The Phantom Of Fifth Avenue (2014) She was a pampered Jazz Age socialite — once the toast of Manhattan society — who grew up in a 121-room house, the biggest in… 2014-05-27 Biography Grand Central Publishing
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The Phantom Of Fifth Avenue (2014)

THE PHANTOM OF FIFTH AVENUE Meryl Gordon
THE PHANTOM OF FIFTH AVENUE Meryl Gordon
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Details Release Date: May 27, 2014; Writer: Meryl Gordon; Genre: Biography; Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

She was a pampered Jazz Age socialite — once the toast of Manhattan society — who grew up in a 121-room house, the biggest in New York City; her father, a copper magnate, was one of the richest men in the country. And yet when Huguette Clark died in 2011 at age 104, almost no one remembered who she was. She had sequestered herself, first in her apartment and then in a hospital room, for decades. Even members of her own family had not seen her since 1968. How a vibrant young woman morphed into a doll-collecting recluse who spent her afternoons watching The Flintstones sounds like a dreary tale, and at times, it is. But as Gordon's fine reporting reveals, it's also a deeply fascinating one. A-

Originally posted Jun 04, 2014 Published in issue #1315 Jun 06, 2014 Order article reprints