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Thursday, June 25, 1998 Published at 08:49 GMT 09:49 UK

World: Americas

Wedding bells for child star Macaulay

Macaulay Culkin: 'thrilled to have found a soulmate'

'Home Alone' star Macaulay Culkin is to marry, saying he has found true love at the tender age of 17.

The actor, who shot to fame in 1990 after starring in the hit movie, plans to tie the knot with Broadway actress Rachel Miner, also 17.

New York Post Entertainment Editor Matt Diebel tells the BBC's Radio 5 Live about Culkin's intended (2'37')
In a joint statement the teenagers said they were "thrilled to have found each other as soulmates at such a tender age.

"We look forward to spending our lives together," the statement went on.

Culkin became one of the biggest child stars since Shirley Temple with his portrayal of an eight-year-old boy, accidentally deserted by his family in "Home Alone".

A string of movies followed, including a sequel, which are said to have earned the young star about $17m.

Culkin was also in the spotlight last year in a bitter custody between his unmarried parents.

The dispute over Culkin and four of his siblings was settled when Christopher Culkin agreed to give Patricia Brentup sole custody of the children.

Macaulay Culkin's fiancée Rachel Miner is currently appearing on Broadway in "The Diary of Anne Frank."

No date was given for the wedding.

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