Doris Duke, 1912 - 1993


Place of birth

New York, New York

Place of death

Beverly Hills, California

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Biography

Doris Duke, born November 22, 1912, was the daughter of James Buchanan Duke (1856-1925) and Nanaline Holt Inman Duke (1871-1960). She inherited her fortune after the death of her father, founder of the American Tobacco Company and namesake of Duke University.

In 1968, Duke founded the Newport Restoration Foundation to preserve eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architecture in Newport.

She died in 1993.(1)


1. Eric Pace, "Doris Duke, 80, Heiress Whose Great Wealth Couldn't Buy Happiness, Is Dead," The New York Times, October 29, 1993. http://www.nytimes.com.