Army Archerd wrote about Needham’s wedding in 1981. Here’s the text below:
GOOD MORNING: Showbiz before pleasure — new groom, director Hal Needham who wed Dani Janssen Sunday p.m. in a show-stopping ceremony on the western street at Universal, was on the phone at 8 ahem yesterday to recent (one-week old) groom, producer Al Ruddy. The reason: with the DGA strike averted, they wanted to meet pronto with Raymond Chow to put in motion either “The Texans” or “Megaforce.” Raymond wants to start the latter super-epic in September to have it ready for release next summer with the same pattern as “Cannonball Run.” And why not — the “Run” pattern’s paying off handsomely at the boxoffice. They’d like “Magnum P.I.” star Tom Selleck to lead “Megaforce” in a cast calling for top 10 roles. Selleck had been paged for “Cannonball,” but details couldn’t be worked out … Burt Reynolds, starring in “Cannonball,” was Needham’s best man. He horseback rode alongside Needham to the backlot western “church” where Dani Janssen arrived in open carriage with Sidney Korshak, who gave the bride away before 600 cheering pals. The wedding group included smiling Universal exec, as well as Needham and Burt. “Smokey I & II” brought in over $133,000,000 in rentals for Universal … It was true Hollywood success story for ex-stuntman Needham who noted, as he looked at the western building fronting the band floor, that he had jumped from the rooftop of that building more times than his back cares to remember … After Jackie Eastland performed the ceremony (few could hear her voice but it was taped for posterity) the wedding guests, who included top exec as well as stuntmen, set workers, lined up for a bangup bar-b-q by Chris Karamanos. Reynolds and Kris wedding-gifted the couple with booze (served in Mason jars) and vittles … Mel Tellis, Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker entertained — and continued on at Reynolds’ house.