Anderson Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, has died aged 95.
She was the heiress to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune and creator of Vanderbilt jeans.
According to reports, she died of stomach cancer and recently discovered the advanced stage when she was taken into hospital earlier this month.
Gloria was one of New York Cities biggest socialites, a model, actress and fashion designer. In the 1970s she released a line of designer jeans with her signature.
Married four times, one of her husbands was director Sidney Lunet, and was linked to Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Marlon Brando.
In 1988, her oldest son, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide aged 23 by jumping out of the 14th-floor window of the family apartment.
Anderson tributed his mother, saying, “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman who loved life and lived it on her own terms. What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. What an incredible woman.”
In 1995, she moved in with Anderson after selling her mansion, to which she wrote a book called A Mother’s Story which dealt with the suicide of Carter. Another book was written about the famous custody battle between her mother and aunt after Gloria’s father died when she was a baby, the book, titled, Little Gloria … Happy at Last was then nominated for 6 Emmys.
Gloria and Anderson released a book together called The Rainbow Comes and Goes that looks at their life, love and loss.
Rest in Peace.
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