It was panned by critics, but Bohemian Rhapsody won best film at the Golden Globes on Sunday and has made almost £600million at the box office.
Now the huge success of the movie about the band Queen will see Mary Austin, the former fiancee of lead singer Freddie Mercury, scoop around £40million in royalties.
She met Mercury in 1970 when she was a 19-year-old art student and they moved in together before he was famous. Although their engagement ended when he told her he was gay, the pair remained remarkably close for the rest of his life.
And after his death in 1991 he left her 50 per cent of his future earnings. A further 25 per cent went to his parents and 25 per cent to his sister.