Jerry Orbach's First Wife Defends Son, Disses Second Wife

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The first wife of late "Law and Order" star Jerry Orbach defended her son's angry letter to his stepmother on Monday, calling the actor's second wife dimwitted and controlling.

"She's funny-looking and she wears polyester pantsuits, and that just makes me laugh," said Marta Curro, 75, who separated from Orbach in 1975. "There's nothing funnier to me than stupid people being evil, because they put a tack on your chair and expect it to kill you."

As The Post reported on Sunday, Curro's son, Chris, 39, sent a letter to his stepmother, Elaine Cancilla-Orbach, claiming she manipulated Orbach into cutting him out of his will.

While the will sets aside funds from Orbach's $10 million estate for his children, the money is to be held in trust until Cancilla-Orbach dies.

Chris Orbach was also furious about the decision to donate his father's eyes, recalling how he had to leave the room where the actor's body was lying so "some guy with an ice box could shuck his eyes out."

Elaine Cancilla-Orbach, who married the actor in 1979, didn't return a message left by the Post at her home. But speaking to The Post last week, she denied influencing her husband to donate his eyes or change his will.

"I could not believe what I was reading," she said. "Actually, untruths and variations on stories and whatever, and I didn't know who [Chris] was talking about."

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