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Johnny Crawfordan unfamiliar actor at the time, former Mousketeerbaseball fan and Western buff, beat 40 other young stars to play the role of Lucas's son, Mark. Crawford remained on the series from until its cancellation in The Rifleman landed high in the Nielsen ratings until the last season in —63, when it was opposite the highly rated return to television of Lucille Ball on The Lucy Show and ratings began to drop.
The show was cancelled in after five seasons and episodes. Connors with Johnny CrawfordCrawford said of his relationship with Connors: I admired him tremendously. I would bring my baseball and a bat and a couple of gloves whenever we went on location, and at lunchtime I would get a baseball game going, hoping that Chuck would join us.
And he did, but after he came to bat, we would always have trouble finding the ball.
It would be out in the brush somewhere or in a ravine, and so that would end the game. He was always interested in what I was doing and ready with advice, and anxious to help in any way that he could He was a great guy, a lot of fun, great sense of humor, bigger than life, and he absolutely loved people. He was very gregarious and friendly, and not at all bashful I learned a great deal from him about acting, and he was a tremendous influence on me.
He was just my hero. The Luck of the Draw. The post-divorce relationship between Mary Lou, now a yoga instructor, and her ex-husband is said to be harmonious. David is known to be a doting father, obsessively photographing his daughters at school performances. He regularly picks them up from their private school, travelling with them to London and Greece during summers. The relationship hit a turbulent patch inhowever, when Thomson filed a motion for greater custody that was ultimately withdrawn.
By that time David was married to Laurie Ludwick, a slim, blond woman whom he first encountered in an elevator at Toronto's Fitness Institute, an upscale gym, in the late s. Ludwick was born in Calgary in to parents Rose and Floyd, a schoolteacher who went on to work at Shell Canada. She had toiled as a reporter, covering the oil patch for the Financial Post in the mid s before moving to Toronto and public relations at TrizecHahn, a real estate developer.
While dating Thomson she set up her own PR firm with a partner in the financial district. Like Thomson, Ludwick had been married before. Eric Stevenson, her first husband, was a member of the Molson family whom she met in Alberta in the early s.
Married some seven years, they lived for a time in London, where he worked in banking. Little is known about her second husband. Former colleagues remember her as "utterly charming, fun to be around," with a knack for intimacy. A former boss had a different take, calling her "inconsistent" and "highly emotional. Neither wife shared Thomson's passion for art. In cloistered Rosedale, the verdict is more snide.
The couple married in a private ceremony in Thomson's minimalist 10,sq.
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The relationship was on and off from the beginning. With timing reminiscent of his separation from his first wife, David filed a petition for divorce on May 4,their first-year anniversary.
Ludwick's "behaviour and conduct has become intolerable, not to say irrational and bizarre," he claimed in court papers. But the couple reconciled and even travelled to New York seeking fertility treatment. Approaching 40, Ludwick was eager to have a child, despite the fact she'd been told she had less than a five per cent chance of becoming pregnant. The couple separated again. Then, two months before David became Thomson Corp. She continued to release all claim to the matrimonial home and its possessions, and agreed to leave the house 60 days after a separation.
They stayed away from Toronto's social circuit, which some say Laurie, a film-festival and hockey fan, regretted. They did socialize occasionally, throwing a Halloween party at their house for adults and children, organized by Laurie. It was an elaborate event featuring a fortune teller, a balloon artist and a caricaturist for the adults. Laurie wore a sari, David a toga and sandals. Ken Thomson attended dressed up as a newspaperman, a press card tucked into his jacket pocket.
The few who did socialize with them say Laurie was studiously low-key. In the late spring ofjust months after her father's death, Laurie became pregnant at age A few months later, Thomson moved out, alerting Ludwick through a lawyer's letter that he would seek a divorce.
Their official separation date is Oct. Again, father and son have been contrasted. A source describes Ken as the sort of guy who would never leave his wife if she was about to give birth.
In Rosedale and Bay Street, the gossip fallout was epic - and the source of ongoing revelry at Frank magazine - abetted by Laurie's willingness to talk. She had become religious during the marriage, says one former colleague, to the point she said her pregnancy was "God's plan. Thomson's lawyer, Stephen Grant, says it's a "complete coincidence, nothing deliberate.
Her filing, roiling with accusations, is the opening salvo in what could be Canada's most sensational divorce. The allegations - to which Thomson has yet to respond and which remain untested in court - say Thomson's behaviour led to "increased levels of anxiety and depression which have required her to be hospitalized and to obtain psychiatric care and medication. While shopping at the "family butcher," she charges, Ludwick learned - to her "extreme embarrassment" - that Thomson had cancelled her account.
