Mrs Astor

There were many Mrs Astors, but the most famous was surely Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, remembered for her famous ball, and list of 400 of society's elite. After a dispute with her nephew, she abandoned her house on Fifth Avenue, which later became the site of the Empire State Building. She is described through the eyes of her acolyte, the fictional Rose Vandyck Master, in the 'Ellis Island' chapter of New York.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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