All My Stepchildren? Or Stepmommie Dearest?

Socialite and Democratic Party stalwart Pamela Harriman is sued by her late husband's kin

On Halloween night in Washington, D.C., in the 1970s, children out for trick- or-treat stopped by the elegant N Street townhouse of Averell and Pamela Harriman. They were greeted by a maid in a white apron holding a silver tray full of dimes. How novel! The wealthy Harrimans -- Pamela was the daughter of a British baron, Averell a financier and former Governor of New York -- were handing out money instead of candy. But not a lot. The maid cautioned: "Just one dime each."

Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman, Democratic Party power hostess, widow of multimillionaire Averell, and currently U.S....

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