12 children in fight over ‘presumed death’ of famous actor Timothy Conway

Actress Laurie Collyer and her husband, lawyer Geoff Donaldson, named their children Barbara Collyer and Dana Donaldson-Collyer, based on the nicknames they gave their father, Tim Conway. The couple’s relationship with Conway’s late wife,…

12 children in fight over ‘presumed death’ of famous actor Timothy Conway

Actress Laurie Collyer and her husband, lawyer Geoff Donaldson, named their children Barbara Collyer and Dana Donaldson-Collyer, based on the nicknames they gave their father, Tim Conway. The couple’s relationship with Conway’s late wife, Connie, “chronicled the ups and downs of a romantic marriage beset by disorder and failure,” Ms. Collyer told New York magazine. “It was an infidelity tale, a race to divorce that turned into a fight for custody over one person’s assets, a bizarre attack on our 3-year-old’s head, and a tense custody battle that ultimately resulted in the removal of our mother from our life.”

Connie Conway passed away in 2010 after a 30-year relationship with Conway and months before her daughters’ conception. An otherwise loving relationship turned soured when Conway discovered his wife was having an affair.

Connie Conway obtained a court order for the removal of Ms. Collyer’s mother, Madelyn Guest, from their lives and then sought to modify their divorce settlement to freeze her children’s inheritance. Conway sued for abuse of mother and sister, saying the guests had left him with post traumatic stress disorder as a result of his divorce. “We couldn’t handle life when this woman was around us,” he told the New York Post. “She was scary, she was mean, she was realy nasty.” The actions prompted the judge to order Connie Conway to take an anger management course, but later rescinded the order.

The legal drama involving Conway’s family became a bitter issue when his goddaughter, 7-year-old Tiffany Patricia Conway, was left with bruises and bruises on her head.

“I went to go meet my father,” Tiffany told the New York Post. “And all I saw was my grandmother holding my head like this. I saw red. I didn’t understand. She was so angry. I kept crying, but my grandpa didn’t tell me anything.”

After Conway instructed Collyer to take Tiffany for a doctor’s appointment, Tiffany accused her stepmother of pushing her down the stairs and then, following a hospital visit, Collyer alleged that she had been bruised by Tiffany. Ms. Collyer further claimed she had done so on her own and the incident resulted in Tiffany’s admission to the MacDonough Clinic.

“They were fighting,” Tiffany told the Post. “It was a mess.”

Tiffany later told the New York Daily News that the bruises are a result of a fight at school. “She wants everyone to know that’s how it was,” Tiffany said. “She wants to be hurt.”

When Tiffany’s boyfriend, Robert Groth, visited their mother and grandma and discovered their fight, he and Conway called 911. “We just held him, sobbing, until the cops came,” he told the Daily News.

Tiffany’s bruises and accusations of trauma have been exaggerated by Conway, Tiffany said, who later filed a criminal complaint accusing Tiffany of the bruising. The NYPD has yet to substantiate any of the allegations.

Conway’s children have waged a personal war against their mother since Tiffany was hospitalized. Tiffany has said that Conway physically abused her and demanded her father’s kids be removed from her home. Other siblings have come to Ms. Collyer’s defense, in part by waging a hostile campaign against the “Beast” star, whom they all viewed as a danger to their mother and family.

“He has always been very concerned for me, my sisters and my brother,” Barbara Collyer said of her father. “He wanted everything to be fine. That’s what my dad loved. And for him to be treated as this aggressive giant monster.”

Read the full story at New York magazine.

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