Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at age 95

Fashion icon and artist, heiress and socialite

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at age 95, Fashion icon and artist, heiress and socialite, Built a Fashion Empire, an extraordinary woman. Gloria Vanderbilt was an artist, heiress, designer and philanthropist who, for many Americans, may be best remembered for her blue jeans. She died at the age of 95. son Anderson Cooper says she died at home with friends and family at her side. The fashion designer, artist and socialite was 95.

Gloria Vanderbilt the glamorous Manhattan socialite from one of the nation's wealthiest families who was as well-known for her eponymous brand of jeans as her genes died Monday after a battle with stomach cancer, CNN reported. "Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said in a statement. “She spent a lot of time alone in her head during her life, but when the end came she was not alone.

"She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. During the on-air report, Cooper played a recorded video of his mother laughing while together in the hospital. She was, in fact, descended from shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in American history. The TV news anchor called his mother "the coolest and most modern" person he knew.

She was America’s most famous non-Hollywood child in the Roaring Twenties and Depression years, the great-great-granddaughter of the 19th century railroad and steamship magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. The legal tumult would resonate for decades, even inspiring a popular 1982 TV miniseries, "Little Gloria... Happy at Last." Vanderbilt was so prolific, it prompted Life magazine to dub her "a feminine version of the Renaissance Man" in 1968.

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