|Religion Roman Catholic||Name Annette la|
|Full Name Anne France Mannheimer|
Born 24 December 1939 (age 83) (1939-12-24) Nice, France
Occupation Philanthropist, socialite
Relatives Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. (step-father)
Spouse Oscar de la Renta (m. 1989–2014), Samuel Pryor Reed (m. 1960–1967)
Children Eliza Reed, Charles Reed, Beatrice Anne Reed
Parents Jane Engelhard, Fritz Mannheimer, Charles W. Engelhard, Jr.
Similar People Oscar de la Renta, Brooke Astor, Francoise de Langlade, Jane Engelhard, Charles W Engelhard - Jr
Other names Anne France Engelhard
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.
Birth and childhood
Born in Nice, France, 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; and her maternal grandmother, Ignatia Mary Valerie Murphy, was a Roman Catholic of Irish descent from San Francisco, California. 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.
Marriages and family life
In 1960, she married private investor Samuel Pryor Reed in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Bernardsville, New Jersey. He was a vice president of Engelhard Industries, the minerals conglomerate; who later owned American Heritage magazine. Reed and Annette later split but the couple had three children together:
(1) Roger Albert Morrison
(2) David Niven Jr., a son of the actor David Niven
(3) David Phelps, a California real estate attorney
On 26 December 1989, she married fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in La Romana, Dominican Republic, becoming step-mother of his adopted son, Moises de la Renta.
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. On 13 October 2006, de la Renta became permanent guardian. On 20 October 2014, her husband, Oscar de la Renta, died of cancer, at age 82.
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, and now serves as a trustee emeritus.