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April 18, 2012
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March 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
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March 17, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, the heiress, philanthropist and horticulturist who was a confidante of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and became a central figure in the trial of John Edwards by using her money to hide his mistress during his 2008 presidential campaign, has died at her Virginia estate. She was 103.  Her death was confirmed by her assistant, Tony Willis. Mellon was the granddaughter of the inventor of Listerine who gained even greater wealth when she married banking scion Paul Mellon.
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March 17, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, the heiress, philanthropist and horticulturist who was a confidante of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and became a central figure in the trial of John Edwards by using her money to hide his mistress during his 2008 presidential campaign, has died at her Virginia estate. She was 103.  Her death was confirmed by her assistant, Tony Willis. Mellon was the granddaughter of the inventor of Listerine who gained even greater wealth when she married banking scion Paul Mellon.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Fashion heiress Patricia Gucci has listed her estate in Mountain Center for $9 million. The Riverside County compound consists of a nearly 11,000-square-foot main house, a guest house, tennis court quarters, a swimming pool with spa and a kennel. The contemporary Moroccan-style estate has a screening theater, a library, 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Built in 1989, the two-level house sits on 23 acres in a gated community. It has views of Coachella Valley, Joshua Tree National Park and mountain ranges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2006 | Ashley Surdin and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Slain Clifton's Cafeteria heiress Jean Clinton Roeschlaub was stabbed, sources close to the murder investigation said Wednesday, but officials have not released a cause of death. Glendale police spokesman John Balian said he could not confirm or deny that the victim, 83, was fatally stabbed. "I don't know who would be close enough to the investigation to let you know that at this point," he said. Roeschlaub's body was found Aug. 2 in her 16th-floor Glendale penthouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
REAL ESTATE
May 30, 1999
Barbara Hutton was not an actress ("Hot Property," May 16). She was the Woolworth heiress and was worth $80 million to $100 million in 1935. When she and actor Cary Grant married, the newspaper headline read "Cash and Cary Married." You were no doubt thinking of Betty Hutton, the actress who starred in many of Hollywood's big musicals. She also starred in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth." JOHN S. CLAREY South Pasadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Months after the death of a reclusive 104-year old heiress, the legal skirmishes over her $400-million estate come down to a battle of wills — two of them. Huguette Clark died in May in the New York City hospital where she had lived for at least 20 years. In her 2005 will, she left large sums to a few people — including about $34 million to her nurse — and asked that her Santa Barbara mansion be turned into an art museum. On Monday, however, a second will surfaced in court documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
C. David Heymann, a bestselling biographer whose titillating accounts of famous lives often were criticized as inaccurate or dishonest, including a book on heiress Barbara Hutton that was recalled because of factual disputes, has died. He was 67. Heymann died Wednesday after collapsing in the lobby of his New York City apartment building, said his agent, Mel Berger. The cause was believed to be cardiopulmonary failure. Initially a poet and critic, Heymann wrote books on Ezra Pound and Robert Lowell before turning to popular biography with "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton," published in 1983.
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July 25, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - In a gilded but often lonely life, Cordelia Scaife May, heiress to one of America's most storied fortunes, had a few cherished passions. Protecting birds was one. Keeping immigrants out was another. An ardent environmentalist more comfortable with books and birds than with high-society galas, May believed nature was under siege from runaway population growth. Before her death in 2005, she devoted much of her wealth to rolling back the tide - backing birth control and curbing immigration, both legal and illegal.
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April 4, 2013 | Bloomberg News
Barbara Piasecka Johnson, a former chambermaid who married into the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical family and walked away with part of its epic fortune after a bitterly contested battle over her husband's will, died Monday in her native Poland. She was 76. Her office, BPJ Holdings, in Princeton, N.J., said she died after a long illness. One of the world's richest women, she was a longtime resident of Monaco. Known as Basia, in 1971 she became the third wife of J. Seward Johnson, a son of Johnson & Johnson co-founder Robert Wood Johnson and a director of the New Brunswick, N.J.-based company for 50 years.
