Brooke Astor—philanthropist and former queen of New York society -- has died at 105. The socialite had been in the news for being abused and exploited by her descendants, but her enduring legacy was her tireless charity work. "Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around," she used to say.
Brooke Astor inherited $60 million for herself and the same amount for her foundation when her husband, Newsweek chairman Vincent Astor, died. She personally visited all of the causes that she donated money to to assess their worthiness. At 98, Mrs. Astor still wrote articles for Vanity Fair, musing sadly that men no longer wore hats and women no longer flirted.