The Last Mrs. Astor

The Last Mrs. Astor

A New York Story

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Baker & Taylor
The fabulous life of Brooke Astor, a pioneer of philanthropy and for decades a luminary of New York society. After a disastrous early marriage, Brooke Astor wedded the notoriously ill-tempered Vincent Astor, who died in 1959. In a highly publicized courtroom battle, Brooke fought off an attempt to break Vincent's will, which left some $67 million to the Vincent Astor Foundation. As the foundation's president, Brooke would use this legacy to benefit New York, where the Astor fortune had been made. She would personally visit each grant applicant and charm anyone she met. At her 100th birthday, princes and presidents honored her, but in 2006 a grandson petitioned the courts to have his father removed as Brooke's guardian. Once again an Astor court battle made headlines. This biography--based on firsthand knowledge and interviews--gives us back the woman so loved and admired, whose hands-on approach would inspire future philanthropists.--From publisher description.Traces the life and legacy of pioneering New York society philanthropist Brooke Astor, describing her marriage to millionaire Vincent Astor, her successful attempt to prevent a challenge to his will, and her presidency of the Vincent Astor Foundation.

Norton Pub
The fabulous life of Brooke Astor, a pioneer of philanthropy and for decades a luminary of New York society.
Hers is a story out of Edith Wharton. After a disastrous early marriage, Brooke Astor wedded the notoriously ill-tempered Vincent Astor, who died in 1959. In a highly publicized courtroom battle, Brooke fought off an attempt to break Vincent's will, which left some $67 million to the Vincent Astor Foundation. As the foundation's president, Brooke would use this legacy to benefit New York, where the Astor fortune had been made.Brooke would personally visit each grant applicant and charm anyone she met. At her one-hundredth birthday, princes and presidents honored her, but in 2006 a grandson petitioned the courts to have his father removed as Brooke's guardian. Once again an Astor court battle became the stuff of headlines. This biography—based on firsthand knowledge and interviews with Brooke's friends and the heads of New York's great cultural institutions—gives us back the woman so loved and admired, whose hands-on approach would inspire future philanthropists.

Book News
This biography of Brooke Astor traces her life from before her marriage to Vincent Astor to her roles running the Vincent Astor Foundation and as a leader in New York society, and her influence on cultural institutions in the city, such as the Metropolitan Museum and New York Public Library. Kiernan is a former editor at The New Yorker and author of Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Traces the life and legacy of the pioneering New York society philanthropist, describing her marriage to millionaire Vincent Astor, her successful attempt to prevent a challenge to his will, and her esteemed presidency of the Vincent Astor Foundation.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2007
ISBN: 9780393057201
0393057208
Branch Call Number: Biography As881k
Characteristics: x, 307 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Last missus Astor

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