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March 11, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
It's a long way from Christy Walton's ocean-view manse near La Jolla to the arid plains of 1940s New Mexico. But over the decades, the billionaire heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune has found solace and inspiration in Rudolfo Anaya's coming-of-age novel, "Bless Me, Ultima," set in that unforgiving landscape, and in the mystical story of a Mexican American boy named Tony who lives there. Finally, a realization hit her. "One of the things I wanted to do before I died was to see this book made into a movie," Walton said one recent morning, gazing from her cliffside home toward the Pacific.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Fashion heiress Patricia Gucci has listed her estate in Mountain Center for $9 million. The Riverside County compound consists of a nearly 11,000-square-foot main house, a guest house, tennis court quarters, a swimming pool with spa and a kennel. The contemporary Moroccan-style estate has a screening theater, a library, 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Built in 1989, the two-level house sits on 23 acres in a gated community. It has views of Coachella Valley, Joshua Tree National Park and mountain ranges.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
"The Heiress," Ruth and Augustus Goetz's oft-revived 1947 stage adaptation of "Washington Square," Henry James' novel of 1850s New York, is back again -- Thursday was opening night for the latest of the tale of misplaced love, coveted property and a plain, diffident heroine who learns to bare her fangs. Jessica Chastain's profile has shot up via recent film roles, including "The Tree of Life," "Take Shelter" and "The Help"  She made her Broadway debut as Catherine Sloper, the mousy heiress who's caught between an insincere suitor (Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey")
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By David Ng
The new Broadway revival of "The Heiress," with Jessica Chastain and "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens, has the bad luck of opening the same week as Hurricane Sandy's big debut. But despite a canceled preview performance, the production will still open on Thursday as scheduled, according to a spokesman. "The Heiress," which began preview performances on Oct. 6, is running at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. Producers canceled Tuesday's preview due to the lingering effects of the hurricane, which cut power to large portions of the East Coast and shut down public transportation in New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
Casey Johnson was an heiress to one of the world's great fortunes, grew up privileged in Manhattan with socialite sisters Paris and Nicky Hilton and eventually moved to Los Angeles, where she became a familiar face on the Hollywood party scene. But amid a gilded existence, Johnson also struggled. She was diagnosed with diabetes, battled drug addiction, had strained relations with her family and last month was hit with criminal charges for allegedly breaking into the home of a girlfriend and taking $22,000 in property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2001
Sidney Spiegel, 81, World War II bodyguard to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, died Wednesday in Somerset, N.J., of pneumonia. As an Army sergeant with the military police, Spiegel was assigned to Eisenhower. The general later wrote in his book, "Crusade in Europe," published in 1948: "A sergeant who accompanied me everywhere in France was a motorcycle policeman named Sidney Spiegel. His personal loyalty and his anxiety to protect me knew no bounds."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County probate judge who oversees an elderly heiress' trust fund approved $50,000 in compensation Tuesday for a Kabbalah Centre official who is under criminal investigation for his handling of the woman's financial affairs. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael I. Levanas signed off on John E. Larkin's payment request without comment. The money covers work that Larkin, a veteran Hollywood financial advisor, performed last year as a trustee for an $11-million family trust fund benefiting 88-year-old Susan Strong Davis.
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July 3, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities have taken over an investigation into the management of an elderly heiress' fortune by a key figure at the Kabbalah Centre, police said Tuesday. A supervisor with the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, which had led a criminal probe into the handling of the housebound widow's affairs, said the department turned over files concerning her longtime business manager, John E. Larkin, to federal agents last month. Sgt. Steve Barber declined to name the agency but said its focus was "financial activities" involving the 88-year-old heiress, Susan Strong Davis, and Larkin, a veteran Hollywood business manager who helps oversee the Kabbalah Centre's money.
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