Brooke Astor’s Estate Is Auctioned, and a Friend Recalls Her Fondly – The Daily Beast
There’s a lovely article about Brooke Astor in The Daily Beast:
It seems the age of the great society ladies is coming to an end. The new generation is nowhere near as refined and gracious, nor do they have the same commitment to style. My favourite, for years, has been Maya Langes-Swarovski (yes, that Swarovski). I don’t know how old she is, but apart from being incredibly elegant, she’s still magnificently beautiful. She’s got a sort of electric charisma, you can’t take your eyes off of her. She also sends me a birthday card every year, which obviously earns her bonus points. We sometimes ended up sitting together because we both smoke like chimneys. She smokes unusually thin cigarettes, of a brand called Vogue.