The Mysterious Heiress Huguette Clark

Victim of Elderly Abuse?

Huguette Marcel Clark

Huguette Clark age 104 is a woman who is holed up in a hospital bed. A recluse for most of her life, she is the daughter of one of the richest men America has known, William A. Clark, a copper mine king and a former U.S. Senator, only holding office for one term and known to have a corrupt reputation.

Huguette became the subject of an investigation by the District Attorney of Manhattan after several people who manage her 3 mansions reported that she had not been seen in decades; it was determined that Huguette was in the Doctors Hospital in Manhattan New York because she needed around the clock care, the hospital closed in 2004, and she was moved to Beth Israel Hospital also in Manhattan.

Lawyer Wallace Bock
Lawyer Wallace Bock
Attorney Irving Kamsler
Attorney Irving Kamsler

The reports caused the investigation into the two men, her lawyer (Wallace Bock) and her accountant (Irving Kamsler) who have been handling Clark’s estates and fortune. Huguette is said to be worth over 500 million dollars and being as frail as she is, it is suspected that they have been taking advantage of her generosity and mishandling her money, even selling one of her estates for 2 million dollars and a rare Stradivarius violin for millions as well. Huguette has no children but now that this investigation has taken place, her nieces and nephews have stepped in to protect her against the two men who handled her estate and have even placed a restraining order against Bock and Kamsler

Renoir that was sold.
Renoir that was sold.

Known for her generosity, Huguette’s former nurse stated that she was very generous with her gift giving, and it was not unusual for her to write a check to her caregivers for millions of dollars at a time. Seems to me though that people surrounding Huguette Clark have been taking advantage of this women for many years. After watching this story for awhile, it is a relief to know that her relatives have taken over her care, although it makes one wonder where they have been all this time, and why would they allow others to have so much control of her money.

William Clark and daughter Huguette
William Clark and daughter Huguette
Last picture taken of Huguette circa 1930
Last picture taken of Huguette circa 1930

Who is Huguette Clark?

Huguette Marcel Clark was born in Paris, France in 1906, she was the youngest daughter of Senator William Clark and his second wife, Anna Eugenia La Chappelle. Not much is known about Huguette except that she is very reclusive, so much so that a picture has not been taken of her since around 1930. There is much more known about her father, as he was very well known at the turn of the century as a tycoon, her father being one of the richest men in America during the gold rush, only second to Rockefeller. There is much mystery surrounding Huguette and her life.

Huguette owns three mansions that are still being cared for very diligently but they have sat empty for over 22 years since Huguette checked into her hospital room, where she now resides with only her rare french doll collection surrounding her.

Clark and daughters
Clark and daughters
Cartoon in reference to the senate scandal
Cartoon in reference to the senate scandal

Huguette's Father

William A. Clark-(January 8, 1839 – March 2, 1925) Born in Pennsylvania was a politician and made his fortune from mining and the railroad. He became a banker in Dear Lodge, Montana where he would repossess mining property when owners defaulted on their loans. He made a fortune in electric power, railroads and the mining business and was known as one of the “Copper Kings” of Butte, Montana. Clark built a multi million dollar mansion in Butte, Montana between the years 1884-1888 that is still standing today and is known as the Copper King Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Butte, Montana.

Clark was elected president of the of state constitutional conventions in 1884 and 1888 and wanted to become a politician, but his dream resulted in scandal when it was found out that he bribed members of the Montana State Legislature for their votes. The U.S Senate refused to elect him because of the scandal but he later became a one term senator between the years 1901-1907.

Clark died at the age of 86 at his mansion in New York, one of the 50 richest men in America.

In a 1907 essay entitled "Senator Clark of Montana," Mark Twain portrayed Clark as the very embodiment of Gilded Age excess and corruption. Wrote Twain:

"He is as rotten a human being as can be found anywhere under the flag; he is a shame to the American nation, and no one has helped to send him to the Senate who did not know that his proper place was the penitentiary, with a ball and chain on his legs. To my mind he is the most disgusting creature that the republic has produced since Tweed's time."

