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The genius of
put Don Adams on the map when they cast him in their GET SMART television
project, one that truly was an instant success. This 15-page file includes
Adams' last will and testament, a codicil, the Petition and Order for Probate,
Letters Testamentary and the Proof of Publication. Sorry about that, Chief.
ADAMS - PROBATE $15.00
Adams, probably best remembered as Johnny Yuma of THE
REBEL TV series, died in 1968 due to an overdose of drugs he was taking
for a nervous disorder. There are some (as
mentioned in his autopsy report, located elsewhere in our catalogues)
that believe that foul play was possibly involved in his untimely demise.
This extensive 44 page file includes Adams' will, several claims against
the estate (including detailed claims for funeral expense), an abbreviated
Inventory and Appraisement, as well as the death certificate.
Another customer request. Alexander was a popular film
star in the 30's until he ended his own life with a gun in 1937. Alexander
left no will, but what we offer are 14 pages of claims (some showing funeral
expense), a tax appraisal of the estate and the published notice to creditors.
An interesting find.
The wonderful Don Ameche was a member of the old guard
with a career in films spanning more than 50 years and had recently found
a new audience with such films as TRADING PLACES, THINGS CHANGE, and FOLKS.
When he died in late 1993 he left a 6 page will to which we have added
a 4 page petition by his son.
Andrews was a certified movie star, yet by the end of
his life he enjoyed little of the artistic acclaim laid at the feet of
the men who had directed him. Once President of the Screen Actors Guild,
he spoke out against the degradation of the acting profession, particularly
actresses doing nude scenes just to land a role. His will is 26 pages,
which includes a three page codicil. Additionally included are the Petition
for Probate and a 5 page Inventory and Appraisement of the estate.
"FATTY" ARBUCKLE $10.00
Silent film great, who was left ruined by his sensationalized
trial in the "party death" of starlet Virginia Rapp. A simple but interesting
13 page file, showing Arbuckle to have died without a will and essentially
Added to compliment our Lucille Ball package, Arnaz left
a 5 page will. Additionally, we have included a 2 page Petition for Probate,
Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill's Disclaimer of Gift, an 8 page "Advice of Proposed
Action", and lastly, a 3 page Petition for Final Distribution and a copy
of the death certificate. We
have added the Desi Arnaz-Lucille Ball divorce file, under Odds
& Ends: Divorces.
An intriguing 5 page will plus a very enlightening 13
page petition and accounting, showing the value of the estate at Astaire's
death, as well as a copy of the death certificate.
One of our favorite bad guys from horror and mystery
films of the 30's & 40's. Atwill's 1945 will is 4 pages and with it
we include 2 pages of funeral info, as well as a copy of the death certificate.
The multi-faceted character actor died while on holiday
in Rome in 1996. Mr. Balsam's 1986 will consists of 17 pages, plus a 3
page codicil and a copy of "Report Of The Death Of An American Citizen
Abroad," filed by the U.S. Embassy in Rome disclosing the cause of death.
Balsam's daughter was once married to George Clooney.
You can find their complete divorce file here.
5 page will plus 2 pages of funeral info. A Barrymore
fans' collector's item. Death certificate included.
4 page will plus 4 pages of interesting info (including
a claim by MGM's Louis B. Mayer).
Another MGM great. Very detailed 17 page will, plus a
copy of the death certificate.
The extraordinary character actor (whose career was reignited
after appearing in John Landis' TRADING PLACES starring opposite Eddie
Murphy and Don Ameche) left behind a very detailed 27 page will with many
Belushi's wordy 22- page will (of public record) covers
every conceivable angle, setting up numerous trusts for his even more numerous
heirs. Also included is a copy of his death certificate. You can find Belushi's
highly detailed autopsy report elsewhere in our catalogues.
The fabulous character actor from the 40's and later
star of LIFE of RILEY. Bendix' generous will is 8 pages long, plus a 2
page codicil. Also included are a 5 page Inventory & Appraisement,
a claim by his management company, the order admitting the will and Letters
of Testamentary. Death certificate included.
Entertaining 29 page will plus a one page witness to
the signing of the will. Death certificate included.
A simple yet intriguing 3 page will plus a 2 page codicil
to the original will. Additionally we present the courts' appraisal of
Bergan's fascinating theatrical assets, including Charlie McCarthy and
Mortimer Snerd, of course. Letters of Administration included.
Certainly the king of the "All Singing-All Talking-All
Dancing" musicals of the 30's, Berkeley's 1971 will is 3 short but sweet
pages. Included in this file are the 2 page Petition For Probate, a rather
sad 3 page Inventory and Appraisement, and a single page claim for funeral
Uncle Miltie left a will but to date it has not seen
the light of a probate court. However, for some reason his Trust agreement
(drafted in conjunction with his wife Lorna) was presented recently to
the Probate Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and so we
present the same document to you. The 32 page document contains the original
Trust as well as 4 amendments, with Berle’s signature sadly showing increased
deterioration in each successive amendment.
|JOEY BISHOP $20.00
When Rat Packer Bishop died in 2007, he had left certain written instruments
indicating that his Newport Beach home was to be given to his long-time golfing
buddy and eventual companion Nora Garibotti. When this did not come to pass, Ms.
Garibotti sued Bishop’s attorneys and executor of his estate to get what was
rightfully hers. This 75+ page file includes her suit, a copy of Bishop’s
amended trust, and the hand-written instructions he left regarding his estate.
