Friday, May 24, 2024

Just What She Needed: Paulina Porizkova Co-Owned Townhouse with Ric Ocasek, Got at Least $5 Mil from Sale


Let’s get something straight here. Paulina Porizkova is not homeless or bereft following the death of her almost ex husband, Ric Ocasek of the Cars.

The recent sale of their townhouse at 140 East 19th St. netted $10 million. Paulina was a co-owner of the house. She walked away with at least $5 million. I’m told it was more, that Paulina put up the money for the house when they first bought it years ago.

Today’s New York Post story paints Paulina as a weeping widow who faces life alone in the big city. LOL. First of all, she’s been living with boyfriend, “Bill and Ted” screenwriter Ed Solomon, for years. Ocasek actually died on Solomon’s birthday, which is pretty weird. The Post story omits Solomon altogether.

The Post story is incorrect about Paulina and Ric’s life together the last couple of years. He wrote in his will that she “abandoned” him. “I have made no provision for my wife … as we are in the process of divorcing. Even if I should die before our divorce is final … Paulina is not entitled to any elective share … because she has abandoned me,” Ocasek wrote in his surprise will.

Indeed, when Paulina “discovered” that Ric was dead, she hadn’t been at his house all night. He’d just gotten out of the hospital after a heart attack and a cancer diagnosis. It’s incredible to read now that he was left alone in his house with that news. No nurse? No aide? No family member?

Ocasek seems to have gotten the last laugh, listing $5 million in royalties in his will. He was probably worth around $100 million. He wrote all of the Cars’ hits including “Drive,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Shake it Up,” “Let’s Go” and so on. The records are perennial sellers. But more importantly, the publishing rights give Ocasek’s estate– or trusts he assigned– wheelbarrels full of money.

Paulina herself, meantime, I’m told made a boatload of money herself as a model. It’s well invested. Sources tell me her affair with Solomon was what really plagued Ocasek, and his last minute legal moves are what she’s really mourning. It’s unlikely a judge is going to undo Ocasek’s wishes. As he sang on his first album, “Bye, Bye, Love.”



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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