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We spent some real time looking for this one. Gracie's
15 page will from 1957 is very precise in its purpose and wording. Also
included are a 2 page Petition for Probate (with George Burns' signature),
2 pages of letters, 2 pages of funeral info and 3 pages of Inventory and
Appraisement. Death certificate included.
Along with sisters Patti and Maxene, LaVerne Andrews
created the "girl band" concept and some of the greatest music of the forties.
Miss Andrews left behind a 5 page will to which we have added 15 pages
consisting of claims, evaluations of the estate, petitions, and more.
Arden, probably best known for her OUR MISS BROOKS character,
as well as countless film roles in the 40's left a very precise 17 page
will; also included are a 2 page Petition for Probate, a 2 page Notice
of Petition for Probate and a copy of the death certificate.
Ms. Arzner directed her first film in 1927 and was the
first woman to join the newly formed Directors' Guild of America. Her status
as one of the first women directors, and the only one at the time working
within the Hollywood studio system, has recently attracted feminist attention.
Side note: after her retirement, she filmed numerous Pepsi Cola commercials
at Joan Crawford's request. Her simple will is a mere 3 pages, but we add
30-plus pages of the inventory and valuation of her estate, plus the Petition
Miss Ball left an 18 page will and a single page of testamentary.
Also included in this package is a copy of her death certificate. We
have added the Arnaz-Ball divorce file, under Odds & Ends:
The first Cleopatra (1917), and a classic beauty of a
bygone age. Four page will, with Petition for Probate, Letters, and the
Order Admitting the Will. First & Final Accounting, plus the Order
Settling the Accounting, and a contract with Columbia Pictures regarding
developing a bio-pic on Miss Bara. Thirty six pages in total.
Truly one of the beautiful women in film, Miss Baxter
left a 16 page last will & testament, to which we have added the 2
page Petition for Probate and the 2 page Inventory and Appraisement.
Bea Benaderet had a remarkable career in radio and television,
providing the voices for hundreds of characters on radio on shows like
FIBBER McGEE and MOLLY, MY FAVORITE HUSBAND, THE JACK BENNY SHOW,
and later, notably Betty Rubble on THE FLINTSTONES. We offer her 10 page
will plus a very thorough 8 page Inventory and Appraisement of her estate.
Death certificate also included.
One of the screen's eternal beauties, there could never
be another like her. Her will is interesting in that what was filed with
the British Probate Office was a 2 page translation (from the French) of
her hand written 1975 will, as well as a 2 page handwritten document (in
English) from 1981 outlining her last wishes. The latter document contains
her signature. British Grant for Probate included.
A real beauty and a stellar character actress in her
day, Miss Blondell's rather sad 2 page hand-written will is supplemented
by 12 pages of creditors claims, the 2 page Petition For Probate, single
page Letters and a telling 5 page Inventory and Appraisement.
Miss Bondi's will is a simple 3 pages, with a 2 page
Petition for Probate. Included in this package are 9 interesting pages
of Inventory and Appraisals.
Miss Bow, the "IT GIRL" of the jazz age, worked in both
silent films and the talkies, and left behind a 2 page will and a 2 page
codicil. Included are a single page order admitting the will, and 4 pages
of personal property receipts.
Another of our favorite files, and another customer challenge.
Miss Brice, the vaudeville legend and star of the Ziegfield Follies left
a fascinating 11 page will plus a 2 page codicil. To this we have added
the 2 page Petition for Probate, 4 pages of Claims for last illness, 8
pages of Claims for funeral expense, and 12 pages of Inventory and Appraisement
of her estate. Death Certificate included.
This "B" movie funny lady left a two page hand-written
will, to which we have added the court's 2 page typewritten transcript.
Also included the single page inventory and Appraisement, 3 pages of Claims
for funeral expense, and an interesting seven page claim by her housekeeper.
Another customer challenge.
Kitty Carlisle was an actress, opera singer,
performer, TV celebrity, game show panelist, patron of the arts, and, at age 95,
star of her own one-woman show, KITTY CARLISLE HART: AN AMERICA ICON. Included
in this 35-page file is her 15 page will plus codicil, as well as the death
The incredible Miss Colbert, deliciously enticing in 1934's
CLEOPATRA, found her greatest triumph (and an Academy Award) playing the runaway
heiress opposite Clark Gable in Frank Capra's comedy IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. In
this 22 page package we offer her 12 page will, drafted in 1991, as well as the
Petition for Probate and several affidavits.
