Thoughts, Cheesy?Evi Quaid called from a pay phone in Vancouver to say that she and her husband, Randy, the actor, had tried to drive to Siberia, but they “couldn’t figure out how to get there.” She said, “We’re running for our lives.”
Evi, 47, a former Hollywood “It girl” who once modeled nude for Helmut Newton and put up a show in a gallery in L.A. consisting of giant photographs of her pierced vagina, was dressed in a black YSL blazer, vest, pants, and combat boots—fugitive chic.
When (Meg) Ryan left Dennis (Quaid), Randy and Evi say, she took with her some of the art in their house; and so Dennis asked Evi to find him a piece to cover a blank space on a wall. Evi brought over an Andy Warhol titled Russell Means—it was a massive silkscreen on canvas of Means, an Oglala Sioux activist who led a group of Native Americans in a symbolic takeover of Wounded Knee in 1973.
“I didn’t even think consciously ‘what Russell means,’ ” Evi said; but it could have been interpreted as insensitive by a man whose wife had just left him for a man named Russell. “It turned into, like, a play,” Evi said, laughing, “it was insane, with Dennis screaming at me and Randy screaming at Dennis and their mother screaming at both of them. It was kind of funny, to tell the truth.”
“I love my brother. I miss my brother,” said Randy.
Dennis Quaid would not return calls for comment.
But I didn’t really understand the gist of all of Evi’s crazy talk—“It’s theft and murder!” she said—until I read the 220-page lawsuit Randy filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in August 2010; it was voided after his $905 check for court costs bounced. The allegations in the aborted lawsuit—none of which an investigation by VANITY FAIR found to have had any merit whatsoever—all begin with a house Randy and Evi bought in Montecito, California, for $1.35 million in 1989.
The lawsuit alleges that a cabal of crafty Hollywood lawyers, estate planners, and accountants maneuvered to turn the house into a sort of at-the-ready cash machine full of endless equity, all in Randy and Evi’s name. The City National Bank allegedly went along with the scheme because the evil coterie had made it a beneficiary of the properties bought with the Quaids’ stolen equity. “The allegations against City National Bank are absurd, and they reflect a very sad state of affairs,” the bank responded when contacted by VANITY FAIR.