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Julie Garber

Update on Elizabeth Taylor's Estate - Actress Leaves Bequest to Ex-Husband Larry Fortensky

By April 24, 2011

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While it has become apparent that Elizabeth Taylor wanted to keep the details of her final wishes private by using a revocable living trust as the governing document of her estate plan, that hasn't kept one of her beneficiaries from spilling the beans publicly about what he is going to receive from the late actress's estate. Today in an interview with London's The Mail, Taylor's eighth and final husband, Larry Fortensky, revealed that he recently received a letter from the late actress's attorneys informing him that she had bequeathed him over $800,000.

Taylor and Fortensky, a construction worker, married in 1991 after meeting while both were in rehab at the Betty Ford Center (her for pills, him for booze). The couple divorced in 1996, but according to Fortensky his ex-wife was paying him $1,000 a month at the time of her death because she thought he "could use a little help." Fortensky admitted that while he accepted the money, he never asked for it. Instead, several years ago Fortensky's sister, Donna, told Ms. Taylor that her ex-husband was suffering from severe financial woes and that's when the checks started to arrive. Fortensky also stated that he was in "regular contact" with Ms. Taylor and had just spoken to her right before she entered the hospital for the last time. Don't be surprised if Mr. Fortensky's interview causes other beneficiaries of Elizabeth Taylor's estate to loosen their lips too.

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