Second wife of publisher Walter Annenberg (d. 2002) inherited half of his $4 billion estate; Annenberg Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art got the rest. Walter's father, Moses, made fortune in publishing. Walter inherited small media empire at age 32, added magazines (Seventeen, TV Guide). Sold Triangle Publications to Rupert Murdoch for $3 billion in 1988. Leonore served as U.S. chief of protocol under Reagan. Donated $40 million to the Eisenhower Medical Center in 2007, another $15 million to Washington, D.C. journalism museum; Newseum opened in April.
At 28, after a brief marriage to Belden Katleman, the son of a Southern California family that had made its fortune in parking lots and real estate, she married Lewis S. Rosenstiel, 55, the founder of Schenley Industries, the distiller. The marriage ended in divorce.
In 1951, she married Mr. Annenberg, who had been divorced from Veronica Dunkelman in 1950. He owned The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, radio and TV stations, Seventeen magazine and TV Guide, having inherited much of the family business from his father, Moses L. Annenberg. He sold the newspapers in 1969 and the magazines in 1988, when he retired to his philanthropies.
Mrs. Annenberg is survived by a sister, Judith Wolf; a daughter from her first marriage, Diane Deshong, of Beverly Hills; a daughter from her second marriage, Elizabeth Kabler, of New York; a stepdaughter, Wallis Annenberg, of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.more » « less