Iacocca Weds Restaurateur in Los Angeles

Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee A. Iacocca and Darrien Earle, a Los Angeles restaurateur, were married Saturday in a quiet ceremony attended by family members and about 100 friends.

The ceremony took place at the Los Angeles home of investor Allen Paulson, a former business partner of Iacocca’s. The couple had announced their engagement more than a year ago in Palm Springs.

The bride wore a white silk chiffon dress during the ceremony at which she became Iacocca’s third wife. The 66-year-old Iacocca’s first wife died. He was divorced from his second in 1987, after 1 1/2 years of marriage. He has two daughters.

The flamboyant Iacocca, whose face is a familiar sight on television commercials for Chrysler, has become a uniquely American icon, a can-do supersalesman and best-selling author.

Earle, 42, studied at the prestigious Cordon Bleu cooking school of France and has owned several restaurants in Southern California, including Panama Reds in Brentwood and Santa Barbara. Earle said the couple will live at the auto magnate’s home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.


She has three children from a first marriage.