October 31, 1985 |
Marchioness Isabella Guglielmi, an Italian noblewoman kidnaped by armed men four months ago, was freed late Tuesday night on a roadside near this northern Italian city, police reported Wednesday. According to Italian press reports, her relatives paid a ransom of $1.12 million about two weeks ago.
November 12, 1992 |
Catherine Sloper, the center of William Wyler's sensitive and enduring 1949 film, "The Heiress," is the type of character that haunts you like the sight of a lost puppy searching futilely for home. Catherine is surely one of cinema's most memorable and heartbreaking doormats. She is a turn-of-the-century spinster and the sole heir to her father's vast estate. But despite the best schooling, she is also bereft of the type of charm, grace and intelligence expected of a woman of her class.
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April 15, 2008 |
Polly Lauder Tunney, 100, the Carnegie Steel Co. heiress whose marriage to heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney made international headlines in 1928, died Saturday at her home in Stamford, Conn., her family said. Mary "Polly" Lauder was 21 when she married Tunney in Italy a year after he successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long count" fight in Chicago.
August 28, 1994 |
It is portrayed as a conspiracy of the rich and infamous--a network of riders, trainers, owners and veterinarians who concocted a vicious plot to kill horses to collect insurance. The same people who pampered horses, picking up silver cups and blue ribbons along the exclusive riding circuit here and abroad, now stand accused of playing a role in the cruelest crimes: electrocuting, starving, even allowing animals to be burned alive.
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February 18, 2001 |
History made the Sycamore Inn one of Rancho Cucamonga's best-known places, first as a tavern and post office, then as a Butterfield Stage stop and at last as a rustic steak house along what would become the fabled Route 66--a site that's been feeding travelers for 140 years. But what makes this restaurant even more memorable is the cowardly murder of a ranch foreman and the plot to murder a land-rich widow that took place there just after the Civil War.
May 26, 2007 |
A Campbell's Soup heiress has given a second gift of $25 million to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Philanthropist Dorrance H. Hamilton's donation, announced this week, matches one she made in November and increases the university's endowment to more than $75 million. The fund stood at only $17 million a year ago. Hamilton is the granddaughter of Campbell's Soup founder John T. Dorrance. Her donations are the largest in the school's 130-year history.
October 22, 1996 |
A high-school dropout was executed in Starke, Fla., for kidnapping and killing an heiress to the Evinrude fortune while robbing the convenience store where she worked. John Earl Bush, 38, was electrocuted for the fatal stabbing of Frances Julia Slater in 1982 in Stuart, Fla. Slater, 18, was the granddaughter of Evinrude Motors founder Ralph Evinrude and actress Frances Langford.
December 14, 2006 |
An American heiress is donating $982,000 to help bail out the debt-ridden Edinburgh International Festival. Chicago-born Carol Colburn Hogel, who lives in the Scottish capital, made the contribution through her family's Dunard Fund charitable trust. The Scottish Arts Council said Wednesday that it would match the commitment with a $982,000 donation of its own. Hogel stepped in to help at the world's largest arts festival after three years of mounting debts led to a $2.9-million deficit.
May 14, 1998 |
Arms heiress Susan Cummings was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing her Argentine polo-playing lover, but a Fauquier County jury in Warrenton sentenced her to just 60 days in prison, partially accepting her argument that she acted with justification. "I feel very happy," said Cummings, 35, who could have faced up to life in prison had she been convicted of the original charge of first-degree murder in the Sept. 7 death of Roberto Villegas, 38.