LOS ANGELES -- A woman who says she was the adopted sister of Rock Hudson claims she was wrongfully left out of the actor's will and plans to sue for 'as much as the entire estate,' her lawyer said.
When Hudson died in October 1985 at age 59 of AIDS, it was thought that he had left no close relatives, but Alice Waier, 32, of Grants Pass, Ore., now claims she was Hudson's adopted sister and hired lawyers Melvin Belli and Paul Monzione to challenge the will.
The Los Angeles Superior Court filing was delayed Wednesday until some additional probate documents could be reviewed, Monzione said.
'Essentially she was Rock Hudson's half-sister and had maintained a relationship with him over many years,' Monzione said.
Monzione said the suit could be for 'as much as the entire estate.'
Waier, wife of a postal worker and mother of five children, said she last saw Hudson in the late 1970s and talked to him by phone regularly until 1983, apparently about the time he learned he had acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
'My brother and I never had trouble talking, despite the age difference. He was very gentle, very polite, very handsome,' Waier said in Oregon earlier this week.
Waier said she still has a landscaped doll house Hudson built for her when she was a toddler. Other souvenirs include gifts he sent during his travels and a number of letters exchanged among members of the family.
Hudson, born Roy Scherer Jr. in Winnetka, Ill., in 1925, adopted his stepfather's name of Fitzgerald before eventually taking his screen name.
Waier, born more than 20 years later, contends she was adopted by Roy and Florence Scherer when they lived in Southern California.
Through the years, they remained in touch, often at holidays, and shared letters every few months, she said.
Monzione said the suit would 'attack the will on the grounds that had Rock Hudson's intentions been fufilled ... she would have been included in it.'
'She can show the relationship she had with him and that he would have intended to leave her property if not for the undue influence of people around him,' he said.
Following military service, Hudson had returned to Hollywood, where he worked in a variety of jobs, living briefly with the family when Waier was a child.
'She was probably the closest person by way of family in his life,' Monzione said.
When Hudson died in his Beverly Hills mansion, his will left everything to a trust drawn up in 1974 that was to be managed by New York accountant Wallace Sheft.
A provision in the will noted that the actor intentionally omitted any heirs. Court papers said he had 12 living cousins but made no mention of Waier.
During a hearing last December before a probate commissioner, Sheft's lawyer posted an $8.6 million bond but later said the value of Hudson's estate was unknown.
A $14 million suit was filed last November against the estate by Marc Christian, Hudson's homosexual lover, claiming that the actor might have given him AIDS. The estate filed a $2.7 countersuit claiming that Christian blackmailed Hudson out of at least $72,000.