(Santa Monica, California-AP) -- A lawyer for the Globe tabloid

calls a lawsuit from Michael Landon's widow "frivolous."


The widow of the "Bonanza" and "Little House on the Prairie"

star, Cindy Landon, is suing the tabloid newspaper for portraying

the couple's marriage as troubled.


Cindy Landon filed a five (m) million dollar defamation and

invasion of privacy suit. She claims the Globe "painted a false

and scurrilous picture" of Landon -- and that the paper falsely

accused him of involvement with drugs and porn.


Michael Landon, who also starred in the series "Highway to

Heaven," died of cancer in 1991.


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