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The Phantom of Fifth Avenue : the Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark

Gordon, Meryl (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Phantom of Fifth Avenue : the Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark
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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? 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 Born in 1906, Huguette Clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Her father William Andrews Clark, was a copper magnate, the second richest man in American, and not above bribing his way into the Senate
Authors: Gordon, Meryl
Title: The phantom of Fifth Avenue : the mysterious life and scandalous death of heiress Huguette Clark
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Pub.,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Contents: The Clark family reunion at the Corcoran
The quest for "tante Huguette"
Huguette's walk in Central Park
The copper king
The reinvention of Anna
A Parisian childhood
Fractured fairytale
Beginnings and endings
The society girl
Alone again
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
Summary: 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?
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
Born in 1906, Huguette Clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Her father William Andrews Clark, was a copper magnate, the second richest man in American, and not above bribing his way into the Senate
ISBN: 145551263X
9781455512638
Branch Call Number: 973.9092 CLARK GORDO
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Oct 25, 2014
  • blueroo276 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interesting picture of a completely different sort of lifestyle from my own.

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