“I do have enough money to buy new frocks, don’t I, Terry?” Brooke Astor had once asked her longtime attorney, Henry “Terry” Christensen.
He thought she was joking.
Mr. Christensen, formerly a partner at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, which represented the wealthy socialite for half a century, had been Ms. Read More
Wherever Meryl Gordon sets her Baltimore Orioles seat cushion in Judge A. Kirke Bartley Jr.’s courtroom often becomes the center of an orbiting cast of reporters.
Ms. Gordon, 58, author of the 2008 tome Mrs. Astor Regrets, is a one-stop reference on virtually every facet of the case against Anthony Marshall, son of the late Read More
“I like it better the other way,” legendary interviewer Barbara Walters said after spending two hours answering questions on Thursday afternoon, May 21—mostly about her close friend, the late Brooke Astor, whose son, Anthony Marshall, stands accused of raiding his mother’s estate.
“Give me this!” Ms. Read More
“Who is the black fellow who is sitting next me?” Brooke Astor had asked former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a dinner at her apartment in January 2002.
“He is Kofi Annan,” Mr. Kissinger replied.
“Is he a distinguished fellow?” Ms. Astor asked.
In fact, the sitting secretary general of the Read More
No need for the maitre d’ to issue the standard announcement of his arrival.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Loewy did just fine: “The people call Graydon Carter.”
At 3:48 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, the 59-year-old Vanity Fair editor in chief entered a Manhattan courtroom sporting a royal blue blazer with brass buttons, Read More
New York Post: The thing about writing a column like this every day is that you realize, sometimes, the news does not move very fast. We’ve already talked quite a bit about the Astor trial, which takes up pretty much the entire front page of the Post today. Yesterday’s testimony was the stuff we’ve been Read More
“I’m so bleary, I don’t know,” Naomi Dunn Packard-Koot, the former social secretary to the late philanthropist Brooke Astor, admitted to Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Loewy, near the end of a marathon day of testimony on Thursday, May 14.
Ms. Packard-Koot is the upteenth witness called thus far in the high-profile trial Read More
“You like being on stage, don’t you?” defense attorney Fred Hafetz asked. “And you want to be center stage in this case, don’t you?”
Naomi Packard-Koot, the former social secretary for the late philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor, had calmly chewed her gum all morning, but she nearly rose from her seat at Read More
In 2002, when Brooke Astor was being fitted for the Oscar de la Renta gown she would wear to her 100th birthday party, the grande dame of Manhattan high society was saying strange things about her son, Anthony Marshall.
“She kept referring to Mr. Marshall as her husband,” Naomi Read More
James C.Y. Watt owes his job to the late philanthropist Brooke Astor.
His title: Brooke Russell Astor Chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Asian Art.
On Wednesday, May 13, Mr. Watt became the second Met official to testify in the high-profile trial of Ms. Astor’s son, Anthony Marshall, who Read More