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Brooke Astor

  • American writer
  • Born March 30, 1902
  • Died August 13, 2007

Roberta Brooke Astor (née Russell; March 30, 1902 – August 13, 2007) was an American philanthropist, socialite, and writer who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, which had been established by her third husband, Vincent Astor, son of John Jacob Astor IV and great-great grandson of America's first multi-millionaire, John Jacob Astor. Brooke Astor was the author of two novels and two volumes of personal memoirs.


I had a job; I was, during the war, a nurse, a 'Gray Lady.' We wore a veil and a gray dress.




'21' was the place, and you went down, and they opened the door. They had a little slit they'd look through, and then you'd murmur the password or whatever it was you had, showed a little ticket, and if they remembered who you were, you went in.




I love the Park. I like to walk on the East River, too, up at Gracie Square, but Central Park is my favorite part of the city.



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