24 Jan 1929 -Richard Hudnut Estate Left to his Wife

Richard Hudnut perfume mogul and a former father-in-law to Rudolph Valentino left his entire estate to his wife with the exception of $4000 bequest according to the terms of his will.  Mr. Hudnut claimed Foxlair Camp as his legal residence.  The will was filed by the National City Bank, New York with Mrs. Hudnut and their stepdaughter Natacha Rambova as executors.  The petition gives value of the real estate as $10,000 and personal property $50,000, but it is understood the estate is actually many times over these figures.  The will first provides Woodlawn Cemetery Inc of Bronx County shall be given the Hudnut burial lot and $4000.  Mr. Hudnut’s first wife is buried there and the will provides that plots shall be provided for other relatives.  The remainder of the estate is given to his present wife.  The will provided in the event she died before him for $110,000 in specific bequests to nephews, grandnephews and friends leaving the residue of the estate to Miss Rambova.  The will states that “for reasons I deem sufficient I have omitted from the provisions of this will” Frank Hudnut (Half-brother), Maude Louis Chaplin (Half-sister), Eugene Beals (Son of the first marriage).  Mr. Hudnut had previously given large considerable amounts of money to Mrs Beals the will said.

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