The Astor Orphan, a Memoir

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Alexandra Aldrich, a direct descendant of John Jacob Astor, discusses her eccentric, fractured family. In her memoir, The Astor Orphan, she reaches back to the Gilded Age, when the Astor legacy began to come undone, leaving the Aldrich branch of the family penniless and squabbling over what was left.


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Comments [6]

Alexandra from NYC

Ros is my aunt. the names have been changed in the book. There was a huge amount I didn't mention! It was a short interview.

Apr. 17 2013 03:16 PM
JD from West Village

Chekovian story. Fascinating. A childhood trapped in the family's delusions and skewed priorities is always interesting.

Apr. 16 2013 01:04 PM
john from office

Why do we care about this??

Apr. 16 2013 12:57 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

This sounds like a fascinating story. Great history.

Apr. 16 2013 12:57 PM

Is this house in discussion related to Astor Courts, located in Rhinebeck? Where is this house (Rothbe?) located?

Apr. 16 2013 12:52 PM
Judy from NYC

OMG- I've stayed there- at Rokeby-how are you related to Ros? ( I worked with her in Paris) And you don't mention the puppeteers who organize the Halloween parade who live on the property!

Apr. 16 2013 12:51 PM

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