HIGH SO­CI­ETY

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Talking Points -

The by­gone days of sprawl­ing es­tates and grand so­ci­ety dames fly high with this trio of mem­oirs and one heiress bi­og­ra­phy. Lady Pamela Hicks (née Mount­bat­ten) re­calls life at the heart of the Bri­tish aris­toc­racy – from friend­ship with Gandhi to years as Queen El­iz­a­beth’s lady-in-wait­ing – in the fas­ci­nat­ing, fizzy Daugh­ter of Em­pire. Eileen Rock­e­feller grap­ples with the weight that comes with her fam­ily’s sto­ried legacy in Be­ing a Rock­e­feller, Be­com­ing My­self, and Theodora Getty Gas­ton, who met the oil­man J. Paul Getty in 1935 dur­ing a stint as a cabaret singer, chron­i­cles their re­la­tion­ship in Alone To­gether. Fi­nally, Empty Man­sions looks back at Huguette Clark, a reclu­sive min­ing heiress who chose to spend 20 years in a New York City hos­pi­tal as her three stately homes stood silent.

Huguette Clark’s childhood home on New York’s Fifth Av­enue Theodora Getty

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