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NETWORK CHIEF MARRIES A FRIEND

USA Networks chief Barry Diller and his longtime love, Diane von Furstenberg, were wed Friday afternoon after 26 years of friendship in a small, private ceremony in the Municipal Building.

"It was nice," von Furstenberg, 54, said as she and Diller, 59, walked out of the city clerk's office.

The ceremony was held in front of eight family members and was followed by a party for 350 guests at von Furstenberg's Greenwich Village home.

The wedding grew out of a discussion of the couple's plans for Diller's birthday, which was Friday.

Diller unexpectedly proposed to von Furstenberg, saying, as von Furstenberg recalled, "We always say we're going to do it, maybe Christmas, maybe my birthday, and we don't."

When it was settled that they would wed, von Furstenberg decided that the wedding would be on Diller's birthday.

"That was my present to him -- myself," she said.

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