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Falk's Wife vs. Daughter

Jan. 22 2009, Published 12:36 p.m. ET

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It's a familiar story: wealthy figure is ailing and his family is fighting over who gets to run the show. In fact, it's a plot worthy of Columbo, the beloved TV sleuth created by the man at the center of the fight.

Catherine Falk, the daughter of 81 year-old actor Peter Falk has asked that her father, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, be placed under her guardianship. However, ABC News is now reporting that the Emmy-winner's wife of 32 years, Shera Danese Falk, is opposing the bid, claiming that he is already receiving proper care and doesn't have a close relationship with his daughter.

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In her Tuesday Los Angeles Superior Court filing, Shera wrote that the court "need not take the drastic step of taking away Peter's rights under the guise of a conservatorship."

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for next month.

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