Gloria Vanderbilt
American businesswoman, fashion designer, socialite and writer
Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria Laura Vanderbilt is an American artist, author, actress, heiress, and socialite most noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. She is a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family of New York and the mother of CNN's Anderson Cooper.
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Gloria Vanderbilt's personal information overview.
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You Won't Believe How Great Anderson Cooper's Cher Impression Is
Huffington Post - 18 days
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Andy Cohen Totally Blew His Chances Of Dating Anderson Cooper
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Watch: Gloria Vanderbilt Opens Up About Past Romance With Sinatra
ABC News - 8 months
This morning on "Live with Kelly," Vanderbilt discussed her former romances with the likes of Howard Hughes and Frank Sinatra.
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Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper' on HBO
LATimes - 11 months
SERIES Outlander A whole new set of sweeping adventures await now-married Jamie and Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan) as the time-traveling fantasy series returns for a new season. Andrew Gower also stars. 9 and 10:05 p.m. Starz Saturday Night Live Russell Crowe hosts with musical...
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Gloria Vanderbilt opens up to her son Anderson Cooper
CNN - 11 months
Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt talk about their new book, "The Rainbow Comes and Goes."
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Photos: Anderson Cooper's Big Night Out With Mom Gloria Vanderbilt
ABC News - 11 months
Meet the parents (and siblings, cousins and more!) of your favorite celebs.
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​Mother and son: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
CBS News - 11 months
In a new book and documentary, the heiress and CNN anchor share how they changed their relationship by revealing previously unknown aspects of their lives
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8 Oscar Movies Based On True Stories That Forgot MAJOR Details
Huffington Post - 12 months
"Harry Potter" is probably more true-to-life than some of the riddikulus movies that are supposedly "based on a true story." And we solemnly swear that anyone who says different is up to no good. But every once in a while, even Hollywood exaggeration doesn't live up to what really happened. In honor of the 88th Academy Awards, here are eight true stories that were more intense than the Oscar-nominated films they inspired. 1. After getting attacked by the bear, the real Hugh Glass had maggots eat his dead, rotting flesh.  Leonardo DiCaprio had a tough time filming "The Revenant." (We get it, bro. It was cold.) No offense to Leo, but the real Hugh Glass had it a little tougher. In addition to getting mauled by a real bear, making a 200-mile journey after being left for dead and setting his own broken leg, Glass reportedly used maggots to eat his dead flesh to prevent gangrene from spreading. 2. The "Lone Survivor" goat herders were probably sent on purpose.  ...
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CultureZohn: Truman Capote's Brooklyn
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Truman Capote at 70 Willow, Brooklyn Heights by David Attie Underneath this very majestic staircase in the basement apartment, Truman Capote was putting the finishing touches on his pearl-of-a-girl Holly Golighty in Breakfast at Tiffany's. By day he would write, often after a night amidst the cat-filled alleys, dinners at Gage and Tollner or Joes, or he would distract himself with buying trips to Knapp's emporium for the paperweights and knick knacks he so admired. This was Brooklyn Heights, the first landfall after Wall Street, historic home to literary geniuses (WH Auden, Thomas Wolfe, Henry Miller et al) but originally home to sea captains, then righteous and upstanding parishioners under the watchful eye of abolitionist minister Henry Ward Beecher (Harriet's brother), the most famous preacher in the U.S., and his Plymouth Church that was a way station on the Underground Railroad. Truman Capote on the porch of 70 Willow by David Attie Truman was a tenant of his ...
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Gloria Vanderbilt Fast Facts
CNN - about 2 years
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gloria Vanderbilt
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 92
    Vanderbilt had written four volumes of memoirs and three novels (including Obsession: An Erotic Tale, mentioned above) as of late May 2016, and she also regularly contributed to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Elle.
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    On April 9, 2016, HBO premiered Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, a two-hour documentary, produced and directed by Liz Garbus, that featured a series of conversations between the mother and son, covering the mother's storied life and family history in the public eye.
    More Details Hide Details Vanderbilt was married four times, divorced three times, and gave birth to four sons in all. She also had several other significant relationships.
    On April 5, 2016, HarperCollins Publishers released a new book, written jointly by Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper, titled The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss.
    More Details Hide Details The book was described thus: "A charming and intimate collection of correspondence between #1 New York Times bestselling author Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, that offers timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their lives."
  • 2014
    Age 90
    When Vanderbilt celebrated her 90th birthday on February 20, 2014, her collections of many drawings, paintings and collectibles were placed on display in the 1stdibs Gallery at New York Design Center in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Vanderbilt was raised Roman Catholic and as a child was particularly fascinated with St. Theresa. Although religious in her youth, she no longer practices Catholicism and identifies more with a Zen Buddhism ideology. Art and home decor: Memoirs: Novels:
  • 2011
    Age 87
    Vanderbilt is very close friends with fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg and comedian Kathy Griffin. While appearing as a guest on her son Anderson Cooper's television talk show, Anderson on September 19, 2011, Vanderbilt referred to Griffin as her "fantasy daughter".
    More Details Hide Details Truman Capote was said to have modeled the character of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's on Vanderbilt, but others say it was based on her friend Carol Grace.
  • 2010
    Age 86
    In November 2010, Vanderbilt was the subject of a new book chronicling her life, titled The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, written by Wendy Goodman, New York's design editor.
    More Details Hide Details The book, published by Abrams, featured many previously unreleased photographs. Vanderbilt also brought a net-site that featured her artwork, the Gloria Vanderbilt Fine Art net-site, on-line.
