Clooney home to be museum

Oct. 27, 2004 at 1:40 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Rosemary Clooney's second home opens as a museum next summer and will be the part-time home of former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and his beauty-queen wife.

Henry and his wife, Miss America 2000 Heather French, stood in front of the 169-year-old home in Augusta, Ky., Tuesday and announced they plan to buy it in the next two weeks, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday.

The couple, who live in Louisville with their two children, said they want to live at the old Clooney home part of the time and use it as a museum to honor "Rosemary's memory and her legacy to Kentuckians," Steve Henry said.

Clooney, who died in 2002, spent about one-fourth of her time at the Augusta home after buying it in 1980.

Her brother, Nick Clooney, a former television anchor and Democratic candidate for Congress in Kentucky, said he was "very proud" about the Henry's plans for the house.

Henry, a Democrat who served as lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2003, said the announcement was not timed for political benefit.

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