A fiery woman of working class stock Viv fought to get her share of the fortune and finally received £34,000 but the money had soon gone.
A vivacious blond she tried her hand at stripping recording a single called what else but spend spend spend and was deported back to the UK after having relocated to Malta she punched a policeman.
Married four or was it five times in all Viv was a notorious figure but held in affection by many people in the UK who were entertained by her antics.
She was one in a million in many ways. As someone who met her told me she was 'rough' but a lovely woman!
For a period of time Ms Nicholson was often hitting headlines but usually for all the wrong reasons.
In later life she turned to religion becoming a Jehovah's Witness and appeared in a UK TV documentary.
In April 2007 the Daily Mail reported Viv was now living on £87 a week and job hunting although she was aged 71.
Viv was born April 3, 1936, and died Saturday April 11 in hospital after suffering with dementia.