Former CIA director William Casey left his entire estate to his wife Sophia, according to court papers. The five-page will was filed June 24 in Nassau County Surrogate Court in New York; the court papers do not detail Casey's assets and say only that the estate is worth more than $500,000.
According to his government financial disclosure statements, however, Casey, who died May 6 at the age of 74, was a multimillionaire. Under pressure from Congress in 1983, he put assets worth at least $3.4 million and perhaps more than $7 million into a blind trust. More specific figures are unavailable because reporting forms provide broad ranges for valuation.
It is known, however, that in 1985 Casey put an estimated $7 million worth of stock into the blind trust. His only child, Bernadette C. Smith of Oyster Bay, N.Y., is listed as the only distributee.
Casey collapsed from a brain seizure in December on the day he was to testify before Congress about the diversion of funds from the Iran arms sale to the Nicaraguan rebels. He later underwent surgery for a cancerous brain tumor, and his death was attributed to pneumonia stemming from lymphoma.
Vanessa Williams Has a Baby
Vanessa Williams, who in 1984 was the first black woman to be named Miss America, has given birth to her first child, her husband announced Friday. Melanie Lynne Hervey, weighing 8 pounds and measuring 20 1/2 inches, was born Thursday in Los Angeles, said Ramon Hervey II, Williams' husband and manager. Melanie and her mother are doing well, Hervey said.
Williams resigned her title of Miss America several months after the competition when nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.
Diana & Charles, Rocking With Genesis
Princess Diana, accompanied by her husband Prince Charles, wore a slinky purple satin suit to the London performance of the rock group Genesis Saturday. Diana clicked her fingers and drummed on her knees to the music, while the more staid Charles nodded his head in time to the beat and tapped his knees during the faster songs.
The royal couple chatted with Phil Collins and the other members of the band before the sold-out concert at Wembley Stadium. The proceeds from the benefit concert, the last of a 112-date world tour that kept the band on the road for 10 months, will go to Charles' charity for British youngsters, the Prince's Trust.
Wall Street Journal, Out of the Picture
The Wall Street Journal apparently doesn't want to be associated with scandal, even if it's just in a movie. Director Oliver Stone, who is filming "Wall Street," a movie about greed and scandal in the world of high finance, said the newspaper threatened him with legal action if he showed a copy of the paper on film.
The Oscar-winning director had his cast and crew working overtime on July 4 shooting scenes in the news room of the New York Daily News to finish production before the looming Directors Guild strike. Instead of showing a copy of The Journal, Stone said, he'll show the Financial Times.
Dexter Gordon Detained
Airport police in Paris detained celebrated tenor sax player Dexter Gordon for five hours last week because of a 1967 drunk-driving charge, the musician said. He was released after his passport was found to be in good order.
"I adore Paris, I adore France. But I resent the fact that such cheap people are allowed to bother me," the 64-year-old jazz star told a news conference Friday. Gordon's driver's license was taken away following the drunk-driving incident 20 years ago. Gordon arrived Tuesday for a highly publicized jazz concert scheduled for yesterday.
Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award for his leading role in the film " 'Round Midnight," most of which took place in Paris. He started his career at 17 in Lionel Hampton's orchestra and has played with such jazz greats as Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.
-- Compiled from wire reports
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