Franklin

The last Mrs. Astor : a New York story / Frances Kiernan.

Author/Creator:
Kiernan, Frances.
Publication:
New York : W.W. Norton, c2007.
Format/Description:
Book
x, 307 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Status/Location:
Loading...

Get It

Details

Other Title:
Last missus Astor
Subjects:
Astor, Brooke.
Socialites -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Philanthropists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography.
Summary:
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.
Contents:
The Union Club, November 18, 1998
The patchwork childhood, 1902-1919
Mrs. Dryden Kuser, 1919-1929
Charles Marshall, 1929-1952
Vincent Astor, 1953-1959
Vincent's legacies, 1959-1968
A great small foundation, 1968-1976
Brooke, 1977-1996
A courageous act, 1996-2001
A full life, 1996-2001
Timing is everything, 2002-2006.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-292) and index.
ISBN:
9780393057201 (hardcover)
0393057208 (hardcover)
OCLC:
80020044