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Subject: ARCHIVE: May 24, 2011 ~Huguette Marcelle Clark, eccentric copper heiress and philanthropist, whose unassuming personal life, became far more known in death, than her life, which she lived her final decades as recluse in a private hospital room, rather than occupy any of her palatial estates that dotted the globe. She died just shy of 105, leaving her $300M estate to no blood relative. ...

In the last decades of her life, her personal nurse received more than $34M in personal gifts from Clark
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Date Posted: Sunday, May 24, 05:40:21am

Rare photo of the reclusive Miss Clark, taken 70 years prior to her 2011 death. ...

Huguette Marcelle Clark
(June 9, 1906 May 24, 2011)

American heiress and philanthropist, who became well known again late in life as a recluse, living in hospitals for more than 20 years while her various mansions remained unoccupied. She is the subject of the No. 1 bestselling biography "Empty Mansions" and the planned film based on the book.

The youngest daughter of Montana senator and industrialist William A. Clark, she spent her early life in Paris before relocating with her family to New York City, where she was educated at the Spence School. After a short-lived marriage ended in 1930, Clark returned to her residence at 907 Fifth Avenue, a large twelfth-floor apartment that she significantly expanded to occupying two floors. She also meticulously maintained Bellosguardo, a large familial estate in Santa Barbara, California, though she never returned to the property after the 1950s.

Clark spent much of her life outside of the public sphere, devoting her time to painting, the arts, and collecting various antiquities, primarily toys and dolls. In 1952, she purchased another property in New Canaan, Connecticut, but following the death of her mother in 1963, became increasingly reclusive. In 1991, she was admitted to Doctors Hospital in Manhattan to treat various basal cell cancer lesions on her face. Though she successfully recovered, Clark remained a hospital resident for the following two decades.

Upon her death at 104 in 2011, Clark left behind a fortune of more than $300 million, most of which was donated to charity after a court dispute with her distant relatives. The events surrounding her estate and private affairs during the last several years of her life were covered extensively by journalist Bill Dedman, who subsequently co-wrote, "Empty Mansions".

Learn MORE of her life, death, and her fascinating relationship with
her personal nurse and their bond that sparked a book, and soon a biopic ...


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The last 20 years of her life, from age 84 to 104, Clark bestowed HUGE gift$ to her new personal nurse ranging from small checks, to paying private school tuitions to her 2 kids, to multi-million $$ properties to the Filipino immigrant caregiver! (NT)In the end, that nurse also inherited a fortune! Nice gig if you can get it!!Friday, May 29, 10:26:58am

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