People, Aug. 3, 1959

Roly-poly Playboy John Jacob Astor

III, 46, down to his last $5,000,000 by his own admission, launched a legal attack on the estimated $100 million-plus estate of his late half brother, Philanthropist Vincent Astor, who died last February at 67. Left out of the will without a penny, J. J. charged that Testator Astor was "mentally ill when the paper was executed . . . suffering from senility [and] arteriosclerosis ... incompetent to make a will." J. J.'s main chance to break the will: for undisclosed reasons, Vincent Astor was indeed a patient in Manhattan's famed Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic while the...

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