Nadine Henley, top executive and confidante of the late billionaire Howard Hughes for almost four decades, has died. She was 83.
Miss Henley died Friday in her Las Vegas home after suffering a stroke last week and developing pneumonia.
As senior vice president and director of Summa Corp., Hughes' umbrella company for all his holdings, she was one of the top three people who ran the Hughes financial empire during his final reclusive years and immediately after his death in 1976.
Miss Henley began her career with Hughes in 1940, when she moved to California and worked in the engineering department of Hughes Aircraft.
She became Hughes' private secretary in 1943, and developed into his trusted aide and confidante.
When Hughes moved to Las Vegas in the late 1960s to build his land and gaming empire, Miss Henley remained in Los Angeles to oversee his business interests. She moved to Las Vegas the year Hughes died.