June 30, 2005

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner wed, expecting baby

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood couple Ben Affleck andJennifer Garner, who battled each other on screen in the actionfilm "Daredevil," have married and are expecting their firstchild, their publicists said on Thursday.

No further details were provided, but Us Weekly magazinereported that the couple tied the knot on Wednesday at theParot Cay resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Britishcolony southeast of the Bahamas, and that their baby is duethis fall.

Affleck, 32, celebrated his last days as a single man witha bachelor party on Friday while Garner, 33, finished shootingher upcoming movie, "Catch and Release," in Vancouver, themagazine said.

Among the guests at the wedding, according to Us Weekly,was actor Victor Garber, who is Garner's co-star on the ABCtelevision drama "Alias."

Affleck and Garner first worked together on the 2001 film"Pearl Harbor" and co-starred in the 2003 film based on theMarvel comics superhero "Daredevil," leading to Garner'sbig-screen spinoff role in this year's "Elektra."

The couple were widely reported to have begun dating lastyear, months after Affleck and former girlfriend Jennifer Lopezcalled off their highly publicized engagement.

By contrast, Affleck and Garner have maintained a lowprofile as a couple. Their representatives had steadfastlyrefused to acknowledge reports that they had become engaged orwere expecting a baby.

Garner filed for divorce from her first husband, actorScott Foley, in 2003, after 2-1/2 years of marriage.