Even her name has a ring of class to it. But for this former millionaire heiress who now lives homeless in Central Park, their is absolutely nothing classy or elegant about her present situation.
Marianne Friedman-Foote spends most nights in Central Park, wrapped in a sleeping bag - just a mile away from the $10million Park Avenue apartment where she grew up.
Friedman-Foote, 63, was once an Upper East Side heiress, the granddaughter of an affluent textile manufacturer in Manhattan.
She once had it all—a pampered and seemingly secure life. She had a housekeeper, took ballet lessons and graduated from a prestigious New York prep school.
But after her mother's death, the family fortune slipped between her fingers. Friedman-Foote faced depression, a heroin addiction - and, in August, an eviction that left her homeless.
'I grew up in a home with a parlor‘ Friedman-Foote told the New York Post in a story published Monday.
But in deep contrast to her former living conditions,She and her husband, Frank, have settled north of the Central Park Reservoir. They keep their belongings in trash bags and sleep on a foam mattress.
Friedman-Foote grew up at 940 Park Avenue. Her family owned an entire 4,000-square-foot floor of the Art Deco building. The apartment would now be worth $10million.
But it sold for only $3million when Friedman-Foote's mother died, which she spent with her sister, Georgia.
The two girls were the granddaughters of Isidor Kaplan, a wealthy magnate of Manhattan's textile industry.
She lost touch with her mother and sister, who according to Friedman-Foote believed her ex-husband should have custody of Giselle.
Depressed and helpless. Friedman-Foote has depression. She became addicted to heroin in her forties and has taken methadone four times a week for about six years.
After her mother's death, having split a $3 million inheritance with her sister, Friedman-Foote met her current husband Frank, 59, a construction worker.
How did all that money go so fast. They got married in 2000 and bought a house in Amityville, Long Island, but lost it during the recession.
'We just went through my mother's money like crazy,' Friedman-Foote said.
The couple ended up staying with the friend who had introduced them to each other, Donna Eltinger. She had cirrhosis and lung cancer. Friedman-Foote and her husband became her caretakers.
Eltinger died three years ago. The couple were evicted from her apartment in August.
Legal battle for the city to find her a home quickly before the deadly winter sets in. Their attorney, who took up their case pro bono, now hopes the city will find them a place to live - and believes Friedman-Foote will die if she has to spend the winter in the park.
In the meantime, Friedman-Foote and her husband stay with friends whenever they can - and she holds on to her fierce sense of humor.
This former Millionaire heiress will now settle for a decent modest roof over their heads.