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The Richest Girl in the World: The Extravagant Life and Fast Times of Doris Duke

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From her birth in 1912, when she was christened "the Million-Dollar Baby," to the age of thirteen, when she inherited the bulk of her father's $100 million tobacco fortune, to 1988, when she posted $5 million in bail for former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, Doris Duke has made headlines. But those headlines do not even begin to tell one of the most compelling and fa ...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Kensington
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Louise
This bio does what the title says it will. It tells us about the extravagance and the fast times of Doris Duke. On the plus side, there is a lot of material here and it reads better than a tabloid, but the many quotes from people with axes to grind hamper its credibility.

According to this book, DD believed most people, esp. potential husbands were after her fortune, and from this book, one would have to agree with her.

DD had to have another side that is not presented at all. She did manage to ke
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Rebecca
This book was an interesting read but lacked passion or insight. I saw an A&E Biography about Mrs. Duke and found her life portrayed as far more fascinating than as was described in this book.
Elizabeth Sulzby
I read Rich Girl, Poor Girl first. It extends through Doris Duke's death and how her wills were changed radically on her deathbed and how the foundations were managed under that contested will.

Richest Girl in the World is a much more trivial book but I need to get the Rich Girl, Poor Girl book again since both books are filled with memorable details so much so that I want to know if there was plagiarism or just that the jewels, marble, camels, etc., were all well documented.

Both books did seem
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Muffy Kroha
I think I need to mix it up before I read another celebrity bio- After a while the petulant antics of the alienated rich start to get a little tired. It reminds me of watching that Doors movie, which was preceded by the Tina Turner movie- I was like, yeah, yeah, yeah, you were young and innocent, you got successful, you then partied too hard and everybody grew a beard and started freaking out on each other-

Same thing with the cliche post college Euro trip I took where you just go from museum to
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Rebecca King
This lady has lived an unimaginable life, beginning with her birth into an extremely wealthy (1900 wealth = $1M) family with an obsessively protective father and cold, distant mother. This book is testament that wealth (in this case, extreme) can't purchase any long-term happiness.
Sandy Batesel
For some reason this author was hard for me to read. And, the story of Doris Duke was, I thought, a very sad one. She had everything in the world, materially, but nothing at all emotionally. Tragic!
Pixietweet Clip
Loads of fun, loads of famous characters. Luv it, dahling.
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