Heiress Leaves 5-Figure Bequeathment To Manicurist, Coat Checker And Hair Stylists


Kaaren Parker Gray died of a heart attack on Aug. 24 in her home in New York City's upscale Upper East Side at the age of 72, but the heiress’ death took an unusual turn when her will was uncovered. 

Gray, who was the daughter of Jack Parker, a vice president of General Electric and later director of airline Pan Am and the Smithsonian Institution, left huge sums of money to her hairdresser, housekeeper, doorman and manicurist, AOL reported. 

Although Gray also remembered her three stepchildren in the handwritten will, she gave “$50,000 each for beautiful hair and color,” to “Billy and George,” NY Daily News reported. Gray also left money for Elie Camaro, a stylist at Frederic Fekkai salon — “Forever grateful for his friendship, and perfect hair. $50,000 toward a fabulous car!” 

Camaro wasn’t the only person at that salon who benefited from Gray’s generosity — she left $50,000 to “my favorite coat check woman at Fekkai.”

Jenny Kim, a 60-year-old Korean immigrant who did Gray’s nails at Echo Spa and Nail twice a week for 12 years, also received $50,000 for her  “love and devotion.”

Kim told NY Daily News through a translator that Gray liked hearing about her two children and three grandchildren. “She enjoyed having a massage on her hands and legs. She liked it nice and quiet so she could relax,” said Kim. “She was a nice lady, very kind.”

Though it’s unclear how much money Gray had, she left $3 million to the people she cared for and cultural institutions such as the Heard Museum in Arizona, the Hoover Institution her father once chaired and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sources: NY Daily News, AOL / Photo credit: Jessie Jacobson/Flickr


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