N.Y.C. Doormen Might Inherit $3 Million From So-Called 'Ex-Fiancée' of John F. Kennedy
After years of opening doors for the Upper East Side’s elite, three New York City doormen might soon join their ranks – all thanks to a woman who reportedly once romanced John F. Kennedy, according to DNAinfo.com.
Alice Corning Clark, a socialite, died on Feb. 10, leaving behind at least $17 million in assets, per DNAinfo.com.
In her handwritten 2001 will, filed in probate court in the Bahamas, Clark allegedly bequeathed $1 million to her longtime doorman, William Courtney, 62. In addition, DNAinfo.com reported, Feliz Afandor and George Rodriguez – two other doormen at 955 Fifth Ave., which borders Central Park – were also allegedly named as beneficiaries.
While all three men are anticipating the sizable bonus (“I got plans,” Afandor told DNAinfo.com), Leonard Boehner, a lawyer who represented Clark in the ’60s has challenged the will as a fake, and provided proof of a type-written, signed and witnessed 2004 document.
The alleged 2004 will, according to DNAinfo.com, instead leaves all Clark’s assets to the Humane Society.
So why would a wealthy woman, who long claimed to be the ex-fiancée of former president Kennedy, leave all her finances to the doormen?
Courtney told DNAinfo.com that he spent countless time with Clark during the last years of her life, taking her to doctor’s appointments, among other things.
“I used to sit up with her for hours upstairs and talk about everything under the sun. She told me about all her husbands, everything,” Courtney told the site.
Among the things she divulged? Details of her relationship with Kennedy, before Jackie and even the White House.
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Clark reportedly told Italian magazine Le Ore in 1961 that she and Kennedy were set to wed 10 years prior, but his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., forbade the marriage because she was Jewish, according to DNAinfo.com.
Released private files belonging to late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover reference Clark, seemingly confirming her story. One document revealed that Clark might have threatened to out the romance in the ’60s, which resulted in a hush money payout – delivered by Robert Kennedy – of $500,000.
With or without the alleged payout, Clark’s fortune was vast: her second husband, Singer sewing machine heir Alfred Corning Clark, died shortly after their wedding. He left her $10 million, according to DNAinfo.com.
While executors in both the Bahamas and New York battle over the authenticity of the two wills on file, the doormen are holding out hope.
“She always gave hints. She always said, ‘Your life is going to change,’ ” Courtney told DNAinfo.com. “I guess she wanted us to know that what we were doing wasn’t in vain.”