Embarrassment of Riches
updated 09/06/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/06/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Such Quinn-tessential candor enraged the actor's second wife of 27 years, Iolanda, 58. She had complained publicly about Anthony's earlier liaisons, but when their actor son Lorenzo, 26, called her in Rome, where she was vacationing, and explained what Papa had done this time, she refused even to speak to her husband.
That didn't stop the two from engaging in a war of words, conducted largely through Adams, a longtime family friend, Iolanda: "When I come back, it will be with conditions." Tony: "I am a grown man. And she cannot dictate to me." (When Quinn married Iolanda, a costumer he met while filming Barabbas in Rome in 1961, she herself was pregnant with Lorenzo and had already borne Quinn two other sons, Francesco, now 30, and Daniele, 29.)
Neither side wants a divorce, Adams says, but Iolanda—as one of those "conditions"—is demanding DNA tests to make 100 percent sure that Anthony is Patricia's father. If the microscope picks up on a lusty little gene that's making like Zorba, well, that might be proof.