Fashion Designer Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95


Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday (June 17) due to stomach cancer. She was 95.

The mother of famed news anchor Anderson Cooper, the designer, author, actress and socialite was best known for  blue jeans. Anderson paid tribute to his mom with a statement Monday morning on CNN.

“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” Anderson said. “She was a painter, a writer, a 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. She died this morning, the way she wanted to—at home, surrounded by family and friends.”

In a tribute to his mom on CNN, Anderson shares his mother’s extraordinary life.

“As a teenager she tried to avoid the spotlight but reporters and cameramen would follow her everywhere,” Anderson stated. “She was determined to make something of her life. Determined to make a name for herself and find the love and family that she so desperately craved.”

Gloria was born in 1924 in New York City. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse and studied art at the Art Students League of New York. Throughout her life she dabbled in acting, painting and modeling. The modeling led to foray into fashion design where she created blue jeans that were more tight fitting than most at the time.

Gloria went on to create fragrances and home goods that carried the Gloria Vanderbilt name.

The heiress married four times and gave birth to four sons, including Anderson Cooper. Her final marriage to Wyatt Emory Cooper, lasted 15 years up until his death in 1978.

R.I.P. Gloria Vanderbilt.