Irving, Clifford

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Irving, Clifford Gender: M
born on 5 November 1930 at 04:49 (= 04:49 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 12°16' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 00°06 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 21°30'


American writer and popular novelist who claimed to be the official biographer of Howard Hughes, one of the biggest literary hoaxes ever perpetrated. He convinced his publisher, McGraw Hill to accept his book for release for $750,000 while his Swiss wife, Edith, laundered his funds into a Swiss bank account under an assumed name. While Edith was in Switzerland, Irving was in various tropical locations, supposedly meeting with Hughes, but actually dallying with Nina van Pallandt, a Danish folk singer. When the Hughes Tool company issued a statement denying the book's validity, Irving responded that Hughes had been meeting with him in secret.

On 1/07/1972, Hughes personally called a press meeting to denounce Irving. The person whose name Edith had used in Switzerland turned up at the bank where Edith had used her name. Handwriting experts who had examined the so-called Hughes letters expressed their doubts of authenticity. Irving's house of cards collapsed and on 3/09/1972 he was indicted on charges of grand larceny.

Irving forfeited $1 million in advances and spent 17 months in jail for fraud. After his release, he went bankrupt in 1976 as the fiasco left him with debts of more than $700,000.

The world famous rogue is the son of a cartoonist. His book fraud contributed to a divorce in 1974. He keeps a low profile with his present wife, and lived near Guadalupe, Mexico, until they made a move to Aspen, Colorado.

His seven well-received novels include the crime-fiction novel, "Trial," in 1991.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Gere, Richard (born 31 August 1949). Notes: 2006 film "The Hoax"


  • Social : Secrets revealed 7 January 1972 (Denounced by Hughes)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 9 March 1972 (Indicted on charges of grand larceny)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1974 (Due to book fraud)
  • Financial : Lose significant money 1976 (Bankrupt, debts over $700,000)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1991 ("Trial")

Source Notes

Church of Light quotes John Hanson from Irving's mom


  • Traits : Personality : Liar/ Fraud (Claim that he was Howard Hughes biographer)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Bankruptcy
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime (Grand Larceny)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection