- NAME: Brooke Astor
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Philanthropist, Journalist, Author
- BIRTH DATE: March 30, 1902
- DEATH DATE: c. August 13, 2007
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- PLACE OF DEATH: Briarcliff Manor, New York
- Originally: Roberta Brooke Russell
- AKA: Roberta Brooke Kuser
- AKA: Roberta Brooke Marshall
- Full Name: Brooke Russell Astor
- AKA: Brooke Astor
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Brooke Astor was a philanthropist who served on the boards of many cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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She also wrote two historical novels, The Bluebird Is at Home (1965) and The Last Blossom on the Plum: A Period Piece (1986).
Brooke Astor died in Briarcliff Manor, New York, on August 13, 2007.
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Few families in American history have sustained a place for so long in the public eye as the Astors have. For more than 200 years, the Astor name has been synonymous with New York high society. The family's fortune began to grow after John Jacob Astor, a German immigrant, founded the American Fur Company in 1808. Learn more about John Jacob and his descendants, including William Backhouse, William Waldorf, John Jacob IV and John Jacob V, as well as Brooke and Madeleine Force Astor—who scored their own fortunes by marrying into the Astor family—only at Biography.com.
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