The Phantom of Fifth Avenue : the Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark
The quest for "tante Huguette"
Huguette's walk in Central Park
The copper king
The reinvention of Anna
A Parisian childhood
Beginnings and endings
The society girl
Facts, fiction and betrayal
The lady vanishes
A change of address
The constant companion
The great give-away
The long goodbye
The fight for Huguette's fortune
Huguette attended the coronation of King George V. And at twenty-two with a personal fortune of $50 million to her name, she married a Princeton man and childhood friend William MacDonald Gower. Two-years later the couple divorced. After a series of failed romances, Huguette began to withdraw from society--first living with her mother in a kind of Grey Gardens isolation then as a modern-day Miss Havisham, spending her days in a vast apartment overlooking Central Park, eating crackers and watching The Flintstones with only servants for company
All her money and all her real estate could not protect her in her later life from being manipulated by shady hangers-on and hospitals that were only too happy to admit (and bill) a healthy woman. But what happened to Huguette that turned a vivacious, young socialite into a recluse? And what was her life like inside that gilded, copper cage?
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