Nadine Henley, a confidante and top executive to the late billionaire recluse Howard Hughes for nearly 40 years, died July 13, 1990, at her Las Vegas home. She was 83.
Henley suffered a crippling stroke in 1981. Friends said she suffered another stroke a week ago and then developed pneumonia.No funeral services are planned, and Henley requested that her body be cremated. Her fifth husband, Snowden Marshall, died in March. She had no children.
Henley was one of the top three people who ran the Hughes financial empire during the final years of the industrialist's life.
A vivacious and energetic woman known for her wit, brains and piercing blue eyes, Henley was affectionately known by the staff as the First Lady of Summa.
Her career with Hughes began in 1940 when she moved to California from the Midwest and went to work in the engineering department at Hughes Aircraft.