By Sandra Rose  | 

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Fashion icon and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday at age 95. She is best known as a designer jeans pioneer in the 1970s and '80s.

At its peak the Gloria Vanderbilt design brand generated over $200 million in sales.

Famous from birth, Gloria Vanderbilt was the great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt and heir to the vast Vanderbilt fortune.

She became known worldwide as the "poor little rich girl" when she was caught in a tug-of-war custody battle between her aunt Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (pictured), who was displeased with the lesbian lifestyle of Gloria's mother, Manhattan socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.

A judge awarded full custody to Gertrude in 1934 in what was then known as the "trial of the century." With custody of Gloria, Gertrude also gained control of the little girl's trust fund.

The trial ushered in the era of the newsreels, as the paparazzi hounded the little girl wherever she went.

Gloria Vanderbilt is the mother of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, 52. She is pictured at home in 1976 with sons Anderson, left, and Carter, who later committed suicide. The boys' father, Wyatt Cooper, died in 1978 at age 50, leaving Gloria to raise her minor boys alone as a single mom.

Cooper confirmed his mother's passing in a statement released on Monday.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said in a statement. "She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. 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."

Photos by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images, Jenny Anderson/WireImage, Eric Robert/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images

  • AmericanDream

    Sandra I’m pretty sure your readership isn’t composed of bored, pale and bland Caucasian women from equally bland suburbs . This is a ‘who cares’ post .

  • iWasteTime

    RIP Ms. Vanderbilt.
    Doesn't she have older kids from her first marriage?
    She had 4 boys in total?

  • Karen Brady

    RIP Ms. Vanderbilt. I'll always remember that back pocket with the swan on it. I'm sorry for your loss Mr. Cooper.

  • Topic Influencer

    RIP Gloria. All I ever heard about you, is that you were very sweet.

  • Topic Influencer

    Yes 4 boys total and yes betwixt two marriages

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    The jeans i soooo coveted in the 80s. RIP. My heart to your family and son, Anderson.

  • Karen Brady

    "bored, pale and bland Caucasian women". WELP. :-). I love it.

  • Rayne

    My moms used to wear her perfume.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    wait, I thought she only had one child. Anderson Cooper.

  • Vegas1989

    May her soul rest in peace. My condolence to you Anderson Cooper

  • Shira Harding-James

    Gosh dad gone, brother give, and now mother

  • Topic Influencer

    Andy has 4 brothers one of which committed suicide back when. I recall when it happened. I was young. Was big news though

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs


  • Alextra Ballard

    My condolences to Anderson and his family...RIP Ms. Vanderbilt

  • Rayscoty

    She was 95 years old. Why are people surprised by her death. Geesh

  • tia

    When I was in elementary my mom bought me a pair of her jeans. Damn, I'm

    Rest in eternal peace Ms. VAnderbilt

  • SpiceGirl

    Never knew this was Anderson's Mom....may she rest easy

  • oshh16

    God bless her soul, it is never easy losing a parent/mom. May God comfort Anderson and her remaining loved ones.

  • hottlanta

    Glad l never saw them on facebook holding stacks of money.

  • the guest

    For being gay, Gloria's mother lost custody of Gloria. Gloria would grow up to marry and have a son Anderson Cooper who would grow up to be gay and a pillar of the gay community. Gloria loved and accepted her son the way her mother wasn't loved and accepted.

    Gloria was a loving bridge between her mother and son.

    RIP Gloria Vanderbilt.

  • free

    i thought she only had 2.

  • hottlanta

    She also dipped in chocolate as well. Gloria was doing her thang.

  • free

    i had some "gloria vanderbilt blacks", which was what we called her black-colored jeans in the 80s. couldn't tell me nothing; more expensive than my chic and jordache.

  • Li-Wright

    There was a movie about her life. Very interesting person.

  • Topic Influencer

    You type some dumb shit sometimes. Truly damn it do.

  • Alextra Ballard

    She lived an interesting life

  • Wreckognize Game

    I care. RIP Ms. Vanderbilt.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I didn’t know that! Good for her

  • Alextra Ballard

    It wasn’t her age that caused her death,she suffered from stomach cancer. Folks just being respectful

  • Darkandlovely617?
  • Phillybruh

    To you maybe, but some folks do remember her and know her son. Black people know more than just Cardi B and T.I

  • AndSo

    Lesbian lifestyle? She DENIED the accusations, made by a maid who testified for the prosecution who said that she saw her kissing her friend. Gloria's mother was 19 when she married a man in his 40s! When he died, his family WANTED ACCESS TO GLORIA'S MASSIVE TRUST FUND, so they drummed up a bunch of phony accusations. In 1932, being accused of being a lesbian was like being accused of being a witch.

