Dennis Hopper, who died Saturday (May 29) from complications of prostate cancer, has been trying to divorce his wife of 12 years — Victoria Hopper — since January. But his death at age 74 — before the divorce could be made final — will now leave his estate up for grabs.
]]>TMZ reports that Victoria has been
living in a separate, although connected, house on Hopper’s
property, as allowed by the court. She will no doubt argue in the
upcoming probate hearings that they were therefore legally living together. The couple has a daughter, Galen Grier Hopper, born in 2003.
sad that this marriage came to such a bitter end. When the Dish Rag talked with
Dennis in 2001, when he had been sober for 18 years, he told me that it was Victoria who first spoke to him
in 1992 at Rebecca’s, a Venice restaurant Hopper frequented, where she
was working as a hostess.
“I had been separated from my last
wife for just a week and I was eating alone. She seated me and then
came over and said, ‘I don’t want to bother you now but when you’re
finished, would you mind if I asked you about your art. I just saw your
show at the James Corcoran Gallery and I’d like to discuss it with
you.’ We have been together ever since.”
I asked Hopper if
Victoria’s horse sense (literally, she rides and trains high strung thoroughbred
horses) is why their marriage worked so well.
“Victoria just knows how to deal with me. If she sees me in a mood, she
comes over, touches me and says, ‘How are things going?’ But if she
needs to stay away, she stays away. She has an understanding. We just
don’t get into confrontations.”
Like all good things, that apparently came to an end. Sad.
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