News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV
NV89 Discover Music

an member station


Huguette Clark, The Phantom Of Fifth Avenue

In the spring of 2011 wealthy New York heiress Huguette Clark died. She was the last daughter of William Andrews Clark, the mining mogul of the late 19th and early 20th century. And he gave his name to Clark County, Nevada.

Clark was one of the wealthiest men of his time – he became a patron of the arts and built a 121-room mansion on Fifth Avenue. But despite her family’s wealth, Huguette Clark led a very sheltered, even cloistered life – and spent the last years living in a hospital room where nurses and her lawyer and accountant acted as gatekeepers.

This strange life is told in a new book by Meryl Gordon, “The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Huguette Clark."



Support comes from

Meryl Gordon, author

Copyright 2015 KNPR-FM. To see more, visit