  • stav

    Was just about to mention those jeans!

  • Renee26


  • Topic Influencer

    What I said wrong? Where da lie sis? And where you bean lol

  • CookieMobster

    When I tell you I wanted some GLORIA jeans so bad..... Man!!! But my cheap ads mother wouldn't buy the for me. Chic either. I had 1 pair of Jordash though.

  • BallsJustFloppinRound

    Wish I was dead, every week life gets worst. At least she got to be rich even famous. I might actually kill myself this week, tired of putting it off. Gonna probably jump off the exit ramp onto the highway in San Antonio. I just hope someone helps my dogs and take care of them, little poor babies got this trash ass owner smh I can’t do nothing right.

  • Meme

    RIP I remember watching poor little rich girl when I was little I felt so sorry for her mum, only recently got to find out this was based on her life and that Anderson Cooper is her son. I always thought Mr Cooper was an albino, surprised he had dark hair as a child!

  • Rayscoty

    Why did you find the need to reply to my post? You're not Anderson Cooper..

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Okay everyone have wonderful lunch ...... That's my cue!!!!! Toodles #Newpost up

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Condolences to Anderson and his family.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Don’t jump off the exit ramp into the highway you might hurt others in the process. Please call the Suicide lifeline : 800.273.8255

  • Meme

    Don't be so silly you are loved and needed

  • Meme

    Was the problem

  • CookieMobster

    I did not know she had a son that committed suicide. I will never understand suicide. I just don't understand what could be that bad in someone's life, especially the life of a rich white man with the world and endless possibilities at his finger tips. I know money isn't everything but sheesh it helps in the hard times. I have a cousin who's dad is a mega millionaire, like let me buy the kids a new vacation home to get rid of some money before tax time rich. This girl stays depressed and sad, crazy as hell, can't handle life and tried to,kill her self about 4 times now. She has nannies for her kids, she doesn't have to work, refuses to wear the same thing 2 times and her dad pays her 10k per month from one of his businesses. I swear I'm like B!TCH please come live my life, work my job, select clothes from my closet and try to balance my check book for about a week. THAT right there will be all the anti-represent she would EVA need when she gets back to her life. PeriodT

  • Nunya Business

    I think there are a few of us who care. Especially those of us who are old enough to remember when everyone and their mama wanted those damn jeans. I know I did. Never got any though ????? . RIP to Ms. Vanderbilt. Condolences to Anderson and her other children, family, and friends.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Joy comes from within.

  • Coy little wink

    Lots of rich people feel like this. Happiness is a state of mind independent of external circumstances

  • Melanated Goddess??

    ?. This comment made me chuckle because it's true. So very, very true. ?

  • Yup, I said it

    In the song "The Men All Pause" they were rocking Gloria Vanderbilts. Had even little chocolate girl stressing out her mother to get her a pair?

  • samuel severino

    Her son went always went by his middle name so that people wouldn’t know that he was of extreme privilege. Not to mention that he is a CIA agent put there to influence the masses w propaganda.

    He denied for years that he was a CIA agent until the internet came along and the evidence was irrefutable. Then he tried to claim that he was just an intern there. For 3 years??? What were you doing for 3 years? And what kind of journalism program does The CIA have? And when your internship is over you get handed the #1 slot on CNN? Gtfoh.

  • samuel severino

    Her son supposedly jumped to his death because he was struggling w homosexuality. Also there are very very strong rumors that Gloria had an incestuous relationship with her boys. Check out some of the recent photo shoots she did with AC. Pay attention to their body language and also pay attention to some of the props in the photo shoots. If you know what to look for or what the symbols represent it will be very clear to the viewer.

  • hottlanta

    U was a dummy to respond to my dumb shit .U may not like what l said but l stand by what l said. Stop trying to criticize me to elevate your level of importance. Who r u. Who annointed u the board overseerer anyway. Sounds like u need a baby to boss around

  • samuel severino

    He wanted it that way. Didn’t want people to know how rich he was OR that he was a CIA agent.

  • Trace da Ace

    damn...NEVER knew she was his mother!!!! I'm gonna go home and walk around in my Gloria Vanderbilt jeans....cause they are comfy af!

  • Love Luv

    That’s my gal. Always been a fan. She’s been my profile pic since my day one of disqus. She has an amazing story. Overcame so much in her life. Much peace in eternity. Condolences Anderson.

  • davine puddin

    Serjios and bonjours. Jordaches are back out but not for the ample bottomed ladies..

  • davine puddin

    She was an icon in the fasion world...we do care

  • Kayke

    Yes! They fit so good.

  • Miss K

    Was it with Gordon Parks???

  • SpiceGirl

    I see.....I guess THIS is how you keep your bizz private

  • hottlanta

    It was with some guy who played the piano. I cant think of his name. Their relationship was not a secret.

