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Monday, August 20

John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, was one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time. A peace activist and multi millionaire Lennon was shot dead by a crazed fan. He left a legacy that will live forever and a giant fortune to his wife Yoko Ono. He also left a disgruntled son, Julian, who wages a battle lasting almost two decades for his share of his father's fortune and history. Show Less
John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, was one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time. A peace activist and multi m...Show More

As one of the Fab Four who comprised The Beatles, George Harrison reinvented rock and roll and, in the process, became one of the biggest rock stars of all time. After developing an interest in Indian culture and mysticism, his attention turned to charity as he organized numerous benefits to help those less fortunate and promote Eastern ideas of peacefulness. After dying at age 58 due to lung cancer, however, his desire for peace and love appeared lost on those who scrambled to grab a piece of the fortune he left behind. Show Less
As one of the Fab Four who comprised The Beatles, George Harrison reinvented rock and roll and, in the process, became one of the bigg...Show More

John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, was one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time. A peace activist and multi millionaire Lennon was shot dead by a crazed fan. He left a legacy that will live forever and a giant fortune to his wife Yoko Ono. He also left a disgruntled son, Julian, who wages a battle lasting almost two decades for his share of his father's fortune and history. Show Less
John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, was one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time. A peace activist and multi m...Show More

As one of the Fab Four who comprised The Beatles, George Harrison reinvented rock and roll and, in the process, became one of the biggest rock stars of all time. After developing an interest in Indian culture and mysticism, his attention turned to charity as he organized numerous benefits to help those less fortunate and promote Eastern ideas of peacefulness. After dying at age 58 due to lung cancer, however, his desire for peace and love appeared lost on those who scrambled to grab a piece of the fortune he left behind. Show Less
As one of the Fab Four who comprised The Beatles, George Harrison reinvented rock and roll and, in the process, became one of the bigg...Show More

John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, was one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time. A peace activist and multi millionaire Lennon was shot dead by a crazed fan. He left a legacy that will live forever and a giant fortune to his wife Yoko Ono. He also left a disgruntled son, Julian, who wages a battle lasting almost two decades for his share of his father's fortune and history. Show Less
John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, was one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time. A peace activist and multi m...Show More

As one of the Fab Four who comprised The Beatles, George Harrison reinvented rock and roll and, in the process, became one of the biggest rock stars of all time. After developing an interest in Indian culture and mysticism, his attention turned to charity as he organized numerous benefits to help those less fortunate and promote Eastern ideas of peacefulness. After dying at age 58 due to lung cancer, however, his desire for peace and love appeared lost on those who scrambled to grab a piece of the fortune he left behind. Show Less
As one of the Fab Four who comprised The Beatles, George Harrison reinvented rock and roll and, in the process, became one of the bigg...Show More

Monday, August 27

Bob Marley - the king of reggae - revolutionized music and had an everlasting affect on society. When he died at 36 he'd changed the world with his music - and created a multi-million dollar legacy. But without a will and with 11 children, 7 baby mommas, and 21 ex band members, the battle for his name and fortune was dirtier than he could have ever imagined. Though Marley cared little for money, in the years since his death, his fortune grew larger than life. With his empowering message came a powerful fortune. Show Less
Bob Marley - the king of reggae - revolutionized music and had an everlasting affect on society. When he died at 36 he'd changed the w...Show More

The Prince of Soul, Marvin Gaye pushed the limits of rhythm and blues like no artist before him. When he was shot dead by his father he left a legacy that can be heard in the most successful black singers that came after him and more than 9 million dollars debt. When Gaye was alive he was too busy spending his fortune on his addictions to make a will, leaving 3 children, 2 ex-wives and more than 20 creditors hell bent on getting their share. Show Less
The Prince of Soul, Marvin Gaye pushed the limits of rhythm and blues like no artist before him. When he was shot dead by his father h...Show More

The hardest working man in show-business, James Brown was arguably more essential to the development of modern music than any other man – including Elvis. But he was also a hard man to love, notorious for his numerous addictions, as well the numerous women he loved – and children he fathered. Upon his death in 2006, those he loved – either for years or for just a little while – began turning on one another, in a rough and tumble battle for the money he’d left behind. Show Less
The hardest working man in show-business, James Brown was arguably more essential to the development of modern music than any other ma...Show More

Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status as a music pioneer. The blind piano man with the distinctive voice is credited with virtually inventing soul music. His tumultuous personal life left him with 12 children by 10 different women. When he died at age 73 Ray left a messy estate that had loved ones dragging his name through the courts for years. He was the first major recording artist to get control over his recordings with a big label creating a lifetime of valuable intellectual property. It earned him a fortune that keeps growing to this day. Show Less
Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status as a music pioneer. The blind piano man with the dis...Show More

The hardest working man in show-business, James Brown was arguably more essential to the development of modern music than any other man – including Elvis. But he was also a hard man to love, notorious for his numerous addictions, as well the numerous women he loved – and children he fathered. Upon his death in 2006, those he loved – either for years or for just a little while – began turning on one another, in a rough and tumble battle for the money he’d left behind. Show Less
The hardest working man in show-business, James Brown was arguably more essential to the development of modern music than any other ma...Show More

Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status as a music pioneer. The blind piano man with the distinctive voice is credited with virtually inventing soul music. His tumultuous personal life left him with 12 children by 10 different women. When he died at age 73 Ray left a messy estate that had loved ones dragging his name through the courts for years. He was the first major recording artist to get control over his recordings with a big label creating a lifetime of valuable intellectual property. It earned him a fortune that keeps growing to this day. Show Less
Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status as a music pioneer. The blind piano man with the dis...Show More

