Friday, July 12, 2024

Shiv, Kendall, Roman, er, James, Lachlan, Elisabeth Get Rid of Rupert Murdoch’s Fiancee


In an episode right out of “Succession.” the Roys– er, the Murdochs — have taken measures in their father’s life.

Vanity Fair reports that Rupert Murdoch’s recent engagement to Daisy Dukes, er, Ann Lesley Smith, is over. He’s 92, she’s 66. Her last husband died after they were married just three years. He was really rich.

James, Lachlan, and Elisabeth Murdoch — who inspired Kendall, Roman, and Shiv Roy — are not stupid. They probably read the engagement announcement in Cindy Adams’ column and had multiple heart attacks. After all, they only recently pried Jerry Hall out of a marriage to their doddering Dad. Remember that wedding? All the Jaggers and Murdochs? They weren’t going to go through that again.

Smith, 66, is a former dental hygienist turned conservative radio host. I wrote about her here. Murdoch told Cindy Adams: “I was very nervous. I dreaded falling in love—but I knew this would be my last. It better be. I’m happy. Then he gave Smith an 11-carat diamond engagement ring said to be at least $2.5 million. 

If you watch “Succession.” that’s when Shiv, Kendall, and Roman would get Geri to step in and nip this thing in the bud. And so they have. The last thing they needed was to deal with Smith in probate court as a widow, no matter what she signed.

And so it ends. Can’t they just find him a sex worker to keep him busy? Poor Rupert. Of course, Logan Roy would have married the fiancee anyway, and cut them all out of his will!

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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