  • 2007
    Age 83
    She launched another exhibition of 35 paintings at the Arts Center in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, she returned to the Arts Center as a panelist at its Annual Fall Show Exhibition, signing copies of her latest novel, Obsession: An Erotic Tale.
  • 2006
    Age 82
    Vanderbilt maintained a romantic relationship with photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks for many years until his death in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Other notable lovers have included Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, and Roald Dahl.
  • 2001
    Age 77
    In 2001, Vanderbilt opened her first art exhibition, "Dream Boxes," at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester; it was a critical success.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 58
    In the period from 1982 to 2002, L'Oreal launched eight fragrances under the brand name Gloria Vanderbilt.
    More Details Hide Details Jones Apparel Group acquired the rights to Gloria Vanderbilt jeans in 2002. But in the 1980s, Vanderbilt accused her former partners in GV Ltd. and her lawyer of fraud. After a lengthy trial (during which time the lawyer died) Vanderbilt won and was awarded nearly $1.7 million, but the money was never recovered, though she was also awarded $300,000 by the New York Bar Association from its Victims of Fraud fund. Worse yet, Vanderbilt now owed millions in back taxes, since the lawyer had never paid the IRS, and thus she was forced to sell her Southampton and New York City homes.
  • 1978
    Age 54
    In 1978, Vanderbilt sold the rights to her name to the Murjani Group.
    More Details Hide Details She then launched her own company, "GV Ltd.," on 7th Avenue in New York.
  • 1976
    Age 52
    In 1976, Indian designer Mohan Murjani's Murjani Corporation, proposed launching a line of designer jeans carrying Vanderbilt's signature embroidered on the back pocket, as well as her swan logo.
    More Details Hide Details Her jeans were more tightly fitted than other jeans of that time. The logo eventually appeared on dresses and perfumes, while Vanderbilt also launched a line of blouses, sheets, shoes, leather goods, liqueurs, and accessories. Vanderbilt was one of the first designers to make public appearances, which was a difficult thing for her because of her shyness.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 30
    From 1954 to 1963, Vanderbilt applied herself to acting. (Her first stage vehicle, The Swan, inspired the logo she later used as a fashion designer.) During this time in her life, she appeared in a number of live and filmed television dramas including Playhouse 90, Studio One in Hollywood, and The Dick Powell Show.
    More Details Hide Details She also made an appearance in a two part episode of The Love Boat in 1981. Other TV programs on which she appeared include Person to Person with Edward R. Murrow, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live! with Kelly and Michael, and CBS News Sunday Morning. Vanderbilt was also a top international fashion model. Beginning with the custody trial during her childhood, appearing at age 17 in Harper's Bazaar, being the public face of her clothing and fragrances lines, and noted for having inspired Richard Avedon, she has been a popular subject for photographers her entire life. During the 1970s, Vanderbilt ventured into the fashion business, first with Glentex, licensing her name for a line of scarves.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 13
    Litigation continued, however. Vanderbilt's mother was forced to live on a drastically reduced portion of her daughter's trust, which was worth more than $4 million at the end of 1937 (over $ million today).
    More Details Hide Details Visitation was also closely watched to ensure that Vanderbilt's mother did not exert any undue influence upon her daughter with her supposedly "raucous" lifestyle. Vanderbilt was raised amidst luxury at her aunt Gertrude's mansion in Old Westbury, Long Island, surrounded by cousins her age who lived in houses circling the vast estate, and in New York City. The story of the trial was told in the 1980 Barbara Goldsmith book, and the NBC 1982 miniseries, Little Gloria... Happy at Last, which was nominated for six Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Actress Jennifer Dundas played Gloria. Vanderbilt attended the Greenvale School on Long Island; Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut; and then the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as the Art Students League in New York City, developing the artistic talent for which she would become increasingly known in her career. When Vanderbilt came of age and took control of her trust fund, she cut her mother off entirely, though she supported her in later years. Her mother lived for many years with her sister, Thelma, Lady Furness, in Beverly Hills and died there in 1965.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Age 0
    Vanderbilt was born on February 20, 1924, in New York City, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880–1925) and his second wife, Gloria Morgan (1904–1965).
    More Details Hide Details When Gloria was born, her father was heard to exclaim in delight, "It is fantastic how Vanderbilt she looks! See the corners of her eyes, how they turn up?" She was baptized in the Episcopal church by Bishop Herbert Shipman as Gloria Laura Vanderbilt. After her father's death, she was confirmed and raised in the Catholic Church, to which her mother belonged. From her father's first marriage, to Cathleen Neilson, she had a half-sister, Cathleen Vanderbilt (1904–1944). She and her sister became heiresses to a half share each in a $5 million ($ million today) trust fund upon her father's death from cirrhosis when she was 18 months old. The rights to control this trust fund while Vanderbilt was a minor belonged to her mother, who traveled to and from Paris for years, taking her daughter with her. They were accompanied by a beloved nanny - Emma Sullivan Kieslich, whom young Gloria had named "Dodo" - who would play a tumultuous part in the child's life, and her mother's identical twin sister, Thelma, who was the mistress of the Prince of Wales during this time. As a result of frequent spending, her mother's use of finances was scrutinized by the child Vanderbilt's paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. A sculptor and philanthropist, Whitney wanted custody of her niece, which resulted in a famous custody trial. The trial was so scandalous that at times the judge would make everyone leave the room so as to listen to what young Vanderbilt had to say without anyone influencing her.
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