Doris Duke

Born Nov 22, 1912

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1912 Birth Born on November 22, 1912.


1925 12 Years Old Duke was the only child of tobacco and hydroelectric power tycoon James Buchanan Duke and his second wife, Nanaline Holt Inman, widow of Dr. William Patterson Inman. At his death in 1925, the elder Duke's will bequeathed the majority of his estate to his wife and daughter, along with $17 million in two separate clauses of the will, to The Duke Endowment he had created in 1924. … Read More
1930 17 Years Old She was presented to society as a debutante in 1930, aged 18, at a ball at Rough Point, the family residence in Newport, Rhode Island. … Read More


1935 22 Years Old Duke married twice, the first time in 1935 to James H. R. Cromwell, the son of Palm Beach society doyenne Eva Stotesbury. … Read More
1940 27 Years Old …  Duke initially maintained that Heffner was the reincarnation of her only biological child Arden, who died soon after birth in 1940. … Read More


1943 30 Years Old They divorced in 1943.
1947 34 Years Old On September 1, 1947, while in Paris, Duke became the third wife of Porfirio Rubirosa, a diplomat from the Dominican Republic. … Read More


1958 45 Years Old …  In 1958, she established the Duke Gardens Foundation to endow the public display gardens she started to create at Duke Farms. … Read More


1968 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Duke created the Newport Restoration Foundation with the goal of preserving more than eighty colonial buildings in the town. … Read More


1992 79 Years Old In 1992, at the age of 79, Duke had a facelift. … Read More
1993 80 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1993, she underwent surgery for a knee replacement. … Read More
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