Sunny VON BULOW

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AmericanBorn Martha Sharp CRAWFORD

American heiress, socialite and philanthropist

Born on September 1, 1932 in Manassas, Virginia, USA , United States

Died on December 6, 2008 in Manhattan, New York, USA

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Sunny was the only child of utilities magnate George Crawford (a former chairman of Columbia Gas & Electric Company) and his wife Annie-Laurie Warmack. She was born on her father's personal railway carriage, en route from Hot Springs, Virginia, to New York, for which she was known as "Choo-Choo" as a child before being nicknamed "Sunny" because of her nature. Upon her father's death, when she was four years old, she inherited a reported US$100 million. Her mother, the daughter of the founder of the International Shoe Company, later married Russell Aitken, a sculptor and writer.

Martha "Sunny" Crawford married His Serene Highness Prince Alfred of Auersperg, the son of Prince Alois von Auersperg and the Countess Henrietta Larisch von Möennich, who was an Austrian tennis instructor, on July 20, 1957. They had two children, Annie-Laurie ("Ala", born 1958) and Alexander Georg (born 1959, who uses the surname Auersperg, without the von). The Auerspergs were divorced in 1965. At this time, Sunny's net worth was over $75 million. Alfred died in 1992 after lingering in an irreversible coma for nine years following a 1983 car accident in Austria.
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On June 6, 1966, Sunny married Claus von Bülow, a former aide to oilman J.P. Getty, and they had a daughter, Cosima von Bülow, in 1967. By 1979, significant stresses and tensions had developed in their marriage, and both Sunny and Claus spoke openly about the possibility of a divorce. On December 26, 1979, after the family had come together for Christmas at their Newport, Rhode Island mansion, Sunny was found unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital where she slipped into coma but was revived. After days of testing, doctors determined the coma was the result of low blood sugar and diagnosed Sunny as hypoglycemic, warning her against overindulging on sweets or going too long without eating. While no foul play was suspected at the time, Claus was later accused of causing this incident by injecting Sunny with insulin. In April 1980, Sunny was again hospitalized after appearing incoherent and disoriented; their doctors reconfirmed Sunny suffered from "reactive hypoglycemia". She was advised to maintain control of the hypoglycemia by following a strict diet, limiting her sugar intake, and avoiding alcohol.

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