions so they can spend their wedding night together.

Rights to photograph and film the ceremony at the Down Hall country house in Essex, east of London, were sold for a sum estimated by British media as high as 1 million pounds (US$1.4 million). Her publicist Max Clifford said the money is for Goody's two sons from a previous relationship.

Wearing a dress donated by Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed, Goody will be serenaded by girl group the Sugababes and will dine on a cake provided by a top London restaurant.


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