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Doris Duke - Heiress to the Duke Fortune

Doris Duke inherited her family's $80 million fortune when she was only 13. One of five homes owned by the heiress was in Newport, Rhode Island. Here's background information on this remarkable woman, along with information on touring her Newport home, Rough Point.

A Peek Inside Doris Duke's Closet
A special exhibit of Doris Duke's clothing was on view at Rough Point, Doris Duke's mansion home in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2005. "From Jet Set to Jeans: The Wardrobe of Doris Duke," showcased spectacular fashions worn by the stylish socialite from the late 1920s through the latter part of the 20th century. I'll show you some of them on this photo tour.

VIDEO: A Peek Inside Doris Duke's Closet
Missed the special exhibit of Doris Duke's fashions at Rough Point in 2005? This video, shot on location at Rough Point, will show you some of the highlights of the Doris Duke clothing collection.

Doris Duke's Jewelry Exhibited at Rough Point
Rough Point, Doris Duke's mansion estate in Newport, Rhode Island, hosted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the Doris Duke Jewelry Collection before it was sold at auction in 2004. "Gems of the East and West" featured about 100 jewelry pieces owned by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation including designer creations and 19th-century jewelry crafted in India.

Doris Duke Biography
From the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, here is a brief biography of the heiress, who was born in 1912 and died in 1993.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
With no direct heirs of her own, most of heiress Doris Duke's estate, valued at more than $1 billion at the time of her death, was left to The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which supports causes that include medical research, the arts, the environment and child abuse prevention.

Doris Duke's Estate Opens to the Public
From Fodor's, an account of the public opening of Rough Point in 2000.

Newport Restoration Foundation
The Newport Restoration Foundation was founded by Doris Duke in 1968 to preserve the seaside city's Colonial homes. Today, in addition to operating Rough Point, the Doris Duke mansion, the NRF also owns and continues to preserve 83 18th-century houses in Newport.

Rough Point
Rough Point in Newport, Rhode Island, was one of five homes owned by Doris Duke. It is now owned and operated by the Newport Restoration Foundation, an organization that she founded in 1968, and open for tours. It is preserved exactly as it was at the time of Duke's death.

The Will of Doris Duke
From Court TV's Famous Wills section, here is the text of Doris Duke's will, along with a brief synopsis of some of the litigation that it inspired.

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