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Monday, October 27, 2008

Marvin v. Marvin Updated: The Tim Burton Case

Tim_burtonSince we have just posted a Limerick commemorating the most celebrated of palimony cases, Marvin v. Marvin, it is worthy of note that, as MSNBC reports, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon issued an order on September 16th of this year finding that director Tim Burton's ex, Lisa Marie, is not entitled to a share of his wealth based on their long-term relationship. Mr. Burton is pictured at left. Ms. Marie is so breathtakingly beautiful that posting pictures of her cannot be risked. Actually, she is featured in the video below. According to the wikipedia entry for Lisa Marie, the two were engaged from 1993-2001 and during that time, she was seen but not heard in several of Mr. Burton's films. At the time the pair separated, Mr. Burton agreed to provide her with, among other things, $5.5 million, a New York apartment and a car. That agreement was found valid and enforceable. But Lisa Marie claims that she was coerced into signing the agreement, that Mr. Burton had promised during their relationship to support her throughout her life, and that she is now so poor she cannot even afford a proper last name.

This video provides some sense of what the couple's life was like in happier times:

[Jeremy Telman]

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