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Valerie Sarofim Says She Was Taken to the Cleaners

11 years ago by Chris Vogel
When Houston socialite, jet-setter and fashionista Valerie Biggs Sarofim opened up her mail one Thursday last October, she was shocked by what she saw. A friend from England had sent Sarofim an article published by a newspaper in India about an old chum, fellow blue blood Stefan Wathne of Iceland,...
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Sarofim II: The Next (De)Generation

20 years ago by Tim Fleck
It's hard to imagine a nastier, more alcohol-and-kinky-sex-soaked divorce than that of Houston billionaire Fayez Sarofim's split from second wife Linda Sarofim Lowe two years ago. It spun off an equally nasty booze-and-sex-permeated suit by Lowe accusing her own attorneys of bilking her out of millions in legal fees. But...
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Secrets of the Sphinx?

23 years ago by Lisa Gray
Happy families, as Tolstoy wrote, are all alike. Unhappy families are unhappy in their own particular ways -- and those particulars can make for a riveting divorce case. Especially when the family is very, very rich. If Sarofim v. Sarofim actually comes to trial next January, court watchers can expect...
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The Final Ascent

19 years ago by George Flynn
Linda Sarofim Lowe might have been more enamored than most visitors to an Abercrombie & Kent Web page touting its African tours. The upscale travel company cites a Swahili saying that translates as "The beginning is a bud, the end is a coconut." It means simply that big things start...
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Courtship, River Oaks Style

21 years ago by George Flynn
On the night of November 14, 1996, Linda Sarofim Lowe awaited as the high black gates of her River Oaks Boulevard estate opened wide for the arrival of Earle Lilly. She knew him first as her lawyer -- and then as her lover. On that evening, Lilly came carrying the...
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Man of the Year

17 years ago by Richard Connelly
The Houston Chronicle took time out from its busy holiday schedule to thank its readers for making Houston "the vibrant city that it is." In a full-page ad on New Year's Day, the Chron told Houstonians, "It's you who make it easy for us to come to work each day."...
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Payback Time

19 years ago by Tim Fleck
Bruce Tatro's tenure in the northwest Houston District A Council seat has been marked by nonstop political feuds since he took office in 1998. Outwardly mild-mannered in a Clark Kent style, the bookish Tatro has a behind-closed-doors temper that has generated plenty of bad vibes and rapid staff turnover. He...
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Letters

Pandering in the Void I have been Fayez Sarofim's personal secretary for the past seven years. I have known Linda Sarofim for 15 years. It hurt to see the Press gratuitously divulge details of their unhappy divorce ["Secrets of the Sphinx?" by Lisa Gray, August 1]. What did this family...
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Best Local Girl Made Good

Courtney Lanier

The settlement of the mega-nasty divorce suit between Christopher and Valerie Sarofim in June suited more than just the parties themselves. Former mayor Bob Lanier's adopted daughter Courtney, who had paired off with Chris when he moved out on Val, would likely have gotten a ski ride through the mud...
Best Of Winner

Best Local Girl Made Good

Courtney Lanier

The settlement of the mega-nasty divorce suit between Christopher and Valerie Sarofim in June suited more than just the parties themselves. Former mayor Bob Lanier's adopted daughter Courtney, who had paired off with Chris when he moved out on Val, would likely have gotten a ski ride through the mud...

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