Another great find, and possibly one of our best packages,
which includes the famed actresses' 15 page will with its distinctive clause
that Christina and Christopher Crawford be left completely out of her vast
estate. Additionally, we include an 11 page document pertaining to the
petition filed on behalf of Christopher and Christina Crawford to have
the will thrown out of probate, all of which gave rise to Christina's book,
( later a movie) MOMMIE DEAREST. This is a fascinating file!
Miss Davis left a 10 page will plus New York State certifications.
Though her will was sealed in New York, we were able to acquire access to
the estate files in California. Guess who got the cook books.
|SANDRA DEE $15.00
The cute little
blond will forever be remembered as the original GIDGET, a role she took on at
the tender age of seventeen.
Married to Bobby Darin (whose last will and
testament can be found elsewhere in our catalogues) at age 18, her career had
pretty much run its course by the time she was 26. This 15 page file includes
her will, the Petition for Probate, the Notice of Petition plus the Notice of
DEL RIO $20.00
As the first Mexican movie star with international appeal
(and cousin to Ramon Navarro), Miss del Rio was praised as the female Rudolph
Valentino and enjoyed an extraordinary career in 1920s Hollywood, until
the talkies arrived in 1928. She returned to Mexico in 1942, her Hollywood
career over, only to gain new stardom in the Mexican cinema. In this 50-page
file we include the certified translation of her Mexican will, petitions,
declarations, and the Inventory and Appraisement of her estate.
We've had numerous customer requests for this file. The
Academy Award winning Miss Dennis left no will, and her estate was in a
bit of a shambles, judging by the 16 pages of documents we offer, including
the inventory of the estate, plus the claims against the same.
was promoted as The English Marilyn Monroe. She had the blonde hair and the
delicious curves but in fact she began her career long before Marilyn and, in
our opinion, was a much better actress to boot. Why, at one time she was even
married to that obnoxious yet cute Dickie Dawson, made oddly famous by his
hosting THE FAMILY FEUD. Miss Dors’ last will and testament is 9 pages in
length, to which we add the British Probate Registry’s official coversheet,
as well as her death certificate.
Dominique Dunne (POLTERGEIST), sister of actor
Griffin Dunne and daughter of novelist Dominick Dunne, was truly just beginning
her film career when she was strangled by a jealous boyfriend in 1982.
Like most 22 year olds, she had not drafted a will, so we offer 31 pages
of informative documents from her probate file, including: Inventory and
appraisements of the estate, receipts signed by father Dominick Dunne,
the handwritten notes of her neurologist pertaining to her vegetative condition
after the attack, but before her death. Creditor's claims (showing funeral
expense) was well as her death certificate also included.
The versatile stage and screen actress, whose career
went from Mack Sennett comedies with Charlie Chaplin (TILLIE'S PUNCTURED
ROMANCE), leading her to a 1931 Oscar-winning performance opposite Wallace
Beery in MIN AND BILL. This file, from 1934, includes a 6-page will, 7
pages outlining the value of her estate, and 6 pages showing the funeral
The leading lady of
musical westerns of the 1940’s, and Roy Rogers’ devoted wife of 51 years until
his death in 1998. Ms. Evans’ will was never probated, but was put in safe
keeping with the San Bernardino County (CA) Superior Court (the court building
where we did our research is right across the street from where the Roy Rogers
Museum once stood, prior to it relocation to Branson, MO); she never redrafted
her 6 page will after Roy’s death.
last will and testament can be found elsewhere in our
A real beauty in her day, and married to bandleader Phil
Harris until his death a couple of years ago. Miss Faye's will (deposited
for safekeeping with the Riverside County (CA) Courts, but not filed for
probate) was drafted after Harris' death and wherein she refers to herself
as "a widow." The will, which consists of 5 pages is interesting in that
she intentionally omits any provision for Phil Harris, Jr., without explanation.
Ms. Frann, probably best known as Joanna Loudon on the
NEWHART television series (and a local weather girl in her early days)
died of heart failure at age 55. She left no will, so we offer 13
pages, including the Petition For Probate, Order For Probate, Notice of
Petition to Administer Estate, Letters, and a cursory Inventory and Appraisement
of her estate.
Another of our favorite actresses, probably best known
for her rough-edged and mouthy character portrayals. Our favorites: the
maid in the 50's sitcom TOPPER, and her wonderful turn as "The Penguin"
in THE BLUES BROTHERS. This 16 page file includes her will, the published
death notice, Petition and Order for Probate, and Letters of Administration.