Saturday, March 24, 2007


I thought this was a cool website. I never knew that Doris Duke was into Islamic art and architecture, apparently from the time she visited the Taj Mahal when she was in her 20's. (I really enjoyed the movie about her starring Lauren Bacall.)

Duke married twice, the second time to Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa (later the fifth of Barbara Hutton's seven husbands):

[H]e was supremely well endowed: "There is no way around saying it out loud: The man was well-hung, hung, indeed, legendarily, his superhuman endowment a calling card that recommended him to circles into which he might otherwise never have gained admittance. Women heard about it, wondered about it, whispered about it, had to see it . . . and who was he to deny them?" The rest of what Levy has to say about this matter probably shouldn't be quoted in a family newspaper; suffice it to say that Rubirosa knew how to get the job done and had the equipment to do it. [More here]

I read that Doris spoke in a "soft high breathy voice (remember Jackie)"--an "affectation among the wealthy" (??)--at any rate, unlike Lauren Bacall.

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