Marriages and Children

 William married Mary Louise Stauffer and they had 5 children:

Mary Joaquina (May) Clark Culver Kling de Brabant (Jan 1870-1893)

Charles Walker (Nov 3,1871-April 3,1933)

William Andrews Clark Jr.(March 29,1877-June 14, 1934)

Paul Francis Clark(Feb 1880-1896)

Katherine Louise Clark Morris(May 11,1882-unknown)

After Mary Louise’s death, William married a 23 year old girl, named Anna Eugenia La Chapelle and they had 2 children:

Louise Amelia Andrée Clark (August 13,1902-August 6,1919)

Huguette Clark June 9,1906- still living.

I don’t know how this story will play out but hopefully if these people have been stealing Miss Clark’s money, then I hope that they will have to pay for it. Taking advantage of the elderly in this manner is something that is so easily done because of the frailty and vulnerability of the elderly, Miss Clark being over 100 years old, it is apparent that she is in the dark about many of her finances and probably isn’t even aware of her own physical health.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

What a sad story, ladyjane, and I can't help but compare this frail, bedridden 104-year-old to the dynamic, energetic and still working 101-year-old, Sally Gordon.

As you pointed out, where were her relatives while all this mishandling of her fortune was happening?


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rose56 6 years ago

Very good hub, Its true the elderly do get taking advantage of.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Drbj thanks for reading good to see you again. Im not sure who Sally Gordon is but its amazing that she is still able to work at the age of 101. Im not even 50 yet and Im already soooo tired lol. Thanks for your comments Cheers.

Rose56 thanks for stopping by sis its always great to see you on my page. Cheers.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Huguette Marcel

How do you dwell

Surrounded by your dolls and white garbed nurses

You were generous with things

Garnered by the Copper King

While Irving and Wallace quietly removed them

Your holdings were so vast

Checkered dynasty from the past

Forgotten now by us and your own relations

Were you right to be recluse

Were you hiding from abuse

Would the charities have treated you much better

Only a few things matter

When all is said and done

Only a few things matter

And really

Only one =:)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Very cool winsome thanks for sharing that. Cheers.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Very tragic story. This type of thing seems to go on quite a bit. Isn't anybody with a conscience and a soul watching?


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Lady Jane, good to read from you again. This is quite an intriguing piece that demonstrates the senseless greed of man kind that really care not who or how they do it to, only that they gain more money thus power in this life. A thing I have cast from myself, my riches lay before me and are not spendable lest I trade them for gold, though I am not for sale. I suspect Miss Huguette Clark, is much the same, she's hidden herself from an unjust world and resides in a place she feels safe and detached, it's not about power or riches to her it's about "peace and solitude" things that money just can't buy. She may talk to her audience of dolls, choosing their values and like-minded responses to suite herself thus living in her ideal world.

A very interesting topic to say the least, 50


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

LadyJane, this is a captivating hub. I do so enjoy learning about these sorts of things from your hubs. Thank you.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

"it was not unusual for her to write a check to her caregivers for millions of dollars at a time" - surely those caregivers should be asked some questions? How sad, but at the same time how intersting this story is.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

breakfastpop good to see you. I dont know that there are that many people out there with a conscious that actually care about humankind anymore. Taking advantage of a century old woman is the lowest of the low. Thanks again, cheers.

ACSutliff thanks for stopping by I appreciate you reading my hubs as well and thanks for your comments. Cheers.

50 good to see you as well and I agree with you, it is a sad thing that these men can sleep at night knowing that they are lining their pockets with Huguette's money. Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Cheers.

DeGreek hello good to see you again, I thought the same thing when I saw this story on the news and in fact they did speak to one of her nurses who even said that Huguette even bought her a house at one point. I think that friendship and companionship was probably more importatant to Huguette than her money and perhaps that is why she kept a very low profile...thanks for reading cheers.


American Tiger 6 years ago

It would seem the Huguette is attempting to undo her father's life by being generous with her inheritance. Further proof the rich does not equal evil. Elvis, as I recall, liked to buy Cadillac Convertibles for his friends.

Taking advantage of a woman with that attitude is disgusting. Allowing it to happen might be considered worse.

