Court: Brooke Astor's son can go to prison

NEW YORK, March 27 (UPI) -- A New York appeals court says philanthropist Brooke Astor's 88-year-old son should not be spared prison because of his age.

Astor's nurses to testify against son

NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- The late philanthropist Brooke Astor's son strong-armed her into giving him control of $60 million of her money, prosecutors alleged in a New York court.

Astor's son says his mother was a giver

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- New York socialite Brooke Astor's son argues that he did not loot her estate because she generously gave him millions of dollars.

Romanian prince enlisted in Astor case

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The son of New York socialite Brooke Astor has enlisted a pretender to the Romanian throne in an effort to reach a key witness in his will-conspiracy case.

Dispute over Brooke Astor's will

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

Philanthropist Brooke Astor dies at 105

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Socialite Brooke Astor, the face of philanthropy in New York, died of pneumonia Monday at her Westchester County estate at the age of 105.

Astor to give bulk of fortune to son

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- Brooke Astor, the world-renowned philanthropist and symbol of New York high society, plans to give most of her vast fortune to her son, Anthony.

Brooke Astor marks 105th birthday

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y., March 31 (UPI) -- The family feud over the care of New York philanthropist Brooke Astor apparently took some of the cheer out of her 105th birthday party.

Lawyers in Astor case seeking payment

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Lawyers involved in the family feud over New York socialite Brooke Astor's care and the management of her estate want to collect their fees from her.

Brooke Astor's care leads to family feud

NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) -- The grandson of New York socialite Brooke Astor has gone to court to wrest custody of the 104-year-old philanthropist from his father. In court papers obtained by the New York Daily News, Philip Marshall claims that his father, Anthony Marshall, refuses t

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Biologist Stephen Jay Gould dies at 60

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- Stephen Jay Gould, a famous and popular evolutionary biologist and essayist whose lectures and writings have influenced a generation of science students and lay

William Vincent Astor (November 15, 1891 - February 3, 1959) was a businessman and philanthropist and a member of the prominent Astor family.

Called Vincent, he was born in the Fifth Avenue mansion where his grandmother Caroline Astor reigned over American society. He was the son of John Jacob Astor IV, millionaire and inventor, and his first wife, Ava Lowle Willing, a famously beautiful and spoiled heiress from Philadelphia.

Vincent endured a difficult childhood. His vain mother was embarrassed by his resemblance to his father and would humiliate him in public. In addition his parents' marriage was less than perfect. Vincent's only sister, Ava Alice Muriel Astor, was reportedly Ava Astor's child by a New York society man named Sidney Hatch—though others argued her biological father was Ava's future second husband, Lord Ribblesdale—while Vincent's father, a friend wrote in a letter to her husband, had numerous affairs and morals shockingly loose for a warden of the Episcopal church. They divorced in 1909 and on September 9, 1911 Jack Astor married Madeleine Talmadge Force, an 18-year-old beauty a year younger than his son. In 1919, Ava married a recently widowed English nobleman, Thomas Lister, Baron of Ribblesdale. While a student at Harvard University in 1912, Vincent inherited an estimated $200 million when his father went down with the Titanic. After his father's death, he quit college to manage his family's vast properties. Astor at the time was called "the richest boy in the world."

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