Empty Mansions - The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune-logo

Empty Mansions - The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

Bill Dedman

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When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money? Dedman has collaborated with Huguette Clark's cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have frequent conversations with her. Dedman and Newell tell a fairy tale in reverse: the bright, talented daughter, born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside world. Huguette was the daughter of self-made copper industrialist W. A. Clark, nearly as rich as Rockefeller in his day, a controversial senator, railroad builder, and founder of Las Vegas. She grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for a family of four. She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, a world-renowned Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls. But wanting more than treasures, she devoted her wealth to buying gifts for friends and strangers alike, to quietly pursuing her own work as an artist, and to guarding the privacy she valued above all else. The Clark family story spans nearly all of American history in three generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the Montana gold rush, from backdoor politics in Washington to a distress call from an elegant Fifth Avenue apartment. The same Huguet

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Kimberly Farr

Length:

13h 36m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:08


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:38


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:12


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:35


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:16


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:32


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:47


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:09


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:45


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:31


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:57


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:26


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:10


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:58


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:31


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:54


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:17


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:22


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:35


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:21


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:06


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:43


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:31


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:42


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:04


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:13


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:38


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:15


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:44


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:45


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:28


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:21


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:58


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:38


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:58


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:33


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:34


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:06


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:19


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:15


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:15


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:46


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:38


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:39


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:44


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:05


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:31


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:52


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:13


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:17


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:31


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:49


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:32


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:11


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:47


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:37


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:19


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:59


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:42


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:08


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:56


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:33


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:39


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:08


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:38


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:30


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:21


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:53


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:52


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:43


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:26


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:59


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:19


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:39


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:56


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:06


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:24


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:13


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:22


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:48


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:54


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:37


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:06


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:00


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:35


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:59


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:44


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

02:25


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:47


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:08


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:01


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:07


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:56


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:35


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:50


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

05:03


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:45


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:02


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:36


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

06:46


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:00


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:50


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

05:34


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

00:40