She was almost certainly the last link to New York’s Gilded Age, reared in Beaux-Arts splendor in a 121-room Fifth Avenue mansion awash in Rembrandt, Donatello, Rubens and Degas. Her father, a copper baron who once bought himself a United States Senate seat as casually as another man might buy a pair of shoes, had been born before the Mexican War. Her six siblings died long before her, one in the 19th century.
...Mrs. Clark lived in the apartment in near solitude, amid a profusion of dollhouses and their occupants. She ate austere lunches of crackers and sardines and watched television, most avidly “The Flintstones.” A housekeeper kept the dolls’ dresses impeccably ironed.
Peter Gilman, who wrote a best-selling novel while working as a journalist, died here on Wednesday. He was 73.
Mr. Gilman was a reporter for The Honolulu Star-Bulletin in the 1950's when he wrote ''Diamond Head,'' which topped the New York Times best-seller list in 1960.
Columbia Pictures paid $100,000 for the book, at the time the highest ever paid by the studio to an unknown author. The novel became the 1962 movie ''Diamond Head,'' starring Charlton Heston.
After his success Mr. Gilman moved to Paris, where he joined a group of fellow expatriate writers, including James Jones, James Baldwin and William Styron. Later he trained polo ponies in Argentina and became an artist and commercial fisherman in Mexico.
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