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To Sir, with Love

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True, he has been a U.S. citizen for three years now, but Sir Anthony Hopkins remains a Welshman at heart. Which would explain the abundance of yellow daffodils—the national flower of Wales—at the wedding reception held on the actor’s blufftop Malibu estate March 1. Earlier that afternoon, under a 30-ft.-high tent shielding 80 guests from hovering news copters, Sir Anthony had married his girlfriend of less than two years, Los Angeles-based antiques dealer Stella Arroyave.

Their romance sprouted after Hopkins, 65, met Arroyave, 46, while shopping for furniture in her store. His 29-year marriage to second wife Jenni Lynton, a former production secretary, ended in divorce last year. During the 20-min. ceremony, which coincided with St. David’s Day, honoring the patron saint of Wales, the never-wed Arroyave wore a silk chiffon ivory-colored gown designed by Les Habitudes of L.A.

Then—”Opah!”—it was time to celebrate. Daffodils and feast day aside, the reception was all Greek, the result of Hopkins’s friendship with Malibu restaurateur Tony Koursaris, who catered the affair. “And my band was there, playing traditional Greek and Latin music,” says Koursaris. Goldie Hawn (without Kurt Russell) got up and gyrated with the hired dancers. Not to be outdone, Mickey Rooney did a matching Tsifteteli belly dance, while waitresses balanced glasses on their heads, cheered on by comedian John Cleese and Hopkins, the Best Actor Oscar winner for 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs.

Speaking of which, guests dined on roasted baby lamb and saganaki-a flaming Greek cheese and one of Hopkins’s favorite dishes. The actor, sober since 1975, toasted his bride with sparkling apple cider.

As for honeymoon plans, “they didn’t tell us,” says Rooney’s wife, Jan, a singer who serenaded the newlyweds with “Amazing Grace.” “They probably want to keep it a secret.”