What would you do with $2.25 million cash and $600,000 worth of property? What would you do with that fortune if you were a 9-year-old girl? The daughter of late actor Dennis Hopper will have to figure that out.
The Easy Rider actor left the nice chunk of change to his young daughter, Galen Grier Hopper, according to TMZ, which cites legal documents. The bequest is just a fraction of Dennis’ fortune, which included and extensive art collection and properties across the country.
The legal documents reportedly prohibit Galen’s mother, Dennis’ estranged wife Victoria Duffy, any access to the money. The parents were still legally married when Dennis died from prostate cancer in May 2010 at age 74.
Dennis and Victoria met in the early 90s at a restaurant where she worked as a waitress. They married in 1996, but had a tumultuous relationship. Dennis filed for divorce in January 2010. Victoria knew that she had been cut out of the her husband’s will and argued that the divorce settlements didn’t provide enough money for her to raise Galen, their only child.
Galen paid a big price for her inheritance. She was at the center of the ugly battle between her parents. She didn’t even attend her father’s funeral because her mother – who was not welcome there – refused to take her.
Two-and-a-half years after his death, Dennis Hopper’s fortune became even larger. His Venice, California, estate – a 5,000-square-foot house, guest cottage, three two-story condos, pool house – sold for $5 million.
Dennis had three adult children – daughters Marin and Ruthanna and son Henry. Presumably, like their little half-sister, they will receive an inheritance.
Is Galen’s fortune a gift or a curse?