The story of Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the opulence of the 19th Century’s Gilded Age with a 21st century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is heiress Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, when she died at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen for decades. Her father, W.A. Clark, was born in a log cabin, then discovered incredible riches in copper in Montana territory. She grew up in the largest house in New York City surrounded by paintings by Degas and Renoir, a Stradivarius violin, and a vast collection of antique dolls.
Join speaker and author Bill Dedman as he introduce us to heiress Huguette Clark and her empty mansions through his compelling book. Bill received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.