Connecting the opulence of the nineteenth century with a 21st-century battle over a $300 million inheritance, Empty Mansions is the true story of the reclusive heiress 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?
Empty Mansions reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette and her intimate circle. We meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her starcrossed sister, her French boyfriend, her nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives fighting to inherit her copper fortune. Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, this is an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.