  • hottlanta

    It was with some guy who played the piano. I cant think of his name. Their relationship was not a secret.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Gloria Vanderbilt jeans were considered the sexiest jeans U could EVER wear! I love the short tribute Anderson Cooper did of his mother they had a special relationship. It's sad that she passed away barely a month so soon after being diagnosed. Anderson even pointed out that he recently discovered that they had the same laugh. How could he have not known that before?

  • CookieMobster

    Eww what symbols does one look for to know if people are incestuous?? I have never heard that before.

  • Topic Influencer

    Nobody made me shit. It was indeed dumb af to me. I stand by what EYE SAID TOO. what the fukk your statement about holding money on Facebook gotta do with this dead ass white lady? Ugh.

  • Topic Influencer

    I try to steer clear of Hots. Dont wanna block her bc even a clock is right twice a day. So sometimes she has valuable shit to add. Other times I read her stuff like girl WHAT?

  • Lady_Elle

    RIP Ms Vanderbilt!
    I had a pair of her jeans a long, long, long... time ago!
    Everybody did back then. :-)

  • Calikush


  • hottlanta

    I was saying that bcas these new money folks like 50 n other rappers r always on facebook flossing money. she didnt have to do all of that to prove she has money. People who has serious money dont floss on facebook. Get over yourself. You aint never got over me checking your behind the last time u jumped in a convesation a month ago that didnt concern u. You like the bitter chick l cursed out in high school 20 years ago. Coming to the réunion with a busted hip n attitude n still mad.

  • hottlanta

    Block me oh wow. You aint giving me money nor sex. Imma really lose some sleep n weight over u. Dont start nuthing u cant finish. You's the only friend l have. I's so lonely. Why do you think u r any level of importance to me. U pissed l checked u .Gotta be quicker than that.

  • Pamela

    I believe Anderson is her only living child. His older brother committed suicide over 30 years ago. Those jeans were expensive.

  • Pamela

    She had two. One killed himself, Anderson older brother.

  • Pamela

    She did.

  • Pamela


  • Pamela

    Interesting movie with Angela "Murder she wrote" lady. She played Gloria aunt if I recall correctly

  • Pamela

    Very true.

  • Dollface

    Come back, lets talk!

  • Ghost

    Love my “Gloria” jeans back in the day...RIP

  • Chicagowise

    She enjoyed 95 years of creme de la creme. I know her family will her dearly, but hers was a life of opulence and fame. If she had any regrets, I'd love to know what they were.

  • Wayup!

    Her jeans looked good on me BEFORE I had a a$$... circa...1988?RIP

  • Wayup!

    Damn this the Pretty bih in HS thread or nah?

  • Alextra Ballard

    The same reason you found the need tew reply to was a post. if you don't wanna response then don't post. Oh!!! and you're not Anderson Cooper ither

  • Cie Be

    Gloria Vanderbilt was one classy lady, I too rocked her infamous jeans! May she Rest n' Peace!!

  • Cie Be

    Please don't do it! You are not as bad off as you believe....The reason why you keep putting it off is your Spirit telling you, "You can overcome anything in due season." Just remember "everything must change, nothing stays the same", every wrong will be made right, and every tear will become laughter.....hang on in there! Suicide Hotline #800-787-243, 800-273-8255. Love & take care!

  • hottlanta

    Talking bout they didn't like what I said. You think you mad now. If you saw me in person you really wouldn't like me at all. I say what I wanna say but I am not responsible on how you receive it. My comment wasn't disrespectful it hit toooo close to home. I see women like that everyday. Got a controlling man at home so they try to control everything/everybody else because they know soon as they get home or get off line they are a fool for the "D". Jump booboo jump and bark. "arf arf"

  • Jussjess25

    Wow how haunted his brother must have been to have killed himself.. smh rip gloria

  • Li-Wright

    Gloria had no grandchildren and it seems that Anderson is the last of her familial line.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    What a life so well lived! The documentary from a few years ago was really good! R.I.P. GV!

  • Rayscoty


  • Darkandlovely617?

    I’m a day late and dollar short with my response!

    You right, I did read the comment and wondered if she really is a 50+ woman...

    Bean missing you ??????

    Banged out a medical assistant program and 1/2 through externship; ready to get knocked up, you know, being 34 and all without a husband ? I gotta get cracking
    The finance job & travel was too stressful, to consider my advanced material age ?????

  • free

    i forgot about the sergios!!! yaaass. i don't remember bonjours. were they out in the south?

  • Meme

    Just checking in on (been meaning to do so for a while) hope you and your dogs are doing well and that you found someone to talk to and the problems don't seem so bad now or if they are you are coping don't worry nothing is permanent and you will get through it!