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Acclaimed film director claims his estranged wife stole their daughter Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Nick Cassavetes, director of films like “The Notebook” and “My Sister’s Keeper,” is trying to find his teenage daughter and claims his estranged wife has taken her.

According to TMZ Monday, Cassavetes has filed a police report, claiming that his wife, Heather Wahlquist, is “violating their custody arrangement” by refusing to allow him to see or contact their daughter, Barbarella (Barbie), 13. Cassavetes claims to have “ferociously tried to gain contact with Barbie to no avail.”

In a statement to TMZ, Cassavetes said “My 13-year-old daughter Barbarella Cassavetes has gone missing, her mother repeatedly ignoring and disobeying court orders and stipulations. Heather Wahlquist is on the run, refusing to let me see Barbie, ignoring mandatory court appearances, and evading law enforcement.”

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Not only that, but Cassavetes claims that Wahlquist is not the only person hiding Barbie from him. He claims that “[Wahlquist’s] family, grandmother Linda Massad and great aunt Jeanette Massad Anderson have been assisting in hiding Barbie and have also been served … I don’t know if she is okay or not, and I am extremely concerned for her well-being.”

The director is part of the Cassavetes family, a family of filmmakers in Hollywood. His parents are director and actor John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands.

Alex Carrigan About the author:
Alex Carrigan is a copy editor for Rare. He is originally from Newport News, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. He has a B.S. in Mass Communications: Print/Online Journalism and volunteers as the Communications and PR Manager for the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. He longs to travel, write, ...Read more
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