Gloria Vanderbilt was a woman of her own kind. She was not pretty confined to being a good-will designer of her blue jeans rather she was a celebrated artist, a poor heiress and an active philanthropist.
Vanderbilt was suffering from advanced stomach cancer. It was earlier this month when the family got to know about her long term ailment. The disease was quick to spread and sadly, tainted her whole body before getting detected.
Some quick flashbacks from Gloria’s “Glorified” life
Vanderbilt had some real struggles to deal with in her life. Unlike other celebrities of her time, whose primary concern has been a lip job or using excess makeup to hide their stretch marks, Vanderbilt went through hell and built herself as an epitome of success. She was a phenomenally rare woman.
She was the “poor little rich girl” of the 1930s. Her father, a millionaire gambler died shortly after her birth. Vanderbilt was raised by none of her parents, for her mother was busy living a page three life after her husband’s death. She was in fact brought up by a beloved nurse, who too died shortly after.
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Today I turn 95. It feels like yesterday i was 16 and posing for my first picture for Harper’s Bazaar. There is so much i wish I had known then. I do believe that it is only once you accept that life is a tragedy that you can truly start to live…. and, oh, how i have lived! So many lives, so much work, so much love. It is incalculable.
Vanderbilt’s love life was more of a soap opera- with many lovers, marriages, divorces and no-time deaths. She married four different men in her lifetime and headed for divorce from three of them. She saw her first marriage with She married with Pasquale di Cicco for the first time at 17, leaving her aunt with a chance to disinherit her from her own fortune. After her divorce from Cicco, she then went on to marry Leopold Stokowski, a conductor and television director, Sidney Lumet.
RIP to Gloria Vanderbilt: A larger than life personality
Vanderbilt was a designer, a painter and an artist, too. She also appeared on stage for plays like “The Time of Your Life.” A fabric designer by choice, Vanderbilt was known for designing today’s most sought after denim. Furthermore, her advertising campaign in 1978 turned her brand alongside the signature white swan label into a sensation.
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Vanderbilt penned down ample books in her lifetime. Her semi-fictional autobiography, “It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir,” depicted her romances with the men of her life. The book incorporated famous names of Errol Flynn, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Howard Hughes.
She has also appeared in a documentary “Nothing Left Unsaid” with her son Anderson Cooper. Among four husbands and tons of crushes, Vanderbilt only saw a happy marriage with Anderson Cooper’s father, an author Wyatt Cooper. Unfortunately, the marriage ended with his death in 1978.
The 1980s best selling book “Little Gloria … Happy at Last,” chronicled her life journey- how her parents sort of abandoned her and how she made it to the top. The book was then dubbed into a TV miniseries in 1982.