EXCLUSIVE: Mystery Woman In Gary Coleman's New Will Was His Girlfriend, Says Lawyer

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Jun. 14 2010, Published 11:45 a.m. ET

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Anna Gray, the mystery woman named as executor of Gary Coleman’s estate in his new will, was the TV star’s former girlfriend, has learned exclusively.

Gray, who was named in a 2005 will as the executor and beneficiary to Coleman’s estate, dated the star of the 1980s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes for a number of years, her lawyer told

“They were good friends, worked together and had a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship for quite a while,” Gray's attorney Randy Kester told in an exclusive interview.

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“I don’t have any personal knowledge whether or not they had a sexual relationship, but Gary and Anna were boyfriend-girlfriend, that is my understanding.”

Gray and Coleman split up when the actor met and married Shannon Price, Kester said.

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“I don’t know the nature of the ending of the relationship other than I know Ms. Price was the cause of the break-up,” he told

The will, filed with 4th District Court in Provo, Utah, names Gray as executor.

If valid, it supersedes the 1999 will already entered for probate by the actor's former manager, Dion Mial. 

Kester, who was also Coleman's attorney during his divorce to Price, said the 2005 will also strikes through the handwritten codicil that gives all assets to his ex-wife, including Coleman’s $315,000 home in Santaquin.

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Kester said, “By operation of Utah law, when they divorced, that terminates the effectiveness of the codicil.”

“Of all the papers that I have seen, this is the one prepared and filed without being influenced by the one who is designated as being the beneficiary.”

Price and her attorneys are scheduled to appear at a hearing Monday to discuss Coleman's affairs.

More than two weeks after his death, the body of the Diff’rent Strokes star remains at Lake Hill Mortuary in Sandy, Utah.

No funeral or memorial has taken place.

Kester said Gray hoped the court would honor Coleman’s last wishes of cremation.

“We would then preserve the ashes to determine where they go,” he said.

“However, one of Anna’s wishes is that before the court grants an order to cremate the body, that she is allowed to see Gary one more time.

“She has some real fond feelings for the guy.”



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