Ford, Kathy

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Name
Ford, Kathy Gender: F
Kathleen DuRoss
born on 11 February 1940 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Belding, Michigan, 43n06, 85w14
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 21°34' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°25 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 08°15'



Biography

American heiress, widowed with the death of Henry Ford II, 70, who died of pneumonia on 9/29/1987. He left Kathleen $3 million in cash plus the income - estimated at $15 million a year - from a $350 million trust, in addition to homes in London, Palm Beach and suburban Detroit. The generous will to his widow sparked a long and bitter court battle, which was settled in 1988, between Kathleen and Henry's three kids from his first marriage.

Raised in a working-class home in Detroit, she was married and pregnant at 15; her husband, David DuRoss, was killed in a car crash three years later on 12/12/1959. She became a model to support their two kids. At 30, she met Henry Ford II, and took the role of his mistress for years in a "back street" affair before becoming his third wife on 10/1/1980. Broadly traveled in the U.S. and Europe, she took up the hobby of photography.

On the evening of 1/10/1997, while she was out of the country, a burglar removed a windowpane of the master bedroom at her $4.6 million home in Palm Beach, Florida and made off with her jewels, worth an estimated $12 to $15 million. She was not insured, and offered a $1 million reward. Though the majority of the jewels were returned through the efforts of Randy Jones and Shawn Slep, the owners of Global Gems, a jewelry store, and Jeff Meyer, who spotted one of the gems and reported it in December 1997, the reward was never paid and turned into an ugly legal fight instead.

Relationships

Events

  • Death of Mate 12 December 1959 (First husband killed in car crash)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1970 (Henry Ford II)
  • Relationship : Marriage 14 October 1980 (Henry Ford II)
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  • Financial : Gain significant money September 1987 (Inherited large estate from Henry)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 1988 (Courts settled financial estate)
  • Financial Crime Victimization 10 January 1997 (Jewels burglared in amount of $12 to 15 million)
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  • Misc. : Find something December 1997 (Some of jewels returned)
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Source Notes

Penny Thornton quotes her in "Sons and Lovers."

Categories

  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Mistress of Henry Ford II for ten years)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Twice)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Three step-kids)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Money Through Marriage
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Photography)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Travel
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model
  • Notable : Famous : Socialite
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women

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