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    Big Mac Marries

    The kids say they're all right. In fact, the kids say they're married.

    Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin and former soap actress Rachel Miner--both only 17--wed Sunday in Connecticut, a publicist for the couple confirmed today.

    In Connecticut, you must be at least 16 to marry. And if you're not yet 18, you also need parental consent. Presumably, then, the parental units signed off on the event. And, indeed, the pair's family--and friends--were said to be present for the nuptials.

    "This is the happiest day of our lives," Culkin and Miner said, in a statement. "We're very much in love and couldn't be happier."

    Trying to kill persistent rumors that the wedding was of the shotgun variety, the couple added: "...Because of our busy careers we have no immediate plans for a family."

    Culkin and Miner announced their engagement in March.

    The couple began dating last year. They met at an exclusive school for professional children in Manhattan.

    The pair are but the latest kid actors to take early trips to the altar. Others include: Shirley Temple (age 17), Patty Duke (age 18) and Drew Barrymore (age 19).

    Temple and Culkin are linked in another way. At their peaks, each was the biggest, highest-paid kid actor in Hollywood.

    Culkin's star rose in 1990 with Home Alone. It continued to shine through the comedy's 1992 sequel, and the 1993 thriller The Good Son.

    But that was then, and this is now. It has been four years since Mac has been on the big screen. Family troubles--chiefly, the split between his never-married mom and controversial manager/dad--and the blasted awkward years teamed to keep Culkin out of sight.

    Miner, the daughter of a TV director, is best known for a six-year stint on CBS daytime soap The Guiding Light. She recently costarred in the Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank.

    Culkin, who turns 18 on August 26, is said to be considering a movie comeback in a film based on the true story of a New York teen who kills and dismembers a friend.