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Tuning in to TV: Hemsley burial held up as will is contested
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The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley, who became famous for his role as television’s George Jefferson, will be kept in refrigeration at an El Paso, Texas, funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will.
In the will Hemsley signed six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24, he named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a “beloved partner,” as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated in court documents to be more than $50,000.
The will is being contested by Richard Thornton of Philadelphia, who claims to be Hemsley’s brother. He said the will might not have been made by the actor.
Ms. Enchinton told the Associated Press on Wednesday that she had been friends with Hemsley and had been his manager for more than 20 years. Over the time she, Hemsley and Hemsley’s friend Kenny Johnston, 76, lived together, she said he never mentioned any relatives.
“Some people come out of the woodwork — they think Sherman, they think money,” Ms. Enchinton said. “But the fact is that I did not know Sherman when he was in the limelight. I met them when [Hemsley and Mr. Johnston] came running from Los Angeles with not one penny, when there was nothing but struggle.”
Mark Davis, listed in court documents as Mr. Thornton’s lawyer in El Paso, did not immediately respond to messages left at his office.
There is no date set for the case to be heard, court officials said. Ms. Enchinton said she hopes it will all be cleared up in court.
The Philadelphia-born Hemsley played Jefferson in the CBS sitcom “All in the Family,” then starred in the spinoff “The Jeffersons” from 1975 to 1985. It was one of TV’s longest-running and most successful sitcoms, particularly noteworthy for its predominantly black cast.
Tori Spelling announces birth of fourth child
There’s a new baby in Tori Spelling’s house.
The “90210” actress gave birth Thursday to a boy named Finn Davey. He weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches from head to toe. Miss Spelling made the announcement on her website and on Twitter.
The baby is the 39-year-old’s fourth child with 44-year-old actor-husband Dean McDermott.
Miss Spelling gave birth to daughter Hattie 10 months ago. She also has a son Liam, 5, and a daughter, Stella, 4. Mr. McDermott has a son, Jack, from a previous marriage.
Miss Spelling said on her website this week that the pregnancy probably would be her last, although she said she was “in love with pregnancy” and called it “the most important job” in her life.
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