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If "Sunset Boulevard" had an opium-induced sequel, "Tarantula" would be it. Imagine Norma Desmond as a dime-store heiress, hiding in an island estate to write her memoirs after spending decades in an asylum. The demented heiress and B-movie star has snared two stud hustlers in her moneyed web. But there's an obstacle to the autobiography's completion: Opium addiction has eroded her brain. Now imagine Norma Desmond as portrayed by Tina Preston, one of L.A.
March 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
The husband of a DuPont family heiress was sentenced Thursday to more than 16 years in prison for his role in the contract killing of a former prostitute who became a family nemesis. "To this day, I don't know why I did what I did," Christopher Moseley told U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush. "But I do know Patricia Margello is dead, and I'm responsible for that." Moseley and three others were charged in the Aug. 2, 1998 death of Margello in a seedy motel near the Las Vegas Strip.
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.
October 31, 1985 | From Reuters
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 | JON MATSUMOTO
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.
April 15, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
February 18, 2001 | Cecilia Rasmussen
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.
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.
May 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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