Thanks for yet another awesome Hub, Lady.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Wow, I thought this happens only in movies. I don’t know if I should feel sorry for Huguette – it seems to me that she is quite happy amongst her dolls and people who care for her. She lives in a better world... I hope. But yes, shame on those who abused her, and yes, where were her family all these years. Do they smell money now? Abusers of people like Huguette deserve punishment – Fortunately the Law protect them – I hope sufficiently in your country.


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Susan K. Earl 6 years ago from North Central Texas

Extremely interesting read, Lady Jane. It is so sad that Huguette ended up in such tragic conditions. Yet, this seems to be a plague of many elderly today, whether they are rich or poor. They are left abandoned by their families and often in the care of people who mistreat them and take advantage of their frailness. Thanks for bringing this story to light.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

American Tiger thanks for stopping by. I agree with you that the rich doesnt necessarily equal evil in this case I think in her fathers case it must have been different. Thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Susan thanks for reading and you are right there are so many sad cases of elderly abuse and it just makes me sick how some elderly people are treated. ITs like some people have no soul to abuse anyone like that. I wish that it could be different. thanks again cheers.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Martie thanks again for stopping by. I would hope that in this country they will punish those who have taken advantage of Huguette and I dont so much feel sorry for you because it seemed that she lived quite a long life but it is sad that she spent so much time in a hospital room especially with all the money she has it seems she couldve afforded to have around the clock care at home. Maybe she felt more vulnerable at home for some unknown reason, I guess the unknown is what gives one pause. Thanks again for stopping in cheers.


loriamoore 6 years ago

So sad.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree Loriamoore thanks for reading. Cheers.


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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

I agree this story is very sad, I'm sure it happens much more than we even know, great hub:) ge


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

I was unfamiliar with this story and found it very interesting. I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but I don't think I would choose those two mugs as my lawyer and accountant. They even look shifty.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for reading geegee and I think you are right, it does happen I dont know how these guys can sleep at night. Cheers.

Christoph I couldnt agree with you more, their eyes look shifty alright lol. THanks for stopping by, cheers.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Very interesting hub. It's also great the way you have the news coming in -- fresh -- to your site. This poor lady. Who knows but that she has had many lucid moments and has known the terrible predicament she is in -- and had no way out of it.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Pamela thanks for reading and I do feel bad for Huguette also hopefully her family will care for her now. Cheers.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Great hub here. She sounds like she was probably over-protected by her handlers who took unfair advantage of her good decent streak. It could make a good movie perhaps? Truth is often stranger than fiction after all.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Cheeky Girl you are right truth is very often stranger than fiction and who knows maybe now her family will be in charge of her so she can live out her remaining days without fear. Thanks for visiting. Cheers.


Stuck in Orbit 6 years ago from LEO

That is quite sad. So much for any character or glimpse of morality those lawyers might have had. Then again, what can you expect...


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Stuck in Orbit yea these lawyers didnt look all that trustworthy to me, it really is a shame. thanks for reading.cheers.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I'm here late but I enjoyed this a lot my LadyJane. Thank you Dear. Buttons up!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Micky you are never late. THanks for visiting. Cheers.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

i read a whole article on huguette that msn had on their front headliners...really interesting lady. her whole fascination with dolls was very intriguing and haunting in a way. thanks for writing about this mysterious woman.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

kittythedreamer thanks for reading my article and I agree with you Huguette is a fascinating and intriguing lady. Im just glad that she is going to be protected now Hopefully by her family...Cheers to you.


pixie671 5 years ago

Ummm... does anyone else here think this person just happens to look like a dude?? I mean, back in those days, the whole transgender thing would have seriously been frowned upon, especially who her/his father was. Maybe this is why she/he has been secluded.... just sayin'


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

very sad story. I hope by now she has had some justice. I hope her remaining years were a little happier.


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ladyjane1 3 years ago from Texas Author

Hey gal hope your well. It is indeed a sad story, luckily the lawyers robbing her have been brought to justice but Miss Clark did pass away about a year or so ago....good to see you.

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