The Phantom Of Fifth Avenue
The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark
Grand Central Publishing
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Featuring: Hugette Clark
Hardcover / e-Book
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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.
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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