February 9, 2014 |
Dear Liz: My wife of 34 years died five years ago. Her father is 94. He has accumulated a large amount of wealth over the last 40 years. I always made a point of staying out of financial discussions between my father-in-law and his daughters. He told us for years that upon his death all his wealth is to be divided between us (my wife and me) and her sister. Recently, a gold digger reappeared on the scene. My father-in-law and his late wife took her in at a young age when her parents died.
January 5, 2014 |
When the Crawley clan of "Downton Abbey" returns to American television this weekend, I will take more than a sporting interest in the fate of the newly widowed Lady Mary. As someone who was widowed at a relatively young age myself, my fondest hope is this: that she will be no lady. Perhaps she can help the rest of us sort out what constitutes proper behavior for a woman whose husband has died. Being a widow is one of the few female roles for which social norms still lag in a bygone era, reinforced by literature and popular culture.
December 30, 2013 |
Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze's widow, is engaged to be married, four years after her first husband's 2009 death. Niemi, 57, and Swayze, who died at 57 after a nearly two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer, were married for 34 years. Swayze of course starred in films including "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost. " Albert DePrisco, 58 and a jeweler, proposed on Christmas Eve, Niemi's rep told People over the weekend. The two have been dating for a year and a half after meeting through mutual friends at a birthday party for Niemi, the magazine said.
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December 20, 2013 |
Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Gantt told his wife to remarry if he didn't come back from the war. She told him no. He had a hard enough time getting her to say yes. He was it. For 63 years, the World War II and Korean War veteran was missing in action and presumed dead, but Clara Gantt, 94, held out hope and never remarried. On a cold, dark Friday morning on the Los Angeles International Airport tarmac, the widow stood from her wheelchair and cried as her husband's flag-draped casket arrived home.
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December 5, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by a Marine widow who claimed she was convicted of murdering her husband because investigators and prosecutors unfairly focused on her libertine lifestyle. After Sgt. Todd Sommer, 23, died mysteriously in February 2002, his widow, Cynthia, had her breasts enlarged, had sex with three other Marines, held raucous parties and participated in a thong and wet T-shirt contest in Tijuana. In November 2007, a Superior Court jury convicted Cynthia Sommer of murdering her husband, largely on the basis of forensic evidence showing traces of arsenic in his body.
November 21, 2013 |
T.S. Eliot never lived to see the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical "Cats," based on Eliot's collection of poems "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. " But Eliot's second wife and widow, Valerie, did live long enough to profit from the musical, amassing a sizable fortune from the royalties, which she used at least in part to buy art. On Wednesday, Valerie Eliot's art collection was auctioned off for approximately $12.9 million, including buyers' premium, at a Christie's auction in London.