Generosity Earns L'Oréal Heiress, 86, Date With Shrink

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2009 9:39 AM CDT
Generosity Earns L'Oréal Heiress, 86, Date With Shrink
L'Oreal grand dame Liliane Bettencourt, 86, talks to a friend at the UNESCO and L'Oreal Awards for Women and Science in March in Paris.   (Getty Images)

The grand dame of L'Oréal will submit to psychiatric tests after her daughter complained in court about the $1.5 billion in gifts she has lavished on a 61-year-old male friend, the Guardian reports. Liliane Bettencourt, 86, agreed to testing to prove she's mentally competent. An angry Bettencourt told a French newspaper she can spend her money as she pleases, including on gifts for the society photographer. She described him as an "artist," adding: "Artists see things differently."
(Read more Liliane Bettencourt stories.)

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