Barbara Piasecka Johnson in 1986. (David Bookstaver/AP)


“I never expect it, because we could hardly talk to each other.”


Barbara Piasecka Johnson on the day that her billionaire boss, J. Seward Johnson for whom she worked as a chambermaid professed his love for her. The Polish immigrant, who died this week at 76 as one of the richest women in the world, had a life out of a novel, swept to epic wealth when Johnson left his wife for her. Together they built a massive art collection; she later spent years battling his adult children over his estate. Read it all in this obituary. Barbara Piasecka Johnson, maid who married into J&J fortune

Another notable death this week: William H. Ginsburg, Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer.

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