In a letter, Thomson's lawyer said Thomson would "return a share of the Christmas ornaments. Through his lawyer, Thomson charges Ludwick with threatening a Paul Klee and harming a Constable, a letter in court filings reveals - accusations Schmidt rejects.
Thomson "stripped" the house of his possessions, Ludwick charges, while she was visiting her family in Calgary at Christmas, an incident she says contributed to her decision to change the locks on Jan. Court documents note Ludwick is "concerned and upset as to how [Thomson] knew she was out of the Province in advance of his entry and removal of chattels from the matrimonial home. Ludwick's lawyer sent a cease and desist letter on Jan. Ludwick has requested that the courts issue an "order restraining the applicant and his servants and agents from harassing the respondent including an order prohibiting such persons from having the Respondent watched or followed.
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He challenges Ludwick's claims of a "high-risk" pregnancy, citing her decision to fly to Calgary at Christmas.
Legal observers expect the case to set a precedent for "extraordinary" child care expenses in Canada. Already the court filings provide a snapshot into a life with Thomson that Ludwick describes as "opulent and unconstrained. The couple's divorce proceedings could put a lens for the first time on the Byzantine financials of the Thomson scion. Ludwick's lawyer remains dissatisfied with the disclosures of Thomson's finances, which her court papers describe as "complex and enveloped in an intricate corporate structure.
Contacted by Maclean's, Ludwick refused to speak. As mother to the future Thomson lord and heir, however, she won't take leave for decades. Given the Thomsons' distaste for publicity, the prospect of a high-profile divorce, with its attendant disclosures, gives her considerable leverage.
David is said to have distanced himself and is now involved with a woman who works in New York City whom he dated briefy before marrying Ludwick.
Court papers say Ken and Marilyn Thomson have visited the newborn. Sources say he even refused to look at the child at a legal meeting with Ludwick in April. Someone who knows him puts it thus: Yet that freedom left her adrift. There is no question that Taylor, then still known as Lynne, had the presence for a stage and screen career. She started with walk-on roles in American TV miniseries, then studied at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, which she left before finishing.
That she came from money was clear to her colleagues: The exposure led nowhere. Even her father couldn't help. Known to have met on her behalf with film executives in New York City, he also called upon a well-connected friend in Los Angeles in to inquire about parts with a local Shakespeare troupe. Despite a lacklustre audition, she was offered an understudy position.
Thomson was still acting as late asappearing in an episode of Forever Knight, a Canadian series following the adventures of a centuries-old vampire turned Toronto police detective. Gradually, the roles petered out.
Soon, with plans to establish her own production company, Thomson was employing an assistant at the Woodbridge offices to read scripts. The films she helped fund either flopped or are forgotten.
It is not clear whether she realized her plans to build a film company. Shopping is Thomson's one constant. When buying Thai furniture, she does so in Thailand. An assistant at Woodbridge ships the purchases from around the globe, handling import taxes and customs.
A wine collector, she entertains at her homes, mingling in London with the likes of Mark Bolland, one-time aide to Prince Charles, and in Toronto with fellow Burgundy aficionados, including criminal lawyer Clayton Ruby. She's known to leaf through Christie's and Sotheby's catalogues with the same glee others feel thumbing through catalogues from Pottery Barn or Holt Renfew. A Christie's representative assigned to advise the novice buyer is said to have encouraged her to make "just one more" bid to beat her competitor, Ann Getty, of the U.
Thomson was naive, seasoned collectors later said. The urns, which Christie's described as Louis XV vases designed circawere the subject of a lengthy court dispute in London once she became convinced they were fake. The heiress bled money like a martyr: Though she initially won the case, an appeal found that Christie's had not acted improperly and overturned the decision. As the s wore on, Thomson divided her time more and more between Toronto, London and southern California.
Society columnists spotted her in Toronto occasionally, at film festivals dining with the likes of Ivan Fecan, now president and CEO of Bell Globemedia. Sometime in the mids she began calling herself Taylor. Yet the move coincided with an almost total withdrawal from public life. She was living in Venice Beach, Calif. An engineer from Utica, N. Tall and slim, he was "the kind of guy you might see on a yoga mat," one woman recalls.
The Thomsons, reportedly, thought him subpar and dull. He and Thomson enjoyed wine and travel, journeying together to Buddhist retreats in the U. He soon moved into her Rosedale house. Then close to 40, Thomson became pregnant. In mid, she gave birth to a daughter. A year later, the couple separated. The pair's values, always different, had begun to clash. Some say Thomson sought pre-emptively to secure the child's custody in the event of separation; others that she had little use for Kolesa once she became pregnant.
