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Long before the days of Paris Hilton, Tinsley Mortimer, and the Real Housewives, there was a whole different breed of socialites. Their social careers began at their debutante balls and their lives were full of charity functions, parties, and lots of husbands. From Brooke Astor to the fabulous Zelda Kaplan, check out the founding fathers (or mothers) of high society. More»
[Frederick Hafetz , Anthony Marshall's lawyer pictured Left] As an anxious press crowd gathered around the visibly sullen Frederick Hafetz, Anthony Marshall's defense attorney, months of inter-family turmoil enveloping uptown New York concluded with a few short statements outside the Manhattan Supreme Court. The lawyer proclaimed that his client, son of the late Brooke Astor, "plans to appeal." He also somberly asserted that, "Anthony loved his mother." More»
The Astor verdict is in, Anthony Marshall has been convicted. The late society chronicler Dominick Dunne is most certainly sitting in social Heaven quite disappointed to have missed the haute monde trial of the semi-century. The case involves the late Brooke Astor, an upper east side dowager renowned for her class and altruism, and her son Anthony Marshall, 85, who allegedly attempted to defraud his Alzheimer-impaired mum out of $60 million dollars (already pledged to New York charities) with the help of real estate lawyer Francis Morrissey, 66.
The original complaint not only shocked the social world with the alleged betrayal of a beloved social icon by her own son and heir, but also detailed a state of squalor in which dame Astor was allegedly rendered by her plotting son and his wife. The report makes Grey Gardens look like the Taj Mahal and Edith Beales' last days seems like paradise.
Tuesday, June 18
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.