Zanuck’s Daughter Files $10 Million Suit Against Father’s Former Mistress
INDIO, Calif. (AP) _ The daughter of movie producer Darryl F. Zanuck is suing her father’s former mistress for $10 million, claiming the woman falsely accused her of forging her father’s will.
The suit, filed Tuesday by Darrylin Zanuck de Pineda of Santa Monica, also said she was falsely accused of exerting undue influence over her father to exclude his former mistress from an October 1973 will.
The suit seeks $5 million for alleged malicious actions, mental anguish and harm to Ms. de Pineda’s reputation. It also seeks $5 million in punitive damages, claiming former mistress Genevieve Gillaizeau was envious of Zanuck’s love for his daughter.
The estate of Zanuck, the co-founder of 20th Century-Fox Studios who died in December 1979, has been the subject of lengthy legal wrangling in Riverside County Superior Court here since June 1980, when Ms. Gillaizeau contested the October 1973 will.
According to court papers in the case, Ms. Gillaizeau, 40, was Zanuck’s lover from 1965 until early 1973.
The will, which mentioned Ms. Gillaizeau only as a forgiven debtor and left the bulk of his fortune to his family, did not reflect Zanuck’s true wishes, she claimed in her case.
She said forgery and undue influence led Zanuck to change a previous will drawn up in February 1973. That will, which Ms. Gillaizeau contended should be upheld, left her 45 percent of his estate.
The value of the estate has not been made public, but Ms. Gillaizeau previously sought $15 million, which she said was 45 percent.
In another inheritance dispute involving the Zanuck family, producer Richard Darryl Zanuck is trying to upset the will of his mother, silent screen star Virginia Fox Zanuck, who died in 1983 leaving most of her fortune to her daughter, Ms. de Pineda.
Richard Zanuck produced the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, ″The Sting.″