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The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark
by Meryl Gordon

Published: 2014-05-27
Hardcover : 382 pages
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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.
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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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Research main characters first, Tade Styka, William Clark etc
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  "The Phantom of Fifth ave"by [email protected] (see profile) 05/21/16

Interesting to see how enormous wealth does not bring happiness. Insights into associates who want to manipulate and get greedy and what happens to them.
Fun to live vicaiously while some
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  "Can you have too much money?"by 8feetfast (see profile) 04/21/15

In many ways this is a sad read. It's unfathomable to see what money does and doesn't mean to various characters. A very insightful book that may have you second guessing your "If only I had...." dreams.... (read more)

 
  "The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark"by ADMINOFFICER (see profile) 07/10/14

Fantastic life of Huguette Clark told by the author of Mrs. Astor. I would recommend for the unusual story of the lady with 3 Billion.

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