'Death Wish' Director Michael Winner Marries

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The 75-year-old helmer announced his nuptials via Twitter.

LONDON – Film director, raconteur and restaurant critic Michael Winner has caused a minor media storm by marrying his fiancee, a woman he met more than 50 years ago.

The 75-year-old Winner wed Geraldine Lynton-Edwards, 70, at Chelsea Register Office in the British capital Monday afternoon after a four-year engagement.

Winner announced his impending nuptials on Twitter Monday morning: “Good morning. May not tweet much today, rather busy, getting married 1:30pm Chelsea Registry Office," Winner said.

Winner is something of a British obsession, loved and loathed in equal measure for his eccentricities, out-spoken opinions and old school charm.

He most recently caused a comedic sensation after appearing in a series of ads for car insurance coining the catch phrase, “calm down dear, it’s only a commercial.”

The newlyweds plan to honeymoon in Portofino on the Italian Riviera, a location Winner knows well as a regular at celebrity resort The Hotel Splendido.

"I turn 76 in October and I have never been anywhere near marriage before. It took a long time for a bit of common sense to enter my befuddled brain," said Winner earlier this year.

Winner has directed over 30 films, including the Death Wish franchise.

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