Gloria Vanderbilt Biography
Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite. She was a member of the Vanderbilt family of New York and the mother of CNN television anchor Anderson Cooper.\
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During the 1930s, she was the subject of a high-profile child custody trial in which her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, each sought custody of her and control over her trust fund. Called the “trial of the century” by the press, the court proceedings were the subject of wide and sensational press coverage due to the wealth and prominence of the involved parties, and the scandalous evidence presented to support Whitney’s claim that Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt was an unfit parent.
As an adult in the 1970s, Vanderbilt became known in connection with a line of fashions, perfumes, and household goods bearing her name. She was particularly noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. In 1974, Paul McCartney released “Mrs. Vandebilt”, a song inspired by and loosely based on the life of Gloria.
Gloria Vanderbilt Age
She was 95 Years old.
Vanderbilt was born on February 20, 1924, in Manhattan, New York City, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880–1925) and his second wife, Gloria Morgan (1904–1965). When Vanderbilt was born, her father was heard to exclaim in delight, “It is fantastic how Vanderbilt she looks! See the corners of her eyes, how they turn up?” She was baptized in the Episcopal church by Bishop Herbert Shipman as Gloria Laura Vanderbilt. After her father’s death, she was confirmed and raised in the Catholic Church, to which her mother belonged. From her father’s first marriage to Cathleen Neilson, she had a half-sister, Cathleen Vanderbilt (1904–1944).
Husband (Wyatt Emory Cooper)
Wyatt Emory Cooper was the fourth husband of heiress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt, who passed away on June 17, 2019, at the age of 95. The couple was married for 15 years before Cooper’s death in 1978. Vanderbilt never married again.
Gloria Vanderbilt Death and Cause
Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and ’80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of 95.
Vanderbilt was the great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt and the mother of CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, who announced her death via a first-person obituary that aired on the network Monday morning.
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Cooper said Vanderbilt died at home with friends and family at her side. She had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer, he noted.
Gloria Vanderbilt, Heiress, actress,artist, author, Fashion icon & mom of Anderson Cooper dies At 95 Love her beauty and always beautiful style I too love my black antique pearls with baguette diamond closure from Vienna My heartfelt condolence to you Anderson Lost my Mother 2 yr pic.twitter.com/7BlOaeC3Qb
— Sybil Danning (@sybildanning) June 17, 2019
“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” Cooper said in a statement. “She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern.”
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