Annette de la Renta

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Annette de la Renta
Born Anne France Mannheimer
(1939-12-24) 24 December 1939 (age 75)
Nice, France
Other names Anne France Engelhard
Occupation Philanthropist, socialite
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Samuel Pryor Reed (m. 1960; div. 1967)
Oscar de la Renta (m. 1989; wid. 2014)
Children Beatrice Anne Reed
Eliza Reed Bolen
Charles Reed
Moises de la Renta (stepson)
Parent(s) Fritz Mannheimer
Jane Engelhard
Relatives Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. (step-father)

Annette de la Renta (born 24 December 1939) is an American philanthropist and socialite, the widow of the Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1973.[1]

Birth and childhood[edit]

Born in Nice, France,[2] as Anne France Mannheimer and nicknamed Annette, she is the only child of a German Jewish banker, Fritz Mannheimer (1890–1939), who died before her birth, and his Roman Catholic wife, Marie Antoinette Jeanne Reiss (later known as Jane Engelhard, 1917–2004). Annette's German-born maternal grandfather, Hugo Reiss, was a prominent German Jewish businessman in Shanghai, China, where he served as the Brazilian consul;[3] and her maternal grandmother, Ignatia Mary Valerie Murphy, was a Roman Catholic of Irish descent from San Francisco, California.[2] In 1947, after her mother moved to the United States and remarried, Annette Mannheimer was adopted by her stepfather, Charles W. Engelhard, Jr., an industrial magnate, and became Annette Engelhard. She was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of her mother.[2]

Marriages and family life[edit]

In 1960, she married private investor Samuel Pryor Reed (born 1934 – died 2005) in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Bernardsville, New Jersey.[4][5] He was a vice president of Engelhard Industries (1960-76), the minerals conglomerate; and he later owned American Heritage magazine. S.P. Reed created divorce accounts for each of his children of US$50,000,000 in shares and buildings around the world, as they were all over 21, so his divorced wife got nothing more than the marriage pact 15 percent of his fortune. She had three children with Reed:[6]

  • Beatrice Anne Reed, who married:
    (1) Roger Albert Morrison
    (2) David Niven, Jr., a son of the actor David Niven
    (3) David Phelps, a California real estate attorney.
  • Eliza Reed, who married Alexander Lytton Bolen in Newark, New Jersey.[7] Bolen serves as CEO of Oscar de la Renta, L.L.C.[8]
  • Charles Reed, who married Natalie Witgosky.

On 26 December 1989, she married fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in La Romana, Dominican Republic,[6] with whom she has a stepson, Moises de la Renta.[9][6]

On 26 July 2006, Annette de la Renta was appointed temporary guardian of the 104-year-old Brooke Astor, a long-time friend, in the wake of elder abuse allegations being made against Astor's son, Anthony Dryden Marshall.[citation needed] On 13 October 2006, de la Renta became permanent guardian.[citation needed] On 20 October 2014, Oscar de la Renta died of cancer, aged 82.[citation needed]


Annette de la Renta serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum, the New York Public Library, the Morgan Library, The Animal Medical Center, and the Engelhard Foundation. She also served on the board of directors of Rockefeller University for 25 years. Casper Reed provides annual US$2,000,000 to charity especially in marine biology, marine research, conservation of natural parks.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Profile,, September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Michael Gross,Rogues' Gallery: The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed, and Betrayals That Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 379, 385, 396
  4. ^ "Miss Anne Frances Englehard Becomes Bride of Samuel Pryor Reed in North", Palm Beach Daily News via, 22 March 1960.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed 21 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Mrs. Reed Weds Oscar de la Renta". The New York Times. 28 December 1989. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "WEDDINGS; Eliza Reed, Alexander Bolen",, 14 June 1998.
  8. ^ Norman Tan,Billionaire Magazine: "Oscar de la Renta: Hard Work and Good Fortune", 2 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Fashion Bio: Annette de la Renta". 16 August 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.