Thank you, gentlemen.
[Your testimony has been sent to a Grand Jury meeting in Nassau County, New York State.]
Let me add this observation:
To our initial question: Will the real Edith Sommer Irving stand up?
A close examination of the IMDb cast list of the movie will show that, if accurate, Edith Irving does not appear in F FOR FAKE, and besides Oja Olga Palinkas Kodar, Nina van Pallandt and Francois Widhoff are the only two women listed. That would seem to mean one or both of them must be impersonating Edith Irving.
Welles loved to ask (with Shakespeare): What's in a name?
[The answer, of course, in practical terms, is . . . EVERYTHING!]
So, we have Clifford Irving, who first married a girl named Nina Wilcox, and later, after a couple of more marriages, had an affair with the Danish "Baroness," Nina van Pallandt, but then married a Swedish/German artist, Edith Sommer. On the island of Ibizia, he wrote a novel, Fake, based on the life of Forger Elmyr de Hory, ostensible subject of Welles' F FOR FAKE. Edith Sommer Irving eventually went to jail, in part, for possibly posing as one "Helga Hughes" who took over $700,000 out of an account in Germany, opened in the name of the reclusive Howard Hughes.
But, in terms of F FOR FAKE, where does Nina Palinkas, sister of Oja, niece of Julio Palinkas, mother of Alexander Welles, come into all of this?
As has been mentioned somewhere here before, THE HOAX, a movie directed by Lasse Hallstrom (WHO'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE?), will premier on November 10, 2006. It stars Richard Gere (in a Wellsian false nose) as Clifford Irving, Alfred Molina as his accomplice Richard Suskind, Julie Delp as Nina van Pallandt, Marcia Gay Harden as Edith Irving, Eli Wallach as Noah Dietrich, Michael J. Burg as Truman Capote and Hope Davis as Andrea Tate (an employee of McGraw-Hill, and I gather the innocent on whom the plot turns).
The "buzz" is great about this movie. In fact, it is rumored tha --
Sorry Tony and Tonyw, Larry French is signaling me that Todd Baesen wants to add a word here.
[But you know how elusive he can be.]