The Fortune Hunters Dazzling Women and the Men They Married

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  • Copyright: 2008-08-19
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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From Madame de Pompadour, the famed mistress of Louis XV, to Pamela Harriman, who married into the English aristocracy and the American plutocracy, there is a rich history of women who have found glamour and wealth in the arms of a billionaire. But what kind of woman does it take to make the Midas marriage? Exploring the lives of the great fortune hunters of our day, reporter and former gossip columnist Charlotte Hays answers this tantalizing question. You'll learn about the South Carolina woman who took a trip around the world with a shadowy shipping magnate'”only to meet and marry a philandering marquis. You'll see what methods they use to lure their powerful men, including one playful fortune seeker who, at a very high society soirée, hurled a piece of bread at her intended beau, starting a food fight. You'll meet the New York socialite who remarried so quickly after a divorce, her ex claimed she was a bigamist. Whatare their recipes for riches? Can a genuinely nice woman pursue this career? What does love have to do with it? With original interviews and photos, Hays casts a light on the determination, skill, and yes, sometimes, ruthlessness that have shaped some of the most successful'”and lucrative'”unions of our time.

Author Biography

Charlotte Hays has been a gossip columnist for the New York Daily News, The New York Observer, and The Washington Times. She is coauthor of Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral and Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch that Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface: Why I Wrote This Bookp. xiii
Prospecting for Gold: What Kind of Woman Does It Take?p. 1
The Power of Beauty and the Philandering Marquisp. 10
If at First You Don't Succeed...p. 31
The Great Courtesans: Their Simple Recipes for Richesp. 52
Bringing Down the Housep. 72
Gold-Plated Godmother: The Duchess of Windsorp. 99
Gold-Plated Godmothers: Jackie O and Pamela Harrimanp. 119
Trumping Each Otherp. 146
Universally Acknowledging: The Uptown Darling and the Lady from Ljubljanap. 165
Afterward ... Unstoppable Redheadsp. 175
Sacrificial Lambs? The Children of Fortune Huntersp. 200
Epilogue: Fortune Hunting for Fun and Profit (and-Quite Often-Love): It's Your Choicep. 213
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 231
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