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Cary Grant Will Leaves Estate To Wife, Daughter, Friends, Charities

December 4, 1986 GMT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Cary Grant left $255,000 to friends and charities and left his home and furnishings to his wife, and stipulated the rest of the estate should be divided between his wife and daughter, according to provisions of the deceased actor’s will.

In his will, filed Wednesday, Grant also declared that items from his natty wardrobe could go to such friends as Frank Sinatra and financier and MGM/UA Communications Corp. chief Kirk Kerkorian.

Grant died of a stroke Saturday in Davenport, Iowa, where he was to give a one-man show discussing his career. His body was returned Los Angeles the next day and cremated. In accordance with his wishes, there was no funeral.

The will leaves Grant’s fifth wife, Barbara Harris Grant, his Beverly Hills home and all his ″tangible personal property,″ including household furniture, art works and automobiles.

In the will, which was signed Nov. 26, 1984, Grant’s wife also receives half the remaining estate, while the other half will be held in a trust fund over a period of years for his 20-year-old daughter, Jennifer, said attorney Jay J. Stein.

In accordance with California law, the will filed in Santa Monica Superior Court disclosed only that the estate’s value was more than $10,000. Stein refused to disclose the the exact value, but it is believed to be several million.

Grant left his bookkeeper, Joseph Marin, $100,000; Dr. Mortimer Hartman, a friend, $10,000; his attorney Stanley E. Fox’s granddaughter Justine, $10,000; Fox’s son James, $10,000; and Svetlana Lustig, an employee, $25,000, according to the will.

Also included in the will are bequests of $50,000 to the Motion Picture Relief Fund; $25,000 to the John Tracy Clinic; and $25,000 to Variety Club International, all groups which have received much of their support from the entertainment industry.

Jennifer Grant is the daughter of Dyan Cannon, Grant’s fourth wife. She is the only child the actor had from his five marriages.