Alfred Molina, 68, sheds tears of joy as he marries Frozen director Jennifer Lee, 49… 16 months after his wife Jill Gascoine died of Alzheimer’s aged 83
- Jennifer, 49, shared several snaps of the stunning garden wedding to Instagram, revealing Frozen co-star Jonathan Groff introduced the duo and officiated their wedding
- The couple began dating in 2018 while Alfred was still legally married to his first wife, Jill Gascoigne, who died from Alzheimer’s disease in April 2020. It is not known exactly when Jill and Alfred split
Alfred Molina has tied the knot with Oscar-winning Frozen director Jennifer Lee.
The stunning bride, 49, posted a gallery of photos from the sunlit garden ceremony to Instagram on Monday with the sweet caption: ‘We did. We do.’
In one snap, The Spider-Man actor, 68, was seen overcome with emotion and holding his hands to his face as he watched his bride walk down the aisle.
The nuptials come a little more than one year after Alfred’s first wife, English actress Jill Gascoine, died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83 in April 2020.
Alfred and Jill wed in 1986 and remained legally married until her death last year, however he confirmed that he was in a relationship with Jennifer in November 2019. It is not known exactly when Alfred and Jill separated.
Special moment: Alfred Molina, 68, shed tears of joy as he married Frozen director Jennifer Lee, 49, at a ceremony officiated by Jonathan Groff (all pictured)… 16 months after his wife Jill Gascoine died of Alzheimer’s aged 83
Overcome with emotion: Alfred was seen weeping as he tied the knot with Jennifer, with the bride sharing several snaps from their nuptials to Instagram on Monday
Pictures from Alfred and Jennifer’s wedding showed the couple embracing while backed by greenery and beautiful rose bushes.
Jennifer, who is the Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, looked sensational in a tulle dress with an A-line skirt and sequins dotted throughout.
Her groom donned a grey suit, light pink shirt and sunglasses with a white rose placed in the lapel of his smart ensemble.
Also present at the ceremony as officiator was actor Jonathan Groff, 36, who famously voiced Kristoff in the Frozen films.
First marriage: The nuptials come a little more than one year after Alfred’s first wife, English actress Jill Gascoine, died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83 in April 2020 (pictured together in 1994)
In a subsequent post from Jennifer, she shared further details of how Jonathan was involved in her nuptials to Alfred.
Captioning a photo of herself and Jonathan talking at the reception, she wrote: ‘This beautiful, generous soul is the reason Fred and I met. We owe him the world.’
Jennifer and Jonathan worked on Frozen together and he also worked with Alfred on a 2012 production of John Logan’s play Red.
Both Alfred and Jonathan starred in 2019’s animated Frozen II — with Alfred as the voice of Agnarr, Elsa and Anna’s father, and Jonathan reprising his role of Kristoff.
The newlyweds have been dating for more than two years, with Jennifer sharing several snaps of them together to Instagram over the years.
In 2019 Jennifer spoke about their private romance, telling the New York Times: ‘I just feel very lucky because I’m, you know, 48 years old and I’m very happy in my family life and he’s very caring and very good to my daughter. And so I feel lucky.’
‘This beautiful, generous soul is the reason Fred and I met’: In another post, Jennifer shared further details of how Jonathan, 36, was involved in her nuptials to Alfred
Romantic: Alfred, 68, and Jennifer, 49, were seen embracing in two snaps, backed by greenery and beautiful rose bushes
Jill was first married to Dundee hotelier Bill Keith – tying the knot in 1965 and divorcing in 1972 – during which time they had two sons Adam and Sean, but they did not stay in contact with Bill after the divorce and Jill raised them as a single mother.
A decade later Jill met Alfred when they were both working in the same theatre production. They then married in Tower Hamlets, London, in 1986 when she was 49 and he was 33. He had a daughter, Rachel, now 41, from a previous relationship.
The actress rose to fame as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in The Gentle Touch and appeared in the spin-off series, C.A.T.S Eyes, before building a career in America.
Gushing: In 2019 Jennifer spoke about their private romance, saying she ‘feels very lucky’ in her family life (pictured together in December 2018)
One to watch: Jennifer and Jonathan worked on the animated film Frozen together (pictured: an image from the film)
In 2010, Jill was forced to drop out of what was considered a major comeback role in EastEnders playing role the of Glenda Mitchell. At the time, Jill said she felt she ‘lacked the right experience to film such a big continuing drama’.
While Jill lived until 2020, four years prior in 2016, Alfred shared that Jill was already in the ‘final stages’ of the debilitating disease.
He told The Radio Times: ‘Alzheimer’s is a cowardly disease. It creeps up on you from behind and by the time you realise you’ve got it you’re probably not realising much else. It’s a stinker’.
Friends had previously revealed how Jill started noticing problems with her memory in 2010. She was diagnosed in 2012 after her memory loss became more significant.
In August that year she appeared as a dying mother on stage in LA in a two-week run of the drama Anxiety, with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association.
It was a play written for her without any lines to remember.
Jennifer, meanwhile, was previously married to Robert Joseph Monn, with whom she shares daughter Agatha. Agatha, 18, was the voice of nine-year-old Anna in the first Frozen film, from 2013.
Iconic: Alfred’s ex-wife Jill rose to fame as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch (pictured) and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes
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