dennis hopper victoria duffy Dennis Hopper's estate up for grabs by wife Victoria DuffyDennis Hopper, who died Saturday (May 29) from complications of prostate cancer, has been trying to divorce his wife of 12 years — Victoria Hopper — since January. But his death at age 74 — before the divorce could be made final — will now leave his estate up for grabs.

]]>TMZ reports that Victoria has been living in a separate, although connected, house on Hopper’s property, as allowed by the court. She will no doubt argue in the upcoming probate hearings that they were therefore legally living together. The couple has a daughter, Galen Grier Hopper, born in 2003. It’s sad that this marriage came to such a bitter end. When the Dish Rag talked with Dennis in 2001, when he had been sober for 18 years, he told me that it was Victoria who first spoke to him in 1992 at Rebecca’s, a Venice restaurant Hopper frequented, where she was working as a hostess. “I had been separated from my last wife for just a week and I was eating alone. She seated me and then came over and said, ‘I don’t want to bother you now but when you’re finished, would you mind if I asked you about your art. I just saw your show at the James Corcoran Gallery and I’d like to discuss it with you.’ We have been together ever since.” I asked Hopper if Victoria’s horse sense (literally, she rides and trains high strung thoroughbred horses) is why their marriage worked so well. He admitted: “Victoria just knows how to deal with me. If she sees me in a mood, she comes over, touches me and says, ‘How are things going?’ But if she needs to stay away, she stays away. She has an understanding. We just don’t get into confrontations.” Like all good things, that apparently came to an end. Sad. Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credit: Getty Images

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead