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Betsy Bloomingdale, Reagan friend and philanthropist, dies

  • FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2007 file photo, celebrated fashion designer James Galanos, second from left, is joined by Betsy Bloomingdale, left, former first lady Nancy Reagan and Mayor Jimmy Delshad, as Galanos is honored with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award in Beverly Hills, Calif. Betsy Bloomingdale, the widow of a department store heir who hobnobbed with the world’s elite and was best friends with Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93. Her daughter-in-law says Bloomingdale died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her Los Angeles home from congestive heart failure. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2007 file photo, celebrated fashion designer James Galanos, second from left, is joined by Betsy Bloomingdale, left, former first lady Nancy Reagan and Mayor Jimmy Delshad, as Galanos is honored with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award in Beverly Hills, Calif. Betsy Bloomingdale, the widow of a department store heir who hobnobbed with the world’s elite and was best friends with Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93. Her daughter-in-law says Bloomingdale died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her Los Angeles home from congestive heart failure. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Betsy Bloomingdale, right, and a guest arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bloomingdale, the widow of a department store heir who hobnobbed with the world’s elite and was best friends with Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93. Her daughter-in-law says Bloomingdale died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her Los Angeles home from congestive heart failure. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Betsy Bloomingdale, right, and a guest arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bloomingdale, the widow of a department store heir who hobnobbed with the world’s elite and was best friends with Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93. Her daughter-in-law says Bloomingdale died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her Los Angeles home from congestive heart failure. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Betsy Bloomingdale arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bloomingdale, the widow of a department store heir who hobnobbed with the world’s elite and was best friends with Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93. Her daughter-in-law says Bloomingdale died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her Los Angeles home from congestive heart failure. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Betsy Bloomingdale arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bloomingdale, the widow of a department store heir who hobnobbed with the world’s elite and was best friends with Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93. Her daughter-in-law says Bloomingdale died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her Los Angeles home from congestive heart failure. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Betsy Bloomingdale, the widow of a department store heir who hobnobbed with the world's elite and was best friends with former first lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93.

Her daughter-in-law says Bloomingdale died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home from congestive heart failure.

Bloomingdale was married to Alfred S. Bloomingdale for about 36 years.

A socialite and philanthropist, she was renowned for her high-fashion style — she once was fined for a customs violation while bringing Dior gowns into the country.

She also was known for holding charity parties and entertaining Hollywood stars and world leaders.

After her husband's death in 1982, she survived a scandal when his mistress, Vicki Morgan, sued her and the estate for cutting off her allowance. The lawsuit was dismissed.