Laura Mondadori, an heiress and chronicler of Italy's Mondadori publishing dynasty, has died at the age of 66, a family spokeswoman said Friday.
Mondadori died Wednesday night at her home from an undisclosed ``incurable illness,' the spokeswoman said.She was the daughter of the late Arnoldo Mondadori, founder of the publishing empire, and a major shareholder of Mondadori. The company publishes the national daily La Repubblica, the country's two top-selling weeklies, scores of magazines, a dozen regional newspapers and some 2,500 book titles a year.
In 1985, Mondadori published ``A Printing Press in Paradise,' which described the history of her family and the publishing company.
She was also founder of the the Arnoldo and Alberto Foundation, a society created to promote cultural events and preserve Italian literary texts.