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Bill Dedman Hi, Marguerite. I'm guessing that two actresses would be needed: one for young Huguette, one for old. I'm not sure many actors could play a character…moreHi, Marguerite. I'm guessing that two actresses would be needed: one for young Huguette, one for old. I'm not sure many actors could play a character aging from 18 to 104. I would like to see an actress who has a French accent or can play a French accent, to get Huguette's voice. But all of this will be out of our hands: The last thing a director needs is an author making casting suggestions.(less)
Bill Dedman Hi. Speaking for myself, no, I didn't expect anything. I'd never met Huguette. Nor did Paul, her cousin. They had talked many times, and corresponded,…moreHi. Speaking for myself, no, I didn't expect anything. I'd never met Huguette. Nor did Paul, her cousin. They had talked many times, and corresponded, but hadn't met. Unlike many of her relatives, who challenged her will and sought to grab her fortune after she died, my fellow author Paul, her cousin, was never in line for any inheritance and filed no challenge. He didn't have any reason to expect a bequest.
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“Huguette was a quiet woman in a noisy time.”
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“Though the platitude—money can’t buy happiness—may be comforting to those who are less than well heeled, great wealth doesn’t ensure sadness either.”
Bill Dedman, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

“WE CAME TO THIS STORY by separate paths, one of us by accident and one by birth.”
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“I beg you to cultivate imagination, which means to develop your power of sympathy, and I entreat you to decide thoughtfully what makes a human being great in his time and in his station. The faculty of imagination is often lightly spoken of as of no real importance, often decried as mischievous, as in some ways the antithesis of practical sense, and yet it ranks with reason and conscience as one of the supreme characteristics by which man is distinguished from all other animals.… Sympathy, the great bond between human beings, is largely dependent on imagination—that is, upon the power of realizing the feelings and the circumstances of others so as to enable us to feel with and for them.”
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“Pour vivre heureux, vivons cache. To live happily, live hidden.”
Bill Dedman, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

“One of W.A.'s descendants described the mixed blessing of inherited wealth: "I think having such wealth can lead some people to have a lack of self-worth because of not having developed a lucrative career of their own or even having investigated their own potential. Having an overabundance of wealth can make people insecure around others who have far less than they do, since the former might wonder if potential partners or even friends are 'only' after them for their money. Well-meaning people of excessive wealth can feel anxious about the lack of perfection of charities they support, and about the fact that even as willing patrons they are powerless to obliterate suffering--all the while knowing that any small amount of money that they might spend on themselves is still enough to change or even save some lives. Wealth can lead to guilt over the unfairness of people working endlessly for them who have never been included fully into the family. In sum, having immense wealth can lead one to feel isolated and to have a false sense of being special." pg 328”
Bill Dedman, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

“Though the platitude—money can’t buy happiness—may be comforting to those who are less than well heeled, great wealth doesn’t ensure sadness either.”
Bill Dedman, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

“WE CAME TO THIS STORY by separate paths, one of us by accident and one by birth.”
Bill Dedman, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

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