From 1974 to the present, Hall has lived a California dream as the wife of one of music’s richest men and biggest philanthropists. The Alperts share a vast Malibu estate between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. I sat with Hall this past autumn in their plush, earth-toned living room, decorated with Alpert’s paintings and sculptures. An ebullient 73, she looks 20 years younger. Periodically, her husband glanced in to keep an eye on things.
Their home is a world away from the apartment where Lani (pronounced LAH-ni, an abbreviation of her given name, Leilani) grew up, in Chicago’s working-class Albany Park. A Russian factory worker and his Polish wife were her parents.