Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) - Actor & Director Dennis Hopper was an actor, film maker, and artist. As a young man , Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1954 and appeared in two films featuring James Dean. During the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films. He directed and starred in Easy Rider … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
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Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) - Actress & Social Activist Dame Elizabeth "Liz" Taylor was a British-American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age. As one of the world’s most famous stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and her glamorous lifestyle, beauty, and distinctive violet eyes. Her first film success was National Velvet when she was only twelve years old. She won an Academy Award for … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Heath Ledger (1979-2008) - Actor & Music Video Director Heath Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. He first gained recognition in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hat About You and, in his short career, he did nineteen films. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Tony Curtis (195-2010) - Actor Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. Although his early film roles were partly the result of his good looks, by the later half of the1950s, he became a notable and strong screen presence. He began proving himself to be a fine dramatic actor, having a range to act in numerous dramatic and comedic roles. He won his first serious recognition as a skilled dramatic … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Whitney Houston (1963-2012) - Singer, Songwriter, Actress Whitney Houston was an American recording artist, singer, actress, producer, model, and songwriter. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Linda McCartney (1941-1998) - Activist, Photographer, Musician, Entrepreneur Linda McCartney was an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist. In 1969, she married Paul McCartney, and later joined McCartney’s band, Wings. She was granted the courtesy title Lady McCartney when her husband was knighted in 1997. McCartney wrote several vegetarian cookbooks and became a business entrepreneur, starting the Linda McCartney Foods company. As a professional photographer McCartney was … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Howard Hughes, Jr. (1905-1976) - Entrepreneur, Aerospace Engineer & Film Director Howard Hughes was an American business magnate, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, film maker, and philanthropist. While he was alive, he was one of the wealthiest people in the world. As a maverick film producer, Hughes gained prominence in Hollywood from the late 1920s, making big-budget and often controversial films. Hughes was one of the most influential aviators in history. He set multiple world air … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) - Journalist, Novelist Stieg Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer best known for writing the "Millennium series" of crime novels, which were published posthumously. Its last part, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, became the most sold book in the United States in 2010 according to Publishers Weekly. Larsson lived and worked much of his life in Stockholm, in the field of journalism and as an independent researcher of right-wing extremism. Larsson’s political … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
People often try to get a little bit too cute in ways to avoid taxes. This is true whether they are paying taxes now or whether they are trying to avoid taxes on their estates after they die. Unfortunately, the IRS does not give bonus points for looks. Trying to be cute, will result in trouble. No one wants trouble with the IRS, so talk to your estate attorney about making sure you do things right. One recent example of not doing things the right way is what happened to former Yankees pitcher … [Read more...] about Don’t Get Cute With the IRS
Nesta Robert "Bob" Marley - (1945-1981) - Singer-songwriter, Musician, Activist Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician best known for his Reggae records. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for reggae bands The Wailers (1963- 1974) and Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974-1981). Marley remains the most widely known and the best-selling performer of reggae music, having sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. Marley’s music was heavily influenced by the social issues … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?