Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Remembering Brooke Astor, 1902-2007

Philanthropist and New York City socialite Brooke Astor passed away Monday at age 105. The New York Times called her the city's "unofficial first lady." Her self-chosen epitaph will read: "I had a wonderful life." Read the full New York Times obituary here.

The Last Mrs. Astor *Click here to request this book*Check out this new biography of Brooke Astor: The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story, by Frances Kiernan. The author, who knew Mrs. Astor personally, gives us a portrait of a charming and strong willed woman, whose court battles have led to lurid headlines, but whose hands-on generosity endeared her to many. You can also read Ms. Astor's childhood recollections in her book, Patchwork Child: Early Memories. In addition, Astor was the author of several novels, including The Last Blossom on the Plum Tree, and The Bluebird Is at Home.

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