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The fur-coated bride was young (22), pertly pretty and the "richest girl in the world."The socialite-playboy groom smiled ecstatically and told reporters: "I assure you that it was love at first sight . . . love at first sight." Then amateur Sportsman James H. R. Cromwell and his bride, the former Doris Duke, boarded the Italian liner Conte di Savoia, sailed romantically away on an eight-month, round-the-world honeymoon. That was in 1935.

Last December the Reno courts awarded Doris Duke Cromwell a divorce on grounds of cruelty. Jimmy Cromwell marched straight into New...

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