Too Rich: The Family Secrets of Doris Duke Hardcover – Dec 1995
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Gossipy, lascivious, irreverent and wild -- just like Doris Duke, the woman who inspired this romp of a biography. Born the richest child in America, Duke broke free from the restraints of her privileged upbringing into a life of scandal, sexual conquest, inheritance and headlines, ending with her mysterious murder at the age of 80. A no-holds-barred look into the lives of the rich and famous.
From Publishers Weekly
"Really great sex" is what the very rich and the very poor can share, according to the late Doris Duke, because both have the time and the freedom to focus on it. The middle class is too busy with jobs and mortgages and college tuitions. Duke, the tobacco heiress who during her lifetime (1912-1993) was thought to be the world's richest woman, spent most of that life in search of the largest and most potent male organ, the winner being that of playboy Profirio Rubirosa, with Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku's the runner-up, although General Patton's won kudos too. The authors speculate on whether Duke deliberately killed one of her lovers, and they relate how, late in life, she learned to distinguish between sex and love and found the latter with author Louis Bromfield. The suspicious circumstances of her death are retold with renewed questions about her doctors' behavior and the last-minute codicil to her will, which left the major portion of her estate to her butler, "the Rasputin of the court of Doris Duke." Pony Duke (Doris's godchild), writing here with former nationally syndicated columnist Thomas, "really liked" her, but his portrait, drawn from his own and family members' recollections as well as public information, is not one of an easily likable woman. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This incident is fully detailed in another book which I recommend. A Death in Newport.In the months that followed the death of Tirella, Doris changed a great deal. Whereas earier she had neglected her adopted home, now she launched the Newport Restoration Foundation and persuaded Jackie Kennedy to serve as vice-president. She spent millions in restoring historic homes in the area. In addition, the Cliff Walk which she had previously blockaded from her home and had patrolled by dogs, was opened up and re-paved so that tourists and local fishman could have access.This book gives us a balanced portrait of the contradictory and troublesome life of an hieress who had everything except happiness.
I loved the story and would have loved to have known her. What a sad and truly wonderful woman
Shame on you Pony Duke! The love she craved could have come from you and the Duke family.A. little respect and attention of her family and this book could have had a Happy Ending. Difficult as she may have been, she had quite heavy responsibility at a very young age. Would it have been crime to try to know her? Look at the"loving" relationship from that horror of the " mother".
The Richest Woman in the world, from The Richest Family and you people allowed an illiterate alcoholic to just walk in and take over a BILLION. DOLLAR ESTATE.!!! That's just Wrong.
I would love to know how things are today 2013.