Women’s Wear Daily
04.16.2014
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Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed, the grande dame with the hand that cradled the Waspy rock of Hobe Sound, died recently and left her share of the island, 60 percent of the Jupiter Island Club, to her sons and heirs. Obviously, Permelia Reed...

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This has not exactly been "The Year of Happiness" for Claudia and Nelson Peltz with, for instance, Claudia's sister, Chandi Duke Heffner, suing the estate of her late adopted mother, tobacco heiress Doris Duke, in a let-it-all-hang-out suit guaranteed to muddy the waters for maybe years to come.

Next came the sexual harassment suit filed against Peltz by a disgruntled housemaid at his $18 million oceanfront Palm Beach estate. Some Palm Beachers dismiss this as another instance of litigious servants intimidating former employers, but those things can be dicey.

And to really make their day, the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser has slapped a $23.3 million appraisal on Montsorrel, the palatial place Claudia and Nelson bought in 1987 from the late railroad heiress Anita Young. What a bit. Kicking and screaming, the Peltzes paid the tax but instituted a lawsuit a few hours later which states the property appraiser seriously discriminated against Montsorrel, treating it quite differently from comparable oceanfront estates. We shall see what we shall see.

A short sprint down the sand from Montsorrel, the George Colemans have had the real estate nightmare of nightmares. For all intents and purposes, the California couple had sold their sprawling residence to a Wall Street dealmaker -- except the dealmaker, who amassed millions in the Eighties, backed out, saying the financial aspects of his divorce bounced off the Richter scale. (Did he expect his soon-to-be ex was going to be Mrs. Nice Guy?)

Believing it was a done deal, Dawn Coleman had a professional agency mount a chic yard sale with personal invitations, ads in the paper, etc. The sale lasted two days and included everything from minor art treasures and pool furniture to racks and racks of Dawn's used Valentinos and George's old shoes and expensive sports gear. They are said to be in a high-class snit.

Julia Roberts -- who you may remember first met one of her lovers, Jason Patric -- on the plane coming back from the Canyon Ranch in Arizona, was at the Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires the weekend before this one. We do know she went there with man trouble on her mind, but we don't know if she met anyone hunky on the plane coming back. Anyhow, there are already enough men in her life, so she may have been getting pumped up at the health farm the better to cope with the heavy rumors hitting her from all sides about those men in her life. Mary Tyler Moore was there the same weekend. Without man trouble on her mind. If she does have any, she can always see a doctor -- the one she has at home.
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