Maybe he was just there for the money, too. Kolesa, according to a relative, was devastated. Though he received a sizeable settlement - he no longer works and refers to himself as "retired" or "self-employed" in online posts - court documents reveal a messy custody dispute. Thomson, meanwhile, continued moving between L. To be near his daughter, Kolesa followed her to southern California, where Thomson settled, attending film school on a student visa.
A breach of the agreement would cause "irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law. The nanny's days began at 7 a. She was to squeeze two drops of "essential oil" into the child's bathwater and, every other day, one of "sweet almond oil. A dress code, meanwhile, stipulated that Miller should wear "black, grey and navy trousers" during the winter, "cream, white, stone colours" in summer while in Toronto - "Same for New York, LA and UK.
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Miller nannied for Taylor in her L. At Christmas, she was brought along to a Rothschild party in London. All the while, Thomson's custody dispute with Kolesa unfolded in Toronto, weighing upon Miller, she says in court documents, in the form of "extreme pressure" to testify in support of Thomson. Though she demanded that her employees sign confidentiality agreements, Thomson saw no conflict in asking staff for affidavits attesting to her good relationship with her daughter Kolesa noted in one proceeding that Thomson's cook, personal assistant and two of her nannies had provided such reports.
It was shortly after an incident in February when her daughter complained of earache and Thomson "ordered that olive oil be cooked with onions and poured into the child's ear," Miller claims in court documents, that the nanny resolved to throw her support behind Kolesa.
Prior to the incident, Miller claims, she had been pressured into not co-operating with Kolesa so as to "curtail the child's exposure to 'Michael's boring middle-class lifestyle. In the spring ofMiller agreed to travel to Toronto and swear an affidavit supporting his bid for more time with the girl.
Arriving in a Toronto courthouse on April 4, however, the nanny was confronted by Thomson's lawyer, who informed her she'd been fired. Following the dismissal, Miller became the target of legal action herself when lawyers, citing the terms of the confidentiality agreement, sought possession of a diary chronicling her time with Thomson. The struggle ended when Miller agreed to have the diary shredded later that year. One Toronto lawyer familiar with the case describes its destruction as "a group effort.
Her dispute with Miller is sealed. Details of her custody battle with Kolesa were also sealed in early by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
The move, which Kolesa opposed, was highly unusual. A judge ruled the move was in the little girl's best interest, but noted he did not seal the file "because the child belongs to a wealthy family. In an earlier affidavit, Thomson says it is her "billionaire" status that puts her daughter at risk.
I am doing what I can to contain it. Miller filed suit against her in Los Angeles County Superior Court not long after the diary-shredding in late - charging wrongful dismissal and emotional distress. The complaint, which included alleged details of Thomson's personal life, charged also that Thomson "and her agents" had tried to keep her from further employment. Federal investigators, she claims, later told her she had been wiretapped. She amended her complaint to accuse "investigators" of intercepting her calls.
Thomson counter-sued in Marchclaiming malicious prosecution and breach of contract. Miller later dropped her own claims. Miller is appealing the decision.
In the spring ofa grand jury called upon Miller's testimony in a probe of Anthony Pellicano's alleged spying activities. It was not the first time the L. Pellicano was brought into the Thomson family orbit during the ramp-up to a July Ontario Superior Court decision that gave Thomson custody of her daughter.
In February of that year, the private detective, describing himself as experienced in "high profile" cases involving "families, separating couples and their children," provided an affidavit in Ontario court proceedings aimed at sealing Thomson's custody dispute with Kolesa.
In the affidavit, Pellicano insists information in a public court file would put the child at serious risk of "abduction, kidnapping or extortion. Soon, however, Pellicano's name and number are said to have been included under the heading "lawyers" in a contact list Thomson kept in L.
The son of Sicilian immigrants, Pellicano grew up outside Chicago, coming to prominence in when he miraculously recovered the stolen remains of Mike Todd, Elizabeth Taylor's third husband, whose Illinois gravesite robbers had pilfered in search of a diamond ring.
Before television cameras, Pellicano thrust his hands beneath a blanket of dead leaves and extracted a plastic bag containing Todd's body, which police hadn't been able to find. Impressed, Elizabeth Taylor is said to have given him an entree to Hollywood. He presented himself as a man of judicious physicality. But his involvement may never have surfaced without a bizarre incident later that year.
On the morning of June 20,Anita Busch, then a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, walked out her door to find a dead fish with a rose in its mouth lying on the smashed windshield of her car, a note reading "stop" taped alongside.
Busch had been investigating the relationship between action-film star Steven Seagal and producer Julius Nasso, said to be a Gambino family associate.