Bill Dedman will speak about Empty Mansions
When: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, 11 a.m.
Where: S.B. Historical Museum, 136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara
Age limit: Not available
Long the stuff of local legend, Bellosguardo estate in Santa Barbara sat empty for over 50 years, everything inside perfectly preserved but unused by the owner. Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.’s EMPTY MANSIONS: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of the Great American Fortune (Ballantine Books, On Sale September 10, 2013) unearths the true story behind this huge estate and the private world of its eccentric owner.
Bellosguardo was just one of three palatial homes owned by copper heiress Huguette Clark, each one kept in excellent condition, and each one left unoccupied. Huguette chose instead to live her last 20 years in a small hospital room, seeing her homes only in photos and spending her fortune on elaborate doll houses she rarely saw and extravagant gifts for the relative strangers who took care of her. A fairy tale told in reverse, EMPTY MANSIONS is the story of the bright, talented daughter, born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside world.
With the trial over Huguette’s contested $300 million estate set to begin on September 17th, EMPTY MANSIONS is a timely look at her life and family history.
Event posted Sept. 25, 2013
Last updated Oct. 3, 2013