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The Unknown Doris Duke 

When: Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m. 2012
Price: Free

Though it's accurate to call Doris Duke an heiress and socialite, the snooty aura of those words is decidedly unfair in her case. The "richest girl in the world" nonetheless worked in an Egyptian sailors' bar during World War II and spent 16-hour days with a shovel in hand digging several of the renowned gardens she founded. Along the way, she burned through two marriages and reputedly had affairs with the likes of Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, playboy actor Errol Flynn, jazzman Joe Castro and General George Patton. But Mary Samouelian, Doris Duke Collection archivist at Duke University's Rubenstein Library, knows there's a lot more to ol' Doris than what's on the Wikipedia page. Samouelian shines a light into some of the shadows of Duke's life in a public talk. The free presentation begins at 3 p.m. at the library's Main Branch at 300 N. Roxboro St. —Chris Vitiello

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