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‘Notebook’ director says his estranged wife stole his daughter

This family drama sounds juicier than the 2004 romance movie.


Tess Cagle


Published Dec 26, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 6:55 am CDT

Drama in the cast of The Notebook has spilled over into real life, it appears.

Director of the 2004 romance film, Nick Cassavetes, claims his estranged wife Heather “Queenie” Wahlquist—who played Sara, the best friend of Allie (Rachel McAdams) in the movie—has stolen their daughter, according to TMZ.

Cassavetes filed a police report and claimed Wahlquist violated their custody arrangement with their 13-year-old daughter Barbarella Cassavetes, whom he said he hasn’t heard from for a month.

“Heather Wahlquist is on the run, refusing to let me see Barbie, ignoring mandatory court appearances, and evading law enforcement,” he told TMZ. “We believe her 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.”

Cassavetes has been known for his close-knit relationships with his children. After his other daughter, Sasha, was born with a heart defect, he directed an adaption of My Sister’s Keeper based on her medical experience.

Wahlquist has not commented about the situation.

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*First Published: Dec 26, 2017, 8:19 am CST