AUGUSTA, Ky. – Henry and her husband, former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, said they plan to buy the home within the next two weeks, renovate it for use as a public museum and also live in it part-time with their two children.
Heather French Henry grew up just three blocks away before moving to Maysville and said Clooney served as a mentor to her when she was Miss America 2000.
“Augusta and Maysville were the only places where we could get away and breathe,” Henry said. “I would like my children to get what I got from Augusta.”
The two-story brick home was built in 1835 along the Ohio River. Clooney bought it in 1980 and lived there when she wasn’t on the road performing or at her main residence in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Clooney, a Maysville native and the aunt of actor George Clooney, had No. 1 hits in the 50s including “Come On-a My House” and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity late in life that resulted in four nominations for the Grammy award.
She was 74 when she died of lung cancer in 2002.
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