This is a very unique file!
that due to its size, this item cannot be used as a free document with our
free wills deal. Our apologies.
"The Man of A Thousand Voices", and Warner Bros.' greatest
unseen star. Blanc's 1980 will is 11 pages, with a 3 page 1983 codicil.
Two page Petition for Probate also included.
Big Dan Blocker played the character HOSS on TV's durable
western BONANZA. His will consists of 13 pages to which we have added a2
page claim for $691,000 by none other than his co-star Lorne Greene, as
well as 4 pages of funeral information.
Bogie left behind a 13 page will to which we have added
the petition by wife Lauren Bacall to the courts that she be allowed to
decline executrix duties to the estate. Also included in this file of documents
(all public information) is Bogart's death certificate.
Surely one of Hollywood's best song & dance men,
probably best known as the SCARECROW from The WIZARD OF OZ. Bolger's will
is 10 pages long and is very generous with its bequests. Also included
is a 2 page Petition for Probate and 2 pages of funeral information.
Bond, one of our favorite cowboy/character actors (remember
WAGON TRAIN?), left a short 3 page will, with one of his bequests going
to his friend John Wayne. Included in this package are a 2 page Petition
for Probate, a 1 page Inventory and Appraisement, and 2 pages of funeral
Stage, screen, radio, and television actor, probably
best remembered for his role in BEN HUR. Boyd left a simple 3 page will,
which we supplemented with the Order for Probate, Letters of Testamentary,
the Inventory and Appraisement of the estate, plus a petition to compromise
litigation against the estate and the death certificate.
We were challenged by a customer to find the last will
& testament of HOPALONG CASSIDY, and are pleased to have it in our
collection. Boyd's will is 4 interesting pages, and to round out the package
we have added the 3 page Petition for Probate and a 6 page Petition for
Preliminary Disposition plus a copy of the death certificate.
Known as one of the screen's great lovers, Boyer committed
suicide a few days after the death of his wife. We offer a 25 page file
which includes his will, codicil, both (in French, with English translations)
petitions for probate, and an evaluation of his estate.
MARLON BRANDO $20.00
Arguably “the greatest actor of all time,” Brando was
often imitated, but never duplicated. Though he made less than 50 films in a
career that spanned just over 50 years, Brando was credited for bringing “real”
acting to his film and stage roles. This wonderful 40 page file includes his
last will and testament and codicil thereto, the Petition for Probate, the
Notice of Publication, Waivers (one signed by his son, Christian Brando) and
other documents which place the value of his estate at in excess of $21 million.
Playing opposite all of Warner's greatest actresses, including Barbara Stanwyck,
Olivia de Havilland, and (his rumored long-time lover) Bette Davis, the suave,
generally gallant Brent was typically cast as a gentlemanly, romantic leading
man. Brent died intestate, but we offer 25+ pages of probate documents
pertaining to his estate, including an appraisal of same.
Bridges, a small screen star of giant proportions, starred
in 50's SEA HUNT, the country's most successful syndicated show. Bridges
worked right to the end, winning even more new fans with his spoofy portrayals
in the AIRPLANE and HOT SHOTS films. His will is 10 pages, to which
we add an additional 12 pages of petitions, and an initial (partial) inventory
of his estate.
JOE E. BROWN $10.00
ALIBI IKE himself. Brown is certainly one of films' more
underrated funnymen (and a heck of an acrobat to boot). We have his 9 page
will plus the 2 page petition for probate.
ROSCOE LEE BROWN $15.00
Browne assembled a rather impressive body of work on stage, screen and television, and was once
described as having "a baritone voice like a sable coat." Mr. Browne
died intestate, but this 45 page file includes the Petition for Probate (which
also indicates the value of the estate) plus a large creditor’s claim filed by
Laurence Fishburne, the gentleman who stepped up and covered the bulk of
Browne’s last illness and funeral cost. The breakdown of Fishburne’s claim makes for a fascinating new file. NEW FILE
As a director Browning had at least 25 unimportant productions
until his first success with THE UNHOLY THREE, followed in 1931 when he
directed Bela Lugosi in DRACULA and in 1932 by FREAKS. Once dubbed "the
Edgar Allan Poe of the cinema," his 26 page file includes his 1962 will
and codicil (loaded with bequests), petitions, and a very thorough inventory
and appraisement of Browning's estate. Death certificate included.
Brynner, probably best known for his unforgettable role
in THE KING AND I, left behind a generous 15 page will with several interesting
bequests. Also included is a fascinating 8 page transcript regarding a
sizable trust for two of Brynner's adopted children, complicated by the
fact that the children were adopted in France and that Brynner was a Swiss
citizen. Interesting reading.
Just about the last of the vaudeville originals, Burns'
1995 will (drafted one year before his death at 100 years) is 10 pages,
to which we add the 6 page Petition to Administer Estate, 2 page Petition
for Probate, the Letters Testamentary, and 2 page Notice to Creditors.
This a file we thought would never make it to Probate, so our researchers
were truly excited to find it.
Burr, (PERRY MASON, REAR WINDOW, and countless other
character roles) left a 9 page will, leaving everything to his long-time
companion, actor Robert Benevides, while disinheriting his brother and
sister. Also included are the 3 page Petition for Probate, plus several
pages of creditor's claims for his last illness.
Hard-drinking, hard-loving and twice married to Elizabeth
Taylor (no small fete in itself) Burton was an actor of extreme dimension.
His last will and testament is 11 detailed pages in length, to which we
add the British Grant for Probate.