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Doris Duke

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Buchanan Duke and Nanaleen Inman
Ex-wife of James Henry Roberts Cromwell and Porfirio Rubirosa
Half sister of Walker P Inman

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About Doris Duke

American heiress and philanthropist.

Doris Duke (November 22, 1912 – October 28, 1993) was an American heiress, horticulturalist, art collector, and philanthropist.

Daughter of an immensely rich tobacco tycoon, Duke was able to fund a life of global travel and wide-ranging interests. These extended across journalism, competition surfing, jazz piano, wildlife conservation, Oriental art and Hare Krishna.

Much of her work centered on her father's estate at Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, where she created many elaborately-themed gardens, furnished with artifacts acquired on her world travels, including one of America's largest indoor botanical displays. She was also active in preserving more than eighty historic buildings in Newport, Rhode Island.

Twice married and divorced, Duke enjoyed a colourful private life that was seldom out of the gossip-columns.

Her philanthropic work continued into her old age, some of it unknown to the public during her lifetime, and her estimated $1.3 billion fortune was largely left to charity. After much legal challenging of the executors and trustees, Duke's legacy is now administered by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, dedicated to medical research, prevention of cruelty to children and animals, the performing arts, wildlife and ecology.

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Doris Duke's Timeline

November 22, 1912
New York, New York, United States
October 28, 1993
Age 80
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States