The life story of a wealthy heiress, who has come to life on a park bench
• The life story of a wealthy heiress, who has come to life on a park bench
Marianne Friedman Foot spends almost every night, wrapped in a sleeping bag in the Central Park in New York, just a mile from the apartment on Park Avenue cost $ 10 million, in which she grew up. 63-year-old Marianna was once a girl from high society heiress and granddaughter of the powerful textile businessman in Manhattan. She had a housekeeper, she studied ballet and graduated from the prestigious private school. But life went after his mother's death derailed, and the family fortune has flowed through his fingers. The woman survived the depression, heroin addiction, and in August it was evicted from the house. Now she spends the night in the park.
"I grew up in a house with reception hall. Shit happens, is not it? "- says Marianne in an interview with New York Post. With her husband, Frank, they settled to the north of the pond in Central Park. They keep things in garbage bags and sleep on foam mattresses.
The woman grew up in a house at Park Avenue 940. Her family owned a huge flat area of 370 square meters in a beautiful house in Art Deco style. Now, this apartment is worth $ 10 million. However, it had to sell for just $ 3 million after the death of his mother Marianna. The money she spent with her sister Georgia. The girls were granddaughters Isidore Kaplan, a wealthy businessman from Manhattan, who owned a business for the production of fabrics.
Marianne Friedman in 1971 after graduating from high school.
At Marianne left pleasant memories of childhood that fell on 1950-1960's. Her mother was depressed and sometimes panic attacks. "I remember that my mother was sitting in the dressing room like this", - says Marianna and ssutulivaetsya on a park bench.
On graduation photo, 1971 Marianna long hair, a smile from ear to ear and looking somewhere away from the camera. She studied dance at the famous art school, Calhoun (Calhoun School) in the Upper East Side. The following year, the death of her grandfather, and mother sold the family business for a few million.
Then Marianne left home. She graduated from Boston University, and became a nurse first married. She was born the daughter Giselle. But about 30 years ago Marianne husband, who served in the FBI, was forced to move to New York for work. They returned to the area where it grew Marianne, and soon divorced. Ex-husband went to Florida and took Gisele.
Marianne saw daughter since the girl was three years old. "I can tell what she was wearing on the day when she left. She was wearing a blue T-shirt and bottom with white crosses, swords on the sides, that's it. I still see her. It gnaws at me every day. Especially when I see the children in the park. This is not good. There is no place for sarcasm. Come on, please change the subject. "
The woman had lost contact with his mother and sister, who, as she says Marianne, believed that care should get her ex-husband of Gisele. Marianna was depressed. She's hooked on heroin when she was forty-odd years, and for six years on methadone four times a week. After his mother's death by dividing the amount of $ 3 million inheritance with his sister, Marianne met current husband Frank. He 59 years old, he is a builder. The couple married in 2000 and bought a house in Amityville, Long Island, but lost their homes during the financial crisis.
"We just let down my mother's money like crazy," - says Marianne. As a result, the family stopped to live in the house of a friend who introduced them - Donna Eltinger. She had cirrhosis and lung cancer. Marianne and Frank began to take care of it. Donna died three years ago, and in August, a married couple was kicked out of her apartment.
The house where once lived Marianna.
A lawyer who took up their case on a pro bono basis, hoping that city officials podyschut them with housing and believes that Marianne would not survive if it had to spend the winter in the park.
Marianne and Frank stopped with friends as much as possible, and she is trying not to lose a sense of humor and presence of mind. "I do not believe in suicide, but if I can not find some particle of humor, at least something, I climbed the highest tree and drop. I need to find something that will help me through all this, "- says Marianne.