Feb 23, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
Evi Quaid now a Canadian citizen, will sponsor Randy
U.S. actor Randy Quaid, centre, his wife Evi, right, and lawyer Catherine Sas, left, arrive for a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday February 23, 2011.
(Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
CTV.ca News Staff
Date: Wednesday Feb. 23, 2011 5:02 PM ET
The wife of actor Randy Quaid has been granted Canadian citizenship, the couple's lawyer said Wednesday, and has applied to sponsor her husband so the two can remain in Canada.
Evi Quaid received her citizenship on Feb. 10, according to her lawyer, Catherine Sas. Since then, she has made a formal application to sponsor her husband. Sas said she believes Randy Quaid will be granted permanent resident status before his refugee claim is settled.
Evi Quaid was eligible for citizenship because her father was Canadian.
Sas also said that immigration officials have withdrawn admissibility proceedings against Randy Quaid.
The Quaid's have been in Vancouver since last fall, when they claimed refugee status following their arrest on a California warrant. The two based their refugee claim on their belief that their lives are threatened by a group of so-called "Hollywood star whackers."
The couple claims this group is responsible for the deaths of actors Heath Ledger and David Carradine, and for the personal and professional tribulations of actors Jeremy Piven and Lindsay Lohan and pop star Britney Spears.
It is unclear how the latest developments in the bizarre case will affect the couple's legal troubles. The two are wanted in Santa Barbara, Calif., in a felony vandalism case. They are accused of causing more than $5,000 in damage to a guest house of a home they previously owned. The Quaids fled to Canada and neither has appeared for any court hearings in the case, meaning they have forfeited about $1 million in bail.
Evi Quaid, 47, is also on probation for a misdemeanour fraud charge stemming from an incident at a Santa Barbara inn.
Randy Quaid, 60, has appeared in dozens of films, including "Brokeback Mountain," "Independence Day" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." He was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his work in the 1973 film "The Last Detail." He won a Golden Globe for his role as former U.S. president Lyndon Johnson in the 1987 TV movie "LBJ: The Early Years."
With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press