Doris Duke

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Birthday
22, 1912
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Oct 28, 1993 (80)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1912
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Oct 28, 1993 (80)

About

Tobacco heiress and prominent philanthropist. The daughter of James Buchanan Duke, she established Duke Gardens in New Jersey (not to be confused with the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the North Carolina campus of Duke University) and managed the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Before Fame

She grew up on Duke Farms in New Jersey.

Trivia

She increased her father's already massive fortune fourfold and used the money to patronize artists and collect antiques.

Family Life

Her grandfather, Washington Duke, started a tobacco monopoly after the Civil War, which her father inherited and passed along to her when she was twelve years old.

Associated With

She and Barbara Hutton, the billionaire Woolworths heiress, were both famous for their families' fortunes.

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