Thursday, December 2, 2021

Huguette Clark (1906 – 2011)

Huguette ClarkThis heiress daughter of a Montana “robber baron” mining and railroad tycoon was a hence unseen recluse from 1930 until her death in 2011 following a painful divorce from the son of one of her father’s business associates after just two years of marriage. The owner of palatial mothballed estates in Santa Barbara, California and New Canaan, Connecticut, this Miss Havisham-esque character lived in a hospital for the last 20 years of her life yet spent $1 million a month on outgoings during the same period. Born in Paris, Huguette Clark lavished millions purchasing rare French and Japanese dolls that she dressed in Christian Dior but equally regarded her wealth a “a menace to happiness”. The only people present at her burial were funeral home employees. A jury trial in September 2013 after wranglings between disinherited relatives and the lawyers, nurses and accountants who were named beneficiaries become beyond acrimonious decided that her $300 – $400 million fortune would mostly go to charity. An amateur artist herself, if Clark’s desire to turn her $100 million Santa Barbara estate, Bellosguardo, into an art museum goes ahead, it will be world class. Her collection numbered works by Monet, Renoir and Singer Sargent.

 

 

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Evelyn McHale (1923 – 1947) – Little is known about what drove Evelyn McHale to jump from the Empire State Building and be captured in the “most beautiful suicide [photograph] ever” on 1st May 1947.

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Evelyn McHale (1923 – 1947)

‘Mr Black Lives Matter’ – Little is known about this Belgravia entertainer – A regular outside Peggy Porschen’s Parlour, 116 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9QQ ‘Mr Black Lives Matter’ attempts to entertain those queuing for cakes.

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‘Mr Black Lives Matter’

Gabriel and Sarah A. Chrisman – Port Townsend, Washington State residents Gabriel and Sarah A. Chrisman live as if they are Victorians. They get a lot of abuse.

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Gabriel and Sarah A. Chrisman

Designer and tastemaker Eileen Gray (1878 – 1976, née Eileen Smith) – A pioneer of both the Art Deco style and the functionalist Modernist movement, bisexual Irish aristocrat Eileen Gray was best known for designing the Bibendum chair and the E-1027 table.

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Eileen Gray (1878 – 1976, née Eileen Smith)

Robert Adam – Hampshire based architect and designer Robert Adam (born 1948) followed in the steps of his namesake and has become one of the most important figures in neo-classical style.

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Robert Adam

True wildcard Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett) – Dame Paddy Ridsdale was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.

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Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

Bob Marshall-Andrews QC – Barrister, former Labour MP and novelist

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Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

Interior designer and philanthropist Charlot Malin (1969 – 2017) –Oslo born, San Francisco based interior designer and philanthropist Charlot D. Malin worked with George Lucas and Robert Redford. She loathed microwaves.

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Charlot Malin (1969 – 2017)

Baba Vanga (баба Ванга, AKA ‘Nostradamus from the Balkans’, 1911 – 1996) – Blind, illiterate, psychic Macedonian villager and clairvoyant

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Baba Vanga (баба Ванга, AKA ‘Nostradamus from the Balkans’, 1911 – 1996)

Mr Make a Big Issue

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Mr Make a Big Issue

Mary Millington (marital name Mary Maxted, born Mary Quilter, 1945 – 1979)

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Mary Millington (marital name Mary Maxted, born Mary Quilter, 1945 – 1979)

Sir Ken Adam OBE (born Klaus Adam, 1921 – 2016)

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Sir Ken Adam OBE (born Klaus Adam, 1921 – 2016)

Will and Calum Thompson

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Will and Calum Thompson (AKA “The Eat Wild Boys”)

Arthur Woodham

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Arthur Woodham

Hannah Wick

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Hannah Wick

Daniel Lismore

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Daniel Lismore

Irish fugitive and world record holder John Patrick Hannan

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John Patrick Hannan

Max Whitlock (nicknamed “Maxi”)

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Max Whitlock (nicknamed “Maxi”)

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

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Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Lee Miller (Lady Penrose, born Elizabeth Miller, 1907 – 1977)

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Lee Miller (Lady Penrose, born Elizabeth Miller, 1907 – 1977)

Parrot man - Ted Richards

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Ted Richards

Victoria Pendleton

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Victoria Pendleton CBE (married name Victoria Gardner)

Christopher Mason

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Christopher Mason

Bonnie Lee Bakley (1956 – 2001)

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Bonnie Lee Bakley (1956 – 2001)

Gino D’Acampo (born Gennaro D’Acampo)

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Gino D’Acampo

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Gillian Clarke (1941 – 2015)

Francesco Macera

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Francesco Macera

Nick Loeb

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Nicholas Loeb

Reverend Robert Parker (AKA “Squire Parker” and “Britain’s richest vicar”)

