Empty Mansions: the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell is the perfect title to tell the tale of the insular life of billionaire Huguette Clark.  Never heard of her before?   Neither had investigative journalist Dedman until he was house hunting online in the NYC area emptymansionsand stumbled upon a 52  acre estate  in  New Canaan, Connecticut, that had  been uninhabited for over 60  years– in fact it had never been lived in!  His investigative instincts were heightened  as he pursued the listing further.  It turns out the property was owned by centurion Huguette Clark , an elderly wealthy recluse, who also owned beautiful massive “empty mansions” in New York City and California as well.   Who was  Huguette and where did her fortune come from is explained the first section of the book  with the help of of a descendant of the Clark family, Paul Clark Newell.  Since the 1980’s, Clark resided in a hospital room even thought she was perfectly healthy and died peacefully at Beth Israel Medical Center in 2011 at the age of 104.   Although said to have her wits about her, Huguette’s life was full of eccentricities and her life is a perfect example of  truth being stranger than fiction .    The movie rights have just been purchased for this book. Read this riveting tale today before it makes it to the big screen.

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