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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... Duke Gardens were part of the 2,700-acre (11 km2) Duke Farms estate built by James Buchanan Duke, founder of the American Tobacco Company and benefactor of Duke University ... Duke Farms is located on U.S ... The Gardens were designed and installed by Doris Duke herself, therefore several alternative names are used The Doris Duke Indoor Display Gardens at Duke Farms, Duke Farms ...
... Several biographies of Duke have been published, most notably Stephanie Mansfield's The Richest Girl in The World (Putnam 1994) ... book, (starring Lauren Bacall as Duke and Richard Chamberlain as Lafferty) was aired with the title, Too Rich The Secret Life of Doris Duke ... No One (1997) by Ted Schwarz with Tom Rybak, was co-authored by one of Duke's staff ...
... Shangri La is the name of an Islamic-style mansion built by heiress Doris Duke near Diamond Head just outside Honolulu, Hawaii ... It is now owned by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) in cooperation with the Honolulu Museum of Art, and open to the public for tours an ... Construction of Shangri La began in 1937, after Doris Duke's 1935 honeymoon which took her through the Islamic world ...
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