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Reverend Robert Parker

Gillian Duffy

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Gillian Duffy

David Hallberg

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David Hallberg

Ruthann Aron

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Ruthann Aron (AKA “Ruth Aron”, née Ruthann Greenzweig)

Lady Alice, Lady Eliza and Lady Violet Manners

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Lady Alice, Lady Eliza and Lady Violet Manners (AKA “The No Manners Girls”)

Topsy Taylor (born Lesley Taylor)

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Topsy Taylor (born Lesley Taylor)

Peter Dinklage

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Peter Dinklage

Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olson

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Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olson

Nina Campbell

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Nina Campbell

Crispin Baynes

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Crispin Baynes

Bill Martin

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Bill Martin MBE (born William Wylie MacPherson)

Henry Blofeld

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Henry Blofeld OBE (AKA “Blowers”, “Tycoon” and “Typhoon”)

Emma Sayle

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Emma Sayle

Nancy Cunard

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Nancy Cunard (1896 – 1965)

Elliot Bssila

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Elliot Bssila

Joudie Kalla

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Joudie Kalla

Ross O’Connell Jennings

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Ross O’Connell Jennings

Alexa Jago

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Alexa Jago

Claire Zambuni

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Claire Zambuni

Amanda Eliasch

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Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

Charlie Anson

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Charlie Anson

Louis-Marie de Castelbajac

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Count Louis-Marie de Castelbajac

Jeremy Lloyd

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Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

Sandra Howard

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Sandra Howard, Lady Howard (née Sandra Paul)

Anne Naysmith

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Anne Naysmith (1937 - 2015, AKA “The Rag Lady of Chiswick”)

Claudine Longet

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Claudine Longet

fantasy cyclist

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The Fantasy Cyclist

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Sarah, Duchess of York (AKA “Fergie”, née Sarah Ferguson)

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Fredrik Eklund

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Sir Gerald Nabarro (AKA “Old Whiskers” and “The Abominable Showman”, 1913 – 1973)

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Lord Bell (Tim Bell, Baron Bell of Belgravia)

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Teresa Gorman

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Julia Child (1912 – 2004)

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Keith Floyd (1943 – 2009)

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Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (1880 – 1963)

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Dan Bilzerian (AKA "Blitz")

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Cognac Wellerlane

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Thai Dang Cao (1953 – 2014)

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Craig Brazier

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Alejandro Flores

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Doris Thompson

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Gloria Minghella MBE (AKA “the Queen Mum of the Isle of Wight”, 1930 – 2014)

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Clarissa Dickson Wright (1947 – 2014)

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Wayne Bryson

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Mary The Elephant (AKA ‘Murderous Mary’)

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Fred Dibnah MBE (1938 – 2004)

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Emeritus Professor Jane Somerville

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Russell Brand

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Cindy Crawford

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Lady Camilla Bloch (born Lady Camilla Bingham)

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Terry Deary

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Dame Norma Major DBE

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Jeannette Etheredge

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Michael “Chalky” White

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Nubar Gulbenkian (Armenian: Նուբար Սարգիս Գյուլբենկյան, 1896 – 1972)

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Huguette Clark (1906 – 2011)

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Viola Herms Drath (1920 – 2011)

Ian Towning

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Ian Towning

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Ryan Lochte (nicknames 'Reezy' and 'The Lochtenator')

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Jerry Hall

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Austin 7 man

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Martin the Poet

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The Waitrose Clepto

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Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba (1926 – 2014)

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Tim Tebow

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The Most Hon the Marquess of Bath

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Judy Joo

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Toby Flood

Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake

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Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

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Norman Balon

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Bubble (2012 – 2013)

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Dr. Vanessa Neumann

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Martin Miller (1946 - 2013)

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Lady Docker (Norah Docker, née Norah Turner and also Norah Callingham and Lady Collins, 1905 – 1983)

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Beverly Cohen

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Patricia Kluge (née Rose)

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Charmian Brent (better known as Charmian Biggs)

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David Nalbandian

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April Ashley MBE (born Toni Jamieson)

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Scott Disick

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Andrew Embiricos (1985 – 2011)

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Shireen Ritchie, The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Ritchie (1945 - 2012)

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Eugene Carokis

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Anouska Hempel (Lady Weinberg)

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Joseph "Joey" Barton

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Neil & Christine Hamilton

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Iris Apfel

Marisa Masters

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Marisa Masters (1925 – 2016)

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  1. I had a very rich great aunt who lived in Florida and who left nothing to her family, but instead decided to leave her fortune to the State of Israel. I have heard of philanthropy but this is taking it the piss. The family were not amused.

  2. I loved the book and all the life stories of Hugette. But what a sad way to spend the rest of your life ! All alone, in a hospital room with just one caretaker, whom I feel raked her over the coal and took advantage of a woman, who was rather unstable of mind.

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