“Law and Order” star Jerry Orbach may have loved his wife, Elaine Cancilla-Orbach, but his ex-wife and one son clearly don't share the same sentiments. As FWW reported on Monday, Orbach's son Chris wrote a poison pen letter to his stepmother that “The New York Post” printed.
FWW also reported on the story, and Chris Orbach responded.
Chris Orbach’s mother, Marta Curro, 75, defended his actions by calling Elaine “dimwitted and controlling.”
“She's funny looking and she wears polyester pantsuits and that just makes me laugh," says the first Mrs. Orbach. Curro was married to Orbach for 17 years. Elaine Cancilla-Orbach was married to Orbach for 25 years.
While the will sets aside funds from Orbach's $10 million estate for his two sons with Curro, the money will be held in trust until Cancilla-Orbach dies.
In an interview, Curro said she had been aware of how her son felt, but had advised him not to pour out his frustrations to Cancilla-Orbach.
“I said be careful, because she's not very smart,” Curro told “The Post.”
“I said it may be best to write it and not send it. He sent me a copy of it. I was shocked by half the stuff in there. I know his feelings were very badly hurt. You know how people can equate money with love.”
But in the same breath she lauded her son for standing up for himself. “I'm really thrilled that Chris is not a hypocrite,” she said. “He was having a hard time sucking up to her.”
In response to the FWW story, Chris insisted he has been misunderstood. He is not after the money.
“People think this was a money grab. For the trillionth time – it wasn’t. I do just fine as a voiceover artist,” he wrote on the FWW web site.
“All that letter was intended to do was to tell Elaine, in no uncertain terms, why I didn't want to see her anymore. Why I didn't take her calls or have lunch with her anymore. I didn't like the way things went down, and I told her so. I accepted it. I even signed a ‘waiver of process’ legally guaranteeing her that I wouldn't contest the will.
“But just because you accept something doesn't mean you have to like it. And I was through talking about the weather, nodding and smiling, and pretending I wasn't upset.”
Chris Orbach also pointed out that he never felt welcome in his father’s home with Cancilla-Orbach, and he resented her.
"That woman has hated me since I was 10 years old,” he said. “Back then, she tried to send me back to my mother while I was spending the summer with them for the first time.”
Over the years, they did spend more time together. But it doesn’t look like they will anytime soon.
Elaine Cancilla-Orbach could not be reached for comment.