Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has wed for the third time, marrying Katie McNeil in a small ceremony in Los Angeles.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Diamond, 71, had announced his engagement on Twitter on Sept. 7, writing lyrically, "Good news coming from sunny LA/and you're the first I want to tell/Katie & I just got engaged/and I hope you wish us well." Later that day he posted a photo of McNeil, saying, "I'd like you to meet Katie. I'm lovestruck." Diamond, a native of Brooklyn, also is a Long Island Music Hall of Famer.
On Dec. 30, he added, "What a year! R&R Hall of Fame, Kennedy Ctr Honor, Billboard Icon Award, a Grammy nom., and best of all the hand of the girl of my dreams!"
The two met when McNeil served as executive producer of the 2009 concert documentary "Neil Diamond: Hot August Night / NYC," shot over four nights at Madison Square Garden a year earlier.
She produced music documentaries including "Mötley Crüe: Lewd Crüed & Tattooed" and "Public Enemy Live from House of Blues" (both 2001), "Heart: Alive in Seattle" (2003) and "The Bangles Return to Bangleonia" (2007). In January, she was named a production vice president at newly formed independent film company Electric City Entertainment.
Diamond, whose dozens of hit singles include "Sweet Caroline," "I Am . . . I Said" and the No. 1 "Song Sung Blue" and "Cracklin' Rosie," has two children with his first wife, Jaye Posner, from whom he separated in 1967 and was divorced two years later. He has two more children with Marcia Murphey, a TV production assistant he wed in 1969. Their mid-1990s breakup resulted in a reported $150 million divorce settlement, cited as one of the entertainment industry's most costly.
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