Bruce Forsyth’s widow Wilnelia has turned down offers to make a biopic
Although it’s been five years since his death, Lady Forsyth Johnson isn’t quite ready to see her late husband Sir Bruce on the big screen.
“We’ve had a few requests from film production companies to do a biopic of Bruce’s life.
“But I turned it down because I don’t think it’s the right time,” the former Puerto Rican Miss World, 65, who has inherited almost all of the Strictly star’s £11.5million fortune, told Richard Eden from the Daily Mail.
Love: Although five years have passed since his death, Lady Forsyth Johnson, Wilnelia, is not yet ready to see her late husband Sir Bruce on the big screen
“Maybe we will in the future as Bruce has lived such an incredible life.”
Maybe the production companies need to up the ante a bit, as Brucie would say…
In 2020, it was revealed that Lady Forsyth had quietly sold the couple’s beloved marital home before the property market closed.
Revelations: She said, “We’ve had some requests from film production companies to do a biopic of Bruce’s life.”
Cleverly, she is said to have secured a selling price of around £5.5million – £1.5million more than the official estimate was in 2018, the year after her beloved husband died aged 89.
Confirming the sale, Wilnelia told the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden at the time: “It was hard to leave a place with so many happy memories for me and my family, but I think they all understand.”
She movingly added, “It was sad at times to be in a home like this without Bruce.”
One of her friends said: “It was fortunate that Wilnelia managed to sell it before the crisis as the market has plummeted since then.
Wife: “But I turned her down because I don’t think it’s the right time,” the former Puerto Rican Miss World, 65, who has inherited almost all of the Strictly star’s £11.5million fortune, tells Opposite Richard Eden of the Daily Mail
“The price was impressive because the house was actually not that big and very dated. It will almost certainly be demolished by its new owners and a mega mansion built in its place. It’s happening around here.
“The house was too big for Wilnelia. She also wanted a fresh start. Bruce appeared everywhere she turned.
Lady Forsyth moved to a smaller house near the exclusive Wentworth Estate in Surrey, surrounded by a golf course which was like a second home to Sir Bruce.
After his death, probate documents revealed he left almost his entire fortune to Wilnelia — but not a penny to his six children. The entertainer left £100,000 in a trust for his nine grandchildren, who will share the money when they turn 21.
Romance: After his death, probate documents revealed that he left almost his entire fortune to Wilnelia – but not a penny to his six children
Lady Forsyth, who has a son with Sir Bruce, said her husband “looked after his children while he was alive”.
Speaking of his five daughters from two previous marriages, she added: “Not only am I the girls’ stepmom, I’m also their friend. I will always be there for her.”
The Forsyths’ 34-year marriage, despite their age difference, was one of the strongest in show business.
They met in 1980 when both judged the Miss World final. Wilnelia, who hails from Puerto Rico, was 23 and a successful model, oblivious to the status of 52-year-old Sir Bruce’s British national treasure as he hosted shows like The Generation Game.
A year after his death, she revealed that nothing had been moved in her home since his departure; The books, ornaments, and family photos were left right where they were.
Most touchingly, she even admitted that she was still speaking to her late husband: “I try to be strong for the family, but if I told you it was easy, I’d be lying.
“I miss Bruce every day.”
Together: They met in 1980 when both judged the Miss World final. Wilnelia, who hails from Puerto Rico, was 23 and a successful model, oblivious to the status of 52-year-old Sir Bruce’s British national treasure as he hosted shows like The Generation Game