Gloria Vanderbilt was 95 years old when she died. Vanderbilt, who looked on helplessly during Carter's final moments, said her bond with Anderson became stronger after Carter's death, even if holidays like Christmas were never the same.
"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", the statement added.
"Love is really what it's all about, and it's all that we really have in the world and what's important", she said. Her monthly expenses combined with the money that was stolen from her and the fact that she didn't actually receive any money from Thomas' estate for the lawsuit made her unable to pay the IRS. She's seen here in January 1955 posing next the poster of the play The Time of Your Life in NY.
"If you were around in early 1980s it was pretty hard to miss the jeans she helped create but that was her public face - the one she learned to hide behind as a child", Cooper said on CNN. In a highly public court case in the 1930s both Gloria's mother and paternal aunt sought custody of her and control over her trust fund. She also wrote about her romances with celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Howard Hughes. She published a book of poetry the following year, the same year she divorced Stokowski. "She was determined to make something of her life, determined to make a name for herself, and find the love she so desperately needed".
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Her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, was 43, a gambler and boozer dying of liver disease when he married Gloria Morgan, 19, in 1923. "'Kathy, there's always more and we're never done.' I love you Glo".
Her fashion career began as a 15-year-old model in Harper's Bazaar and she became the darling of leading portrait photographers such as Francesco Scavullo and Richard Avedon. "I always felt it my job to protect her". She was the great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the 19th century railroad and shipping magnate who amassed one of the greatest fortunes of the time.
The philanthropist who, for many Americans, may be best remembered for her slim blue jeans and household good lines, reportedly died of cancer.
From 1956 to 1963 Vanderbilt was married to Sidney Lumet, director of the acclaimed films "12 Angry Men", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Serpico" and "Network". They had two sons, Anderson and Carter. She had to sell her five-story townhouse in NY and seven-bedroom home in Southampton on Long Island to pay $2.5 million in back taxes she believed Andrews had handled.
PHOTO:Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowski, who scored a success in her first stage appearance last week at the Pocono Playhouse, is shown during her hours of relaxation at her cottage, August 23, 1954.
The focus of media attention at a young age and the subject of an intense and vicious custody battle between her mother and her father's wealthy sister, Vanderbilt ended up in the arms of her aunt Gertrude.