​John Cleese Marries Jennifer Wade, 31 Years His Junior

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August 14, 2012

John Cleese has walked down the aisle again to marry wife #4, Jennifer Wade, in a Caribbean villa. The latest marriage comes after a nasty divorce from his third wife and left him nearly broke.

But the comedian and actor has gone ahead and tied the knot once more, this time to a woman 31 years his junior, according to the Telegraph.

Cleese, 72, married Jennifer Wade, 41, in a romantic ceremony on the Caribbean island of Mustique.

The star of Fawlty Towers and Monty Python fought back tears as he exchanged vows with Miss Wade, a jeweller and former model.

“I knew from the first moment I met her that this could be something very serious,” Cleese said. “She is an extraordinary one-off.”

Wade, who wore a pale pink satin bridal gown, added: “We’re kindred spirits. When people see us together they immediately get it.”

The bride said that the age gap “never bothers us”.

The wedding was held in a private villa and conducted by a Methodist minister in the presence of Hello! magazine, which paid an undisclosed sum for the exclusive rights.

Cleese was forced to go back on the road to pay his ex-wife alimony in a one-man show he dubbed the “Alimony Tour.”

“Basically, I have to find a million dollars a year until I’m 76. You don’t get that sort of money by sitting at home,” he said. “That I, at my age, would have to plan my life anew to pay her all the money she is to get for the next seven years – well, it irritates me.”

Yet Cleese told Hello! magazine that the divorce battle had not put him off marriage altogether. “The truth is, I’m a romantic,” he said “I never felt there was anything wrong with the institution of marriage – the only thing was my ability to choose the right person.”

Cleese was married to Connie Booth, his Fawlty Towers co-star, from 1968-1978. They had one daughter. His second marriage, to Barbara Trentham, also produced a daughter and lasted from 1981-1990. He married his third wife Eichelberger two years later.