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Brooke Astor

Amanda Gordon

The coffin of Brooke Astor is carried from Saint Thomas Church, Saturday, August 18, 2007. Read more...

New Yorkers Remember Philanthropy's Grande Dame
By Special to the Sun
In statements and in interviews, New Yorkers from a wide variety of cultural, political, artistic, and social circles mourned the death of philanthropist Brooke Astor yesterday. At 105, Astor's largesse touched multiple generations and inspired giving...

Glimpses of Astor's Living Conditions Are Provided to Judge
By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
In a bedroom closet, eight pink nightgowns hang, flanked by a blue one on the right. Not a wrinkle is evident. Thirteen books, mostly hardcover, are stacked beside the canopy bed. Faded photographs share table space with more recent ones. In the...

The Trouble With Mrs. Astor
By WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR.
I have many times quoted, in my years at bat, the wry judgment of the Viennese critic: "The trouble with socialism is socialism. The trouble with capitalism is capitalists." I'll probably say it yet again before I go, but how to ignore those words in...

Generosity Unleashed
Part III: The Brooke Astor Story
By STEVE MILLER
A November, 1946, "Talk of the Town" piece in The New Yorker cast a whimsically gimlet eye upon an article in House & Garden magazine instructing readers on how to have a perfect buffet supper. "The beauty of a buffet is that it … remains intimate....

Her Early Years
Part II: The Brooke Astor Story
By STEVE MILLER
Before Brooke Astor was Brooke Astor, she had lived a full and varied life, one worthy of a memoir all to itself. Already aged 51 by the time of her marriage to Vincent Astor, she had previously lived in countries from Italy to the Dominican Republic...

The Fallen Jewel
Part I: The Brooke Astor Story
By STEVE MILLER
The tables in the ornate turquoise-and-pink Park Avenue dining room were festooned with enormous bouquets, and the elaborate place settings included four glasses, three for wine. Seated around the hostess — ten per table — were some of the most...

Astor Son Seeks Judge For Will Battle
By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
Brooke Astor's only son, Anthony Marshall, is asking a court to appoint a former judge who sat on New York's highest court, Howard Levine, to disburse the late philanthropist's estate. The motion, filed recently in Surrogate's Court in Westchester...

Details of Astor Feud Surface in Court Filings
By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
Even as Brooke Astor lay on her deathbed, a feud between her son and her friends raged, culminating with a butler summoning guards to stop Astor's daughter-in-law from witnessing the last rites. Details of the 105-year-old Astor's final days and the...

The Astor I Knew
By WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR.
The death of Brooke Astor brought much commentary from men and women who had observed her and marveled at her way of doing things. Her life was too long by a few years, she was 105, an affliction that will come to more and more people, courtesy of...

Glamour and Grief Mix at Astor Funeral
By ANNIE KARNI
The funeral of Brooke Astor, the philanthropist and socialite who died Monday at the age of 105, united more than 900 New Yorkers in mourning yesterday afternoon at Saint Thomas Church, on Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street. Astor, known during her life for...

New York Is Embodied in Astor Remembrance
By AMANDA GORDON
The funeral of Brooke Astor had all the elements that make New York a great city. It was a gathering of the powerful and wealthy, but also of the not so wealthy and not so powerful. It was a religious ceremony that all in attendance respected and...

‘Old Age Isn't For Sissies'
By NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT
If anyone can be said to have lived a long and fruitful life, it is Brooke Astor. Thrice married, the heir to an enormous fortune, and the energetic steward of a vast charitable trust that she enjoyed managing herself, she became that most rare...

Brooke Astor
Editorial of The New York Sun
Because of the advanced age, 105, to which Brooke Astor lived and because of the legal battle that enveloped her final year of life, the philanthropist may be remembered first by some younger New Yorkers as the doddering subject of a custody battle....

Brooke Astor: The Embodiment of Perfect Storm of Philanthropy
By STEPHEN MILLER
Brooke Astor, whose combination of glamour, wealth, savvy, conscience, and patrician grace created in her a kind of perfect storm of philanthropy, died yesterday at her weekend home, Holly Hill, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. She was 105. Astor's last...

Legal Questions Surround Changes to Astor's Will
By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
Public institutions such as the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum Art, which benefited from Brooke Astor's philanthropy, could emerge in court as the main objectors to how Astor's fortune is bequeathed. With Astor's death yesterday...