Keep your comforting warm gummy bears handy, because this story is a 100% pallet sized case of Cameron Frye-sized sads. Edie McClurg of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the best television show of our generation Small Wonder, is reportedly suffering from dementia at the age of 67. Edie’s family is currently taking action to help protect the icon (yes, she is) and are in the process of acquiring conservatorship. This story gets a bit sadder, so pick your favorite color and pop that pocket warmed gummy bear in your mouth right about now.
TMZ reports that the need for a conservatorship is happening now because Edie is at high risk of being taken advantage of by a man who has been living with her. In the documents, Edie’s family and friend assert that the man has been abusive and manipulative and is taking advantage of Edie’s tender mental state. Insert gummy bear.
Edie’s niece, cousin and friend filed docs Friday requesting a conservatorship to take control of the actress’ affairs. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, they say neurological tests revealed she’s no longer able to live alone without assistance, and is “especially vulnerable to undue influence given her poor judgment and evident dementia.”
Their immediate concern is with a longtime male friend who’s lived with 72-year-old Edie for several years. According to docs, the guy has previously talked about marrying Edie.
Edie’s family and friends don’t think she’s capable of understanding the relationship with the guy. They claim he’s been verbally abusive and tried to compel her to sign documents to change her estate planning.
They’re asking the court to appoint one of them — Edie’s cousin, Angelique Cabral — the conservator.
Edie’s screen debut was in 1976 in Carrie as one of the bullies throwing tampons and yelling “Plug it up!” at Sissy Spacek in the shower. She was in several John Hughes films including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and She’s Having A Baby. Edie cemented her cult queen status by appearing in multiple Cheech and Chong movies, Natural Born Killers and Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark. The young parents among us can also recognize her voiceover work in many animated movies, including the one with the soundtrack that will never leave your brain, Frozen.
I personally fell in love with her as Grace in Ferris Bueller and have looked forward to her popping up in cool projects along the way. Here’s a clip of Edie smoking a blunt with Cheech and Chong, as she should be: