Monday, March 28, 2005

The Garden

In Shangri La June 2004
It's not my garden, just that of the late Doris Duke the late tobacco heiress who lived an unhappy life, but knew so many people; people like Duke Kahanamoku. Just goes to show that money doesn't gaurantee happiness. Lauren Bacall portrayed Ms. Duke in a TV movie, some years back.

Miss Duke was best known for designing her house to reflect "Islamic" Art. The docents (guides) explained much of the intricate art pieces coming from all over the world from Arabia to North Africa, Spain, Asia, India and more. Miss Duke travelled everywhere to collect these pieces. She even had whole walls imported into the once humble house by the sea.

Dwane and I knew Bernard, (played by Richard Chamberlain in that same TV movie) her butler of ill fame. We didn't know Bernard that well to be invited to the mansion, but we spoke with him on occassion at the bars. He seemed a very private person. Some people intimated that he killed the heiress, but I think that was hogwash and lots of Hollywood hype. If anything, I think it was the step-daughter who caused a lot of the hoohaa.

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