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Minneapolis Theater Celebrates TV Icon Tammy Faye Bakker

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner in 2003
Tammy Faye Bakker Messner at a book signing in 2003. (Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minneapolis theater where televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were wed 50 years ago is planning a party.

The Loring Theater will celebrate “Where Tammy Tied the Knot” on April 1. There will be a screening of the documentary “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” a “Tammy Talk” symposium and a 1960s themed wedding reception.

On April 1, 1961, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were married at the Loring, then owned by the Evangelical Association.  The former Tammy Faye LaValley grew up in International Falls.

The couple went on to host television’s “The PTL Club.” But their empire collapsed in the 1980s when Jim Bakker went to prison for fraud after a sex scandal. The couple divorced and Tammy Faye remarried. She died of cancer in 2007.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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