Elizabeth Edwards Cuts John Out of Will: 5 Famous Estate Shockers
Given the Edwardses' troubled marriage and John Edwards' infidelities, it's not too surprising that John went unmentioned in her will, which was dated just six days before Elizabeth died of cancer Dec. 7.
Here, Surge Desk rounds up some of the most memorable snubs and insults from the last wills and testaments of the famous.
1. Leona Helmsley: The so-called "queen of mean," a hotel owner and real estate investor, died at the age of 87 in 2007 with an estate valued at more than $4 billion. Most of the assets went into a charitable trust. There were some surprises: Though she left millions to her grandsons, she did so on the condition that they visit the grave of their father -- Helmsley's son -- each year. If they failed to make the trip, they were to be cut off.
Even more surprising: She explicitly cut off two other grandchildren -- and left $12 million for the care of her beloved dog, Trouble.
2. Joan Crawford: When the famous actress died in 1977, she had an estate worth an estimated $2 million. She left two of her adopted children $77,500 each but left nothing for her two other adopted children, saying, "It is my intention to make no provision herein for my son Christopher or my daughter Christina for reasons which are well known to them."
3. Charlotte Payne-Townshend Shaw: The Irish-born wife of famous playwright George Bernard Shaw died in 1943. Her will contained $263,000 intended "to polish the manners of the Irish." How rude.
4. Eugene O'Neill: The playwright left his second wife when his daughter Oona was 2 years old, and their relationship never really got better. After semi-reconciling when his daughter was a teenager, Oona infuriated her father by marrying Charlie Chaplin. She was 18; Chaplin was 56. The two went on to have eight children, but they got no support from Oona's father: He disinherited her.
5. Michael Jackson: The King of Pop left everything to his children and mother, leaving nothing for his father or his famous siblings.
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