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Elizabeth Edwards' will omits John Edwards

January 6, 2011 |  8:57 am

Elizabeth Edwards with her family.

Elizabeth Edwards, before her death from cancer, pulled off a maneuver even Sandra Bullock might be impressed by: In her final days, the political wife left estranged husband John Edwards out of her will.

"All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles owned by me at the time of my death, I give and bequeath to my children," states the will, which Elizabeth Edwards signed six days before her Dec. 7 death from metastasized breast cancer. The will was filed Dec. 22, said the Charlotte (N.C.) News & Observer.

Elizabeth Edwards will names Cate Edwards executor Cate Edwards, the oldest of the political couple's three children together, was named executor of the estate. Cate, a lawyer like her parents, is 28; Emma Claire is 12 and Jack is 10. John also has a child out of wedlock with campaign aide Rielle Hunter, the product of an affair that ultimately resulted in the Edwardses' separation early in 2010 after 32 years of marriage.

Bullock famously responded to her husband Jesse James' infidelity by emerging from scandal-induced seclusion in ninja style, with a Texas-fast divorce and an almost-done-deal adoption of a baby, Louis -- announced decisively on the cover of People magazine.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Top photo: Cate Edwards, left, with her parents Elizabeth and John, and the two younger Edwards children, campaigning in Boston on July 17, 2007. Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images

Bottom photo: Cate Edwards, 28, speaks during her mother's funeral services in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 11, 2010. Credit: Robert Willett / Getty Images