Pamela Harriman was married three times to rich and famous men. Two of them died and left her all of their money. This gave her the wealth and power she needed to bankroll the future president.
Next, she married famous Broadway producer Leland Hayward, who produced "The Sound of Music".
After he died, she married Averell Harriman, then 79 years old, who was a former New York governor and Ambassador to Britain and the Soviet Union, and a former candidate for President of the United States. His family owned Brown Brothers Harriman, America's leading investment banking and brokerage firm.
Pamela Harriman obviously took good care of her men, and when he died she got every dime.
Always a supporter of liberal causes, she spoke at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, but her candidate lost. Pamela Harriman then bankrolled young Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. She raised $12 million for him. After Clinton was elected, any time she wanted to see him, she called him up and he came right over to her house in Georgetown.
Clinton appointed her as US Ambassador to France, where she died on February 5, 1997 at the age of 76. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage she suffered while swimming in the Embassy swimming poll.
On her way to snaring three famous men as her husbands, she obviously slept with a lot of notable millionaires. Leland Hayward, producer of "The Sound of Music", called her "the greatest courtesan of the 20th century". "She loved men, and men loved her, and she knew how to please men," wrote People Magazine.
Almost every woman dreams of marrying a millionaire and wonders how Pamela Harriman did it three times. The answer: She became the mistress of the men while they were married to other women. For example, she became the mistress of Governor Averell Harriman while she was in her early 20s, even though he was 29 years older than her. In order to cover up this relationship, Harriman had his own daughter move into his house and then had Pamela, who was about the same age as his daughter, move in too. Harriman told his wife that Pamela was the friend and school mate of his daughter and that was why she was living there. In this way, Governor Harriman had both his wife and his mistress sleeping in the same house together, and his wife never suspected anything.
Among her reported lovers that she did not marry were Italian billionaire Gianni Agnelli and journalist Edward R. Murrow.
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