Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt

Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt

Born Aug 23, 1904

Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt was a Swiss-born American socialite best known as the mother of fashion designer and artist Gloria Vanderbilt and maternal grandmother of television journalist Anderson Cooper. She was a central figure in Vanderbilt vs. Whitney, one of the most sensational American custody trials in the 20th century.… Read More

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1904 Birth Born on August 23, 1904.
1905 Birth Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt believed that she was 20, rather than 21, because her mother had long declared the twins' birth year as 1905 rather than 1904.


1921 16 Years Old …  In October 1921, with their father's permission, Morgan and her sister Thelma, both reportedly 16 years of age, ended their schooling and moved by themselves into an apartment at 40 Fifth Avenue, a private townhouse. The sisters had some minor roles in silent movies, using the names Gloria and Thelma Rochelle. Their debuts were as extras in the 1922 Marion Davies vehicle The Young Diana. … Read More


1925 20 Years Old Reginald Vanderbilt died on 4 September 1925 of what was described in news reports as "a throat infection which had caused internal hemorrhages". … Read More
1927 22 Years Old …  Her mother was his second wife, the former Laura Delphine Kilpatrick (1877–1956); the couple was married in 1894 and divorced in 1927.
1934 29 Years Old The discrepancy was discovered upon an examination of the Morgan twins' childhood passports and their birth certificates during the Vanderbilt custody trial in 1934. … Read More


1936 31 Years Old As Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt wrote in her 1936 memoirs, Without Prejudice (E P Dutton), "Had I not thought myself a minor at this time... there would have been no necessity for a guardian for myself... or for a legal guardian for my child's person. … Read More


1946 41 Years Old …  In 1946, the widow was once more in the news when her daughter announced she would no longer be paying her mother an annual $21,000 allowance. … Read More


1965 61 Years Old Mrs. Vanderbilt died in 1965 of cancer and was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. … Read More
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