At last! A divorce story more hideous than the Edwardses'! Dennis Hopper, actor, artist, occasional television spokesman for geriatric products, is a nice man but apparently impetuous about getting married, because he has done so five times. Now, at 73, soon after being diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer, he has made the somewhat unorthodox decision to divorce his current wife, 42-year-old Victoria Duffy, as he is dying. As you might expect, this has caused some ugliness.
From the Post this afternoon:
In court documents filed today, Hopper's lawyer, Joe Mannis, said that while his client battles cancer, the actor's 42-year-old wife Victoria Duffy has "repeatedly subjected [him] to severe emotional distress." According to a declaration by Dr. David Agus that was included in the papers, the "presence of his estranged wife is hampering Mr. Hopper's present cancer care." "It is my belief and recommendation that the less Mr. Hopper has to do with his estranged wife at this time, the more likely he is to have his life extended," Agus added.
It might be good for her, as well. Friends tell the paper that Duffy is "exhausted," "depressed," and "X-ray thin," apparently not in a good way.