Eddy Murphy on Bora Bora

It’s been reported that Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy and movie producer Tracey Edmonds were married at Bora Bora on New Years Day, 2008. If so, Murphy and Edmonds were long stay visitors as a 30-day residency is required to be legally married in French Polynesia. This rule has eliminated French Polynesia from the lucrative wedding tourism market avidly cultivated in the Cook Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu. Instead, the territory is promoted as a honeymoon destination for couples who have wed elsewhere.

I’ve no idea whether the Murphy-Edmonds marriage was real or a fake marriage of the type arranged all the time at Tiki Theater Village on the southwest side of Moorea. The Murphy affair did have significant publicity value for French Polynesia, and Eddie is no newcomer to the islands. He is reputed to be a regular guest at the exclusive Wakaya Club in eastern Fiji.

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