Huguette Clark

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Huguette Clark

Huguette Clark was born from the "Copper King", W.A. Clark.Much of her early life revolved around her sister, Andree, and her mother, Anna. Anna was W.A's second wife. Huguette had many cousins, but they were never close. The descendants of these cousins were challenged Huguette's will.She married William Gower, but only for a year. Her closest male friend was the Marquis de Villermont, from France. Hadassah Peri was Huguette's favorite nurse while she was in the hospital.


Major conflict during her childhood years include her sister's early death, at age 17. Her father died not long after.No one knows the reason why Huguette never remarried, but it was probably because she was not interested in marriage.Largest conflict was when Huguette went to the hospital to be treated for cancer, and instead of returning to her home, she spent 20 years in a hospital bed rather than the three, expensive homes she owned.She donated frequently, at large prices, to whom she liked. On her will, she left large portions of her money to her nurse and charities she had founded. Her distant relatives were completely excluded.

What It Is About

This book is an autobiography on Huguette Clark's life, starting from her pampered, rich life all the way to a hospital room in New York City. The reader gets a glimpse of what it was like to be wealthy during the twentieth century.

Empty Mansions: The Spending of An American Fortune


Elizabeth Simper


She died at 104 years old, on May 24th, 2011. Her will was brought to court by the relatives, and it was settled that they got 34.5 million of the will, and the rest was carried out how Huguette wanted it. I will remember most Huguette's sincerity and passion for things she loved. She perservered through many sorrows, but always looked out for others.

"To live happily, live hidden" - pg. 359

"Forget the self in favor of others" - pg. 174



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