Wife to Remain in Charge of Falk: Judge
But ailing 'Columbo' assured visits from adopted daughter
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2009 3:22 AM CDT
Former Columbo star Peter Falk waves to the audience during the 2007 HFPA Installation Luncheon in Beverly Hills.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Peter Falk's wife will remain in charge of the former actor's care and affairs, but must allow bimonthly visits with his adopted daughter under a new conservatorship established by a Los Angeles court. The former Columbo star, 81, suffers from severe dementia and no longer remembers his trademark detective role. His daughter, Catherine, battled  for control of her dad's affairs, arguing that wife Shera Danese Falk ridiculed her father and blocked her visits, reports the Los Angeles Times.