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Oriana Fallaci

Oriana's Will

The signature on Oriana Fallaci's will is a forgery, the late writer's sister has said, thrusting a family feud into the courts. The Florence Prosecutor's office this week began investigating Paola Fallaci's accusations which cast doubt on the legitimacy of the current heir to the estate, Edoardo Perazzi, Poala's son and Oriana's nephew.

Paola's dispute with her son surfaced in a 2008 interview when she described herself and her other son Antonio as "mistreated", highlighting that her concerns were moral and ethical as opposed to financial. Perazzi called his mother's accusations "a baseless fantasy," adding that "the will was signed in the United States, in front of witnesses, lawyers and the court". When asked what his mother's motive was for bringing up the charges, Perazzi said it was the inheritance, "nothing more, nothing less".

Oriana Fallaci, who died in 2006, won acclaim with a series of prickly interviews with some of the world's most powerful figures including Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir, Yasser Arafat, General Giap, Colonel Gadaffi, Indira Ghandi, Deng Xiaoping and Ayatollah Khomeini - defiantly whipping off the headscarf the Iranians forced her to wear. She harangued Kissinger into calling the Vietnam War "useless" - an admission that later prompted him to call the interview "the single most disastrous conversation I ever had with a member of the press".

Fallaci wrote best-selling works of fiction and semi-fiction including Letter To An Unborn Child (1975), which topped the charts in Italy for years, A Man (1979), the story of the love of her life, tragic Greek leftist Alekos Panagulis, and Inshallah (1990) - her last publication before an anti-Islam tirade 12 years later. The Rage and the Pride (2002) shocked many of her old admirers but won her new ones as she slammed Islam as "oppressive" and Arab immigrants in Europe as "bigoted".