Generosity Earns L'Oréal Heiress, 86, Date With Shrink

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2009 9:39 AM CDT
L'Oreal grand dame Liliane Bettencourt, 86, talks to a friend at the UNESCO and L'Oreal Awards for Women and Science in March in Paris.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The grand dame of L'Oréal will submit to psychiatric tests after her daughter complained in court about the $1.5 billion in gifts she has lavished on a 61-year-old male friend, the Guardian reports. Liliane Bettencourt, 86, agreed to testing to prove she's mentally competent. An angry Bettencourt told a French newspaper she can spend her money as she pleases, including on gifts for the society photographer. She described him as an "artist," adding: "Artists see things differently."