Dispute over Brooke Astor's will

Aug. 17, 2007 at 4:42 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The battle over New York philanthropist Brooke Astor’s fortune continues after her death.

Astor died Monday at the age of 105 of pneumonia. While the widow of Vincent Astor aged gracefully until she was more than 100, in her final years her grandson accused his father of keeping her in squalid conditions while spending her money.

Now, Annette de la Renta, wife of the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and a longtime friend of Astor, has gone to court to challenge her most recent will, The New York Daily News reported. De la Renta claims that Anthony Marshall, Astor’s son, exerted undue influence on his mother when the 2002 will was drawn up.

De la Renta, in court papers filed in Westchester County, said that a 1997 will, which gives Marshall much less, should be recognized, the newspaper report said.

Charlene Marshall, Anthony’s wife, called de la Renta’s action “disgusting.”

"For someone who is supposed to have cared about her so much, it is very

dishonorable,” she told the Daily News. “She isn't even buried yet."

Services for Astor were set for Friday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York.

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