Socialite, designer Gloria Vanderbilt dead at 95

Kimberly Dole
June 17, 2019 - 10:19 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Gloria Vanderbilt, known as a socialite, designer, author and also mother of Anderson Cooper has died.

Gloria Vanderbilt, the ``poor little rich girl'' heiress at the center of a scandalous custody battle of the 1930s and the designer jeans queen of the 1970s and `80s, died on Monday at 95, according to her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Vanderbilt was the great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt. Her life was chronicled in sensational headlines from her childhood through four marriages and three divorces.

The news was announced via a CNN report voiced by Cooper. CNN reported that she died at her home and was suffering from advanced stomach cancer.

Cooper reported that Vanderbilt had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer but added tha she died at home with friends and family at her side.

"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."

Vanderbilt was a talented painter and collagist who also acted on the stage and television.

As a fabric designer, she became an early enthusiast for designer denim and partnered with Mohan Murjani, who introduced a $1 million advertising campaign in 1978 that turned the Gloria Vanderbilt brand with its signature white swan label into a sensation.

Vanderbilt branched out into other areas, including shoes, scarves, table and bed linens, and china, through her company, Gloria Concepts amd joined the designer fragrance market with her signature "Glorious" in 1988.

More recently, her stretch jeans have been licensed through Jones Apparel Group Inc., which acquired Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corp. in 2002 for $138 million.

At age 85-year-old Vanderbilt released a novel, "Obsession: An Erotic Tale," which graphicly chronicles the story of an architect's widow who discovers a cache of her husband's letters that reveal his secret sex life.

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