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March 27, 2021

Celebrity Conservatorship — Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes and Others Placed under Guardianship

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Britney Spears’ conservatorship is all over the Internet as she wants her dad to be replaced. However, she hasn't been the only celebrity placed under guardianship.

After Britney Spears’ highly-publicized mental breakdown in 2007, her dad, Jamie, became her legal conservator, taking control of most of the singer’s financial and medical decisions.

Nowadays, and although she has been trying to replace Jamie with Jodi Montgomery, she is still under conservatorship. One thing is clear, though: she hasn't been the only celebrity under the same condition.

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RANDY MEISNER

Eagles’ bassist and co-founder Randy Meisner is different from the other celebrities on this list because he requested a temporary conservatorship following the death of his wife, Lana Meisner, in a gun accident.

The musician, who has bipolar disorder, deals with substance abuse, and has threatened to harm himself and others, claimed that he could barely accept the tragic loss of Lana.

Randy was put under the care of Arthur Ford, his longtime friend. His finances were controlled by accountant Tom DeLong.

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AMANDA BYNES

Former child actress Amanda Bynes, best known for “All That,” was placed in a 30-day psychiatric hold in 2013 after starting a small fire in her home’s driveway in Thousand Oaks, California.

As a result, a judge granted her mother and father, Lynn and Richard Bynes, a temporary conservatorship over Amanda’s personal affairs, including her medical treatment and finances.

Unfortunately, Amanda has been arrested for driving under the influence several times and gotten in and out of psychiatric facilities, so her parents are still her conservators.

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CASEY KASEM

The case of DJ Casey Kasem was quite dramatic. Since he suffered from Parkinson’s disease, his health was frail, so he needed a guardian.

His wife Jean Kasem was named his conservator, but his children from a previous marriage, including Kerri and Julie, disagreed. Until Casey’s death, his children and Jean fought in court over the conservatorship rights.

In May 2014, Kerri was named his conservator, but only a few weeks later, he died. Casey’s children considered that his death could have been prevented if they’d been the ones caring for him from day one. Jean didn’t face criminal charges.

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JONI MITCHELL

After the Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm in March 2015, she couldn’t speak properly. Mitchell’s friend, Leslie Morris, became her conservator that May.

However, their agreement was different from those previously mentioned on this list as Morris was only authorized to make medical decisions for the musician – Mitchell retained control of her finances.

[Mickey Rooney] accused his stepson, Christopher Aber, of elder abuse.

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MICKEY ROONEY

Mickey Rooney’s case was also very dramatic. The late actor accused his stepson, Christopher Aber, of elder abuse, claiming that he withheld food and medicine from him and even threatened, intimidated, and harassed him.

In February 2011, Rooney and his estate were placed under the conservatorship of Michael Augustine, his attorney. According to Augustine, Rooney said he had so little money he couldn’t even buy his wife flowers.

The late actor struggled with drug addiction and a gambling habit for years. As per Aber, he was forced to stay 100 feet away from his stepdad. Rooney died in April 2014.

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BRIAN WILSON

Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson attracted a lot of attention in 1991 after his brother Carl and cousins Mike and Stan Love claimed that his live-in psychiatrist Eugene Landy was taking advantage of him.

The singer, who has dealt with mental health issues most of his life, was reportedly Landy’s “multimillion-dollar cash cow,” claimed Carl, Mike, and Stan, who also said that she brainwashed him.

If that wasn’t enough, they claimed that Landy purportedly never treated Wilson’s mental illnesses. The name and responsibilities of Wilson’s conservator were not disclosed.

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