Gloria Vanderbilt, US style icon and socialite has passed away at the incredible age of 95, her son revealed on Monday 17th of June, 2019. She lost her battle with advanced stomach cancer but died in the comfort of her own home surrounded by friends and family.
Her son, Anderson Cooper, said of his mother, “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms. 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.”
Born the great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, a financier, Gloria has been in and out of the media and papers throughout her entire life and career. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing for her, despite her wealth and fame.
She had four marriages with three of them ending in divorce. Her husbands included Sidney Lumet, film and TV director and Leopold Stokowski, conductor. Her heart was always in the arts. One of her four sons tragically committed suicide in 1988, which she witnessed while trying to stop him.
Instead of giving into her grief, she pushed through and showed her talents in many trades – painting, acting, fashion design and writing. She maintained her positive attitude, too, once stating when asked about her marriages that she, “always feel that something wonderful is going to happen. And it always does.”
She leaves behind a wealth of both money and wisdom with how we should live our lives and we hope that she will rest in peace. She will forever be remembered by friends, family and fans.