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Oscars: Eli Wallach says wife is 'richest thing' in his life [Video]

February 28, 2011 | 12:15 pm

We'll admit, we're slightly obsessed with Eli Wallach, the legendary 95-year-old actor who was honored at the academy's Governors Awards last fall.

Why? On the red carpet, he couldn't stop gushing about his lovely wife, Anne Jackson, and his daughter, who were accompanying him to Sunday's telecast.

"I have these girls, and this woman, and that's the richest thing I own," he said, beaming.

Plus, he's a character. When we commented on the fact that life was imitating art as he won the award because his character in "The Holiday" also received a lifetime achievement prize, he smiled, nodding, "Yes, with Kate Winslet."

And would his "Holiday" costar be in attendance at the Oscars, we asked?

"No," he said, shaking his head. "She got divorced."

"She's working, I think," his daughter quickly interjected.


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-- Amy Kaufman