Gloria Vanderbilt Dead: Son Anderson Cooper Delivers Tribute

Jun 18, 2019, 00:23
Gloria Vanderbilt Dead: Son Anderson Cooper Delivers Tribute

Vanderbilt explained that over the years she always welcomed people telling her stories about her late son.

Cooper - who in 2014 said he wouldn't be inheriting any of his mother's fortune - said his mom learned she had terminal cancer only earlier this month after hospital tests.

Reports say fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt has died.

The former model, painter, designer and writer was remembered on social media as an "incredible" woman.

'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'. As a designer, she was well known for her signature stylish jeans that were highly sought after in the 1970s and '80s.

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Whitney eventually won custody of Gloria with one judge reproaching the girl's mother for living a lifestyle that was "calculated to destroy her health and neglectful of her moral, spiritual and mental education". The trial around who would take control of young Vanderbilt's life and finances was a tabloid sensation at the time.

By the 80s, she was a household name.

Vanderbilt also made headlines in 1980 when she filed, but later dropped, a discrimination complaint against the posh River House apartments, which had rejected her bid to buy a $US1.1 million duplex.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an unbelievable woman who lived a life filled with incredible peaks and impossible obstacles", the Watch What Happens Live captioned a black and white shot of her on Instagram.

Vanderbilt attends an event in the early 1960s with her film director husband Sidney Lumet, left, and American playwright Arthur Miller.

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She put 25 oil paintings on exhibit in Manchester, Vermont, in 2007, and in 2012, staged "The World of Gloria Vanderbilt: Collages, Dream Boxes and Recent Paintings" at the New York Design Center. She believed that we should always be in love. She did them all professionally, too. I always felt it was my job to try to protect her. The last few weeks, every time I kissed her goodbye I'd say, 'I love you mom.' She would look at me and say, 'I love you too, you know that.' And she was right, I did know that. She had two sons with Stokowski: Leopold Stokowski was born in 1950, and Christopher Stokowski in 1952.

The video features a tender interview between Anderson and Gloria, chatting about her first marriage.

In the clip, Gloria said he was 63 years old when she first met Stokowski.

Vanderbilt wrote several books, including the 2004 chronicle of her love life, It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir, in which she confessed to having romances with the likes of actors Errol Flynn and Marlon Brando, singer Frank Sinatra and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

The network said Vanderbilt died at home among family and friends. "Her private self, her real self - that was more fascinating and more lovely than anything she showed the public". I didn't know what it meant. You know how children can be about their parents.

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"What an extraordinary life".

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