Reese Witherspoon has two mommies

Posted: May 11, 2012

Just as Reese Witherspoon has found some romantic stability in her own life, her parents situation — perfect for reality TV — may muck it all up.

Reese’s mom, Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon has filed a petition of annulment to wipe out her husband’s recent second marriage.

She says John Drake Witherspoon is still married to her and his second wife may be taking advantage of his mental condition.

The Witherspoons have been separated since 1996, but remain married and still attends family functions together, including Reese’s March 2011 marriage.

The filing alleges John Witherspoon’s new wife Tricianne Taylor has tried to take out loans as Mrs. John Witherspoon, lives in his condo, has had him sign a new will and drives a vehicle without permission from a company run by Reese.

Mary Elizabeth, a 63-year-old nurse at Vanderbilt University hospital, says she “loves her husband and does not want a divorce” after 42 years of marriage to the 70-year-old otolaryngologist. She also says in the filing she “fears he may be suffering from early onset of dementia,” and she has filed a restraining order to stop Tricianne from converting any of the family’s assets.

Mary Elizabeth says in the filing she found out about her husband’s Jan. 12 marriage to Tricianne from a wedding announcement that appeared in The Tennessean newspaper. She says she confronted John about the marriage and he said he didn’t recall marrying Tricianne.

If Tricianne did latch on to John for financial gain, she may have hooked a live one. The real Mrs. Witherspoon says in her court filing she moved out 15 years ago because of her husband’s “alcoholism, infidelity, overspending and hoarding.” She says he still has trouble with overspending, noting he owns five motorcycles and five boats.

Along with the annulment, Mrs. Witherspoon is asking the court to order Tricianne to leave all residences belonging to the family, return all possessions she has acquired and to pay court costs.

TATTBITS

New “America’s Got Talent” judge Howard Stern says that his critics should watch before attacking him.

He probably wants people to read books and see movies before censoring them, also.

In an hour-long, expletive-free news conference, Stern said that he fully understands that “America’s Got Talent” is a family show.

“I really feel a responsibility to the people who love this show already,” Stern said. “In no way do I want to get in the way of it. I want to broaden it and make it better.”

Molly Eichel reports that “Do No Harm,” the pilot that was seen shooting around the city recently, was picked up by NBC.

The Jekyll/Hyde medical drama stars Steven Pasquale (“Rescue Me”) as a brilliant surgeon with a dangerous alter-ego. The show co-stars Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”) and Alana De La Garza (“Law & Order”).

Liberal Hollywood is coming together to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer announced that studios, networks, agencies and unions have aligned with nonprofit groups to create “Got Your 6,” which is military lingo for having one’s back.

Through scripted story lines, celebrity PSAs and outreach, Got Your 6 aims to ease veterans’ reintegration back to civilian life by encouraging Americans to recognize them as valuable community leaders.

Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Douglas are among the faces of the campaign.

NBC says “30 Rock,” from Upper Darby’s Tina Fey, will return next season for a final 13 episodes before it’s replaced by something far worse.

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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