Redford weds German girlfriend in private ceremony

Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:05pm EDT
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By Caroline Copley

BERLIN (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director Robert Redford, at his peak considered one of the world's sexiest men, has married his long-term German partner Sibylle Szaggars in Hamburg, a church spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Redford, 72, and Szaggars, a 51-year-old artist, have been together for more than a decade, according to media reports.

The ceremony, in Szaggars's home town, took place at the five-star Louis C. Jacob Hotel in the northern port city on Saturday afternoon, Renate Massfeller of St. Catherine's Church said. She declined to give any further details.

Hotel officials declined to comment. Newspaper Bild has offered 10,000-euro ($14,000) for the first picture of the wedding and said it would publish it on its front page.

Redford's New York representative could not be reached immediately for comment.

About 30 friends and family members attended the ceremony, according to Hamburger Abendblatt. The newspaper said the bride wore a champagne-colored dress and Redford wore a white suit.

Redford, an actor, director and environmentalist, founded the non-profit arts organization Sundance Institute and launched the Sundance Festival that has become the premiere event for U.S. independent films.

In a career spanning five decades, Redford starred in more than 40 films including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting." He won an Academy Award for best director for the 1980 film "Ordinary People."

(Additional reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Louise Ireland)

<p>Robert Redford poses with his girlfriend Sibylle Szaggars at the premiere of "Lions for Lambs" in Paris, October 25, 2007. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>