With an acting career that spanned four decades, Edie McClurg is battling dementia. Her family is trying to obtain court intervention so that they can step in to manage her affairs.
Neurological tests have shown that 67-year old actress Edie McClurg, best known for her role in the 1986 movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, is no longer able to live on her own without help. In addition, her poor judgment and evident dementia make her vulnerable to undue influence.
Family and friends have recently filed court documents requesting a conservatorship to manage her affairs.
A conservatorship is a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (“conservator”) to care for another adult (the “conservatee”) who is unable to care for herself or manage her own finances. In Virginia, the court petition for Conservatorship would also need to include the appointment of a Guardian for the incapacitated adult so that the Guardian could make healthcare decisions as well.
Court documents show that her family and friends have an immediate concern about a 72-year-old male friend, who has been living with McClurg for several years. The individual has discussed marrying her. However, McClurg’s family and friends don’t believe she’s capable of understanding their relationship. They also allege that he’s been verbally abusive and tried to compel her to sign documents altering her estate planning. The filing asked the court to appoint McClurg’s cousin, Angelique Cabral, as the conservator.
McClurg played Grace, who was the assistant of Principal Edward R. Rooney in the 1986 teen comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick. She made her film debut in the 1976 horror movie Carrie by director Brian De Palma based on a novel by Stephen King.
McClurg’s film credits also include A River Runs Through It; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; andBack to School. The actress also has done voice work on film and television including The Little Mermaid, Frozen, Wreck-It-Ralph and A Bug’s Life.
McClurg was born and reared in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University.
Incapacity planning is part of a comprehensive estate plan. The goal is to document an individual’s wishes the moment early signs of dementia occur. In this way, the individual is protected and their wishes for their own care can be expressed and documented.
Reference: Daily Mail (February 2, 2019) “Edie McClurg of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off suffers from dementia prompting family to seek conservator”