Gloria Vanderbilt, jeans queen, heiress, dies at age 95

Bessie Dean
June 18, 2019

Anderson Cooper is paying tribute to his late mother. The HBO documentary "Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper" detailed Vanderbilt's colorful life, delving into her personal relationships as well as her public persona. Gloria was on her knees begging him not to do it, but he took his life anyway. Reviewers and readers alike were surprised to be presented with such an explicitly steamy tale from an 85-year-old woman, but Vanderbilt herself was unapologetic.

Read on for Cooper's full remarks about his beloved mom.

Fashion designer, artist, author, and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning at home surrounded by friends and family.

Vanderbilt went on to became an actress, painter, model and acclaimed fashion designer of hip-hugging jeans in the 1970s. Her aunt prevailed in court proceedings. "She was ready to go".

My mom grew up in France, not knowing anything about the Vanderbilt family or the money that she would inherit when she turned 21.

Gloria Vanderbilt sued her Lawyer Thomas Andrews and her Psychiatrist in 1993 for stealing millions of dollars and selling off her business interests without her authorization. She was one of the first to offer a stylish alternative to the Levi's that dominated the denim landscape, and her jeans were slimmer and tighter fitting than the traditional work pant.

As a teenager, she tried to avoid the spotlight, but reporters and cameramen would follow her everywhere.

By the 80s, she was a household name.

In 1956, she married director Sidney Lumet, divorcing him in 1963, the same year she married Wyatt Cooper, an actor and screenwriter with whom she had sons Anderson and Carter. She wanted to feel life's pleasures, its pains as well.

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Asked if her friends thought it was weird that she had fallen for a man four decades her senior, she said, "It didn't matter to me". I always felt it was my job to try to protect her. "She was the strongest person I'd ever met but she wasn't tough". She wanted to live with Whitney, and that was how the case was decided. But she always pressed on, always worked hard, always believed the best was yet to come. That's where she learned she had very advanced cancer in her stomach, and that it had spread, ' Cooper said. Despite her struggles, she always welcomed stories about her boy, she told People in a 2016 interview. "Show me that way to get out of this world, because that's where everything is".

In 1954, she made her stage debut in a production of the romantic drama, "The Swan", at the Pocono Playhouse in Mountainhome, Pennsylvania. He said he still giggles every time he watches that video.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an fantastic 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.

"I know she hoped for a little more time, a few days or weeks at least". Most of her books had significant sales and appeared on the NYT bestseller list. One of her most popular books was 2004's "It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir", detailed her love life with influential celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Howard Hughes.

She died at home with friends and family at her side.

The anchor said his mother was filled with love. I didn't know what it meant.

"For her entire life [she] has been replaying the events of her childhood, and in her artwork and her painting she has been repainting and restaging moments from her past, mostly from her childhood, in order to try to make sense of them", Cooper said about his mother while appearing on the "10% Happier" podcast with ABC News' Dan Harris in October 2017. Her son Carter died by suicide at age 23 in 1988.

Vanderbilt, a famed NY fashion icon and socialite, died from stomach cancer on Monday (June 17) at the age of 95.

"What an extraordinary life". What an extraordinary mom.

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