Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune - Deutschland Random House Audio, Paul Clark Newell Jr., Bill Dedman, Kimberly Farr

 

What an interesting biography!

 

Imagine being a millionaire several times over and rather than staying in one of your mansions, or in your huge beachfront property, you choose to stay in a small private room in a hospital for nearly two decades instead.

 

Take a peek at her apartments, mansions and pictures of Huguette here.  

 

Empty Mansions goes into the life of Huguette Clark and her family. Her father created his huge wealth mining copper and other things, (he seemed to have the Midas touch), but later in life he fell into politics and then scandal.

 

Huguette grew up rich with all the benefits of travel and schooling that come with that. She became reclusive after her sister and parents died. However, she was very close to some members of her family as well as certain friends and employees of hers, and they ALL benefited a LOT from their relationships. As it seems to be with most wealthy people, once she passed away, some long lost family members showed up and challenged her will.

 

I'll leave off the biography there, but did want to mention that at the end of this audiobook recorded phone conversations between Huguette and one of her relatives are played. (Some snippets of the conversations were played earlier in the book.) It was eerie to hear her voice after learning so much about her. She seemed to be a very sweet and warm woman, which makes what happened to her and her estate even more sad.

 

Recommended to anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating, reclusive woman and her family.