Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes in USA history, died on Monday at the age of 95, her son CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper said. Then dubbed the "trial of the century", the case saw Vanderbilt's mother lose custody and be put on a fixed allowance before being financially cut off completely when