Alisan Porter, a former child star best known for her role in the 1991 John Hughes film "Curly Sue," recently wed her boyfriend Brian Autenrieth, with whom she is expecting her first baby.
"IM MARRIED!!!!!!" the 30-year-old actress said on her Twitter page on Saturday, March 10.
Porter and Autenrieth, 33, wed that day at the California ranch Diablo Dormido in front of 100 guests, People magazine reported, adding that the two began dating when she was 18 and "went their separate ways before reuniting."
Porter posted on her Twitter page photos of herself in her strapless, lace wedding gown, which was custom-designed by R-Mine, and the chuppah, or wedding canopy used in traditional Jewish weddings.
In one picture, she holds her hands over her baby bump. People magazine said she is expecting a baby boy in July.
"Ever since you know who found out he was a boy he's been showing off," she Tweeted on February 21. "By kicking his mother. #littledude."
Autenrieth is also a former child star who played Brandon Capwell on the soap opera "Santa Barbara." He now manages a fruit export company with his family in Southern California.
Porter, a native of Massachusetts, began her on-screen career in the 1980s and at age five, became the youngest person to appear on the singing contest show "Star Search." She was then cast in small roles on the shows "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and "Family Ties."
She starred in the 1989 movie "Parenthood" before she was cast in her breakout role as the title character in "Curly Sue" alongside James Belushi and Kelly Lynch. Her family moved to Connecticut when she was a teenager.
"As the buzz from 'Curly Sue' wore off, so did my desire to do film," she said in a December 2008 article published in Movemnt magazine. She said that thanks to an "amazing theater program" in her new high school, she found a new love for stage acting. Porter starred in the Broadway musical "Footloose." She told Movemnt magazine she then "moved to Malibu to chase a surfer dude, taught dance at a wonderful studio, started a band, played Miriam in 'The Ten Commandments' at the Kodak Theater, recorded my first record, spent four years playing music in Los Angeles, and did a plethora of musicals and random shows."
Porter's band was called The Raz. "The Ten Commandments" was a short-lived Los Angeles musical that starred Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert, who would later become a glam rock star thanks to his run on "American Idol." Porter played Miriam, Kilmer was Moses and Lambert portrayed Joshua.
Porter moved back to New York in 2006 to star in the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" for a about a year and a half. She eventually moved back to California. Her last on-screen role was as a "Chorus Line" dancer in the 2008 Eddie Murphy film "Meet Dave."
"It is sometimes hard for other people to see me as anything but 'Curly Sue,'" she said. "I ask myself if they know I'm a dancer. A choreographer. A teacher. Do they know I write my own music and play with my own band? Do they know I have struggled with addiction and am now proudly a sober woman? Yes, even I didn't escape the child star curse! To me, all these things make up who I truly am."