John Cleese finalises divorce from third wife

Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:46pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - British comedian John Cleese has finalized the terms of his divorce from third wife Alyce Eichelberger, with a judge expected to sign papers lodged with the Santa Barbara Superior Court in California last week.

Cleese's London spokesman said the terms of the divorce meant that Eichelberger, whom the 69-year-old married in 1992, would receive assets worth $13 million and alimony of $1 million a year for the next seven years.

"The papers have been lodged and everything is agreed," the spokesman said on Tuesday. "It's now just a formality."

Cleese, best known for his part in the Monty Python comedy group and appearances in television series "Fawlty Towers" and hit movie "A Fish Called Wanda," has been quoted in the British media criticizing the scale of the payout.

His spokesman said he was working on an upcoming tour called "John Cleese: A Final Wave at the World or The Alimony Tour, Year One." It opens in the United States in late October.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>In this file photo John Cleese (L) and his then wife Alyce Faye stand in front of an Aboriginal mural after a promotional news conference at Taronga Zoo in Sydney January 6, 2006. REUTERS/Will Burgess</p>