Thursday, August 30

A Hollywood rebel with dangerous predilections for drugs, booze and violence, Dennis Hopper was a true original. Though he constantly skirted the line between star and outcast, for more than four decades he maintained a career that any actor would envy. But upon the public announcement that he was dying, Hopper shocked the world – and his family – by announcing his desire for a divorce. And the ugly battle that followed his passing would rival any of the dust-ups he started while he was alive. Show Less
A Hollywood rebel with dangerous predilections for drugs, booze and violence, Dennis Hopper was a true original. Though he constantly ...Show More

Forever remembered as the teenage rebel who died too young, James Dean only made three films before his early, untimely demise in 1955. Nonetheless, the legend that grew from his story turned him into an even bigger star in death than he had ever been in life. The irony of his posthumous fame is that though he died with little money in the bank, in the decades that followed, his name and his face came to be worth millions… Provoking an endless fight over who controlled his legacy and who got to pocket those millions. Show Less
Forever remembered as the teenage rebel who died too young, James Dean only made three films before his early, untimely demise in 1955...Show More

Saturday, September 01

The famed ‘90s rapper was a prolific talent and a triple threat - he acted, sang and got in trouble with the law. When he died in a drive by shooting at just 25 he left a legacy that can be heard in every rapper who grew up in the nineties and a 5 million dollar debt to his heirs. He also left hours of unpublished music and a litany of lawsuits longer than a gangsta's rap sheet. Show Less
The famed ‘90s rapper was a prolific talent and a triple threat - he acted, sang and got in trouble with the law. When he died in a ...Show More

Sunday, September 02

Hailed as perhaps the greatest young actor of his generation, Australian actor and heart throb Heath Ledger headed to America in the late 1990s to take a shot at Hollywood stardom. In just a few years, he established himself as a bonafide superstar, winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Brokeback Mountain and delivering an iconic performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. But when he died of a drug overdose at just 28-years-of-age, he left behind a small fortune – and even more scandalously, a possible love child. Show Less
Hailed as perhaps the greatest young actor of his generation, Australian actor and heart throb Heath Ledger headed to America in the l...Show More

About Celebrity Legacies

Can someone actually become wealthier after they die? In this revealing hour-long factual series viewers will find out how rich the famous actually were when they died and the surprising fortunes being made years after they’re gone. Celebrity Legacies gives the full story on who tried to lay claim to the inheritance and who finally got it. Plus, which celebrities lived lavishly but passed on penniless and who inherited their debts? Celebrity Legacies also looks at how some celebrity’s fortunes have grown since they passed and how some are still making the highest-paid lists years after their death. Celebrity Legacies will explore the stories and estates of Whitney Houston, James Gandolfini, John F. Kennedy Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger among others.

Anna Nicole Smith was a beautiful, troubled woman who died far too young, but she had an indomitable spirit. From her days of fame and fortune to her days of infamy and bankruptcy, she was always candid, funny, and true to herself. Here's a list of 17 of the things we loved most about Anna.Before she made it big, Anna Nicole (then Vicky Lynn Hogan) worked as a Chicken Slinger at Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, Texas. We just can’t help b...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Tupac Shakur's estate. Tupac Shakur was well-known for his "Thug" image, his rap prowess, and his many conflicts — leading up to the tragic shooting that took his life at age 25.  So should anyone be surprised at the high number of legal battles in...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Dennis Hopper's estate. When is a divorce more than just a divorce?  When famed actor Dennis Hopper battled through an ugly divorce against his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy-Hopper, the battle was more about Dennis Hopper's estate than anything else. ...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Aaron Spelling's estate. What would it be like to grow up in a 123-room mansion in a swanky Los Angeles suburb, rubbing elbows with celebrities, and buying anything you want?  Sounds pretty great — unless it was all taken away from you as an adult....

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Marlon Brando's estate. Unquestionably, Marlon Brando was one of the leading actors of the 20th century.  The well-known Godfather was always in firm control ... until it came to his estate that is. Marlon Brando never followed convention.  He won...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Elizabeth Taylor’s estate. Elizabeth Taylor is known for many things: her successful acting career, recognition as perhaps the ultimate icon of Hollywood glitz and glamour, standing up as a champion for AIDS research, her popular perfume, and, of co...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Marilyn Monroe's estate. Marilyn Monroe left a legacy that seems to grow brighter each year.  Monroe's image and likeness were so valuable that a multi-million dollar lawsuit over her publicity rights raged on, more than fifty years after she died, u...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Farrah Fawcett's estate.  When someone mentions Farrah Fawcett, most people think of her looks.  But what about her brains — her financial savvy in particular?  The actress and model who rose to fame as one of Charlie's Angels planned well to pro...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over John Wayne's estate. The popularity of the Duke has never waned.  But are John Wayne's heirs going too far in profiting off of his legacy?  And what does Duke University have to say about it? With a movie career that spanned fifty years, there is n...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Kurt Cobain's estate. It has been more than twenty years since Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, died from a shotgun blast to his head, at age 27. His talent, passion, and creativity launched a new movement for not only rock music, but American...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Elvis Presley's estate. Elvis Presley earned more than one billion dollars during his career... so why was his estate worth only about ten million dollars when he died?  How did things get even worse for his heirs afterwards? And what would Elvis sa...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over John Lennon's estate. When John Lennon of the Beatles was tragically murdered in 1980, his controversial widow, Yoko Ono, took charge of his legacy and his fortune... but where did that leave his two sons? As arguably the most successful songwriter of...

Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies.  Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Whitney Houston's estate. Whitney Houston's fortune bounced from sky-high to significant debt.  What did this mean for her estate?  And was it money — or something else — behind Whitney's ugly legal battle with her "step-mother"? How exactly...