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For Alex Kingston, Life Is Smooth

January 6, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Alex Kingston’s romance on ``ER″ may be rocky but everything is smooth in real life. The British actress has married a writer she met on a blind date.

Ms. Kingston, 35, and Florian Haertel, 34, were wed Dec. 29 in Santa Fe, N.M., her publicist, Nancy Seltzer, said Tuesday.

This is the second marriage for Ms. Kingston, who was divorced from actor Ralph Fiennes (``The English Patient″) in 1997. It is the first for Haertel, a native of Munich, Germany.

He is a freelance writer for German media, Seltzer said.

Ms. Kingston began as a theater actress before adding film and TV roles. As Dr. Elizabeth Corday on NBC’s medical drama ``ER,″ she has an on-again, off-again relationship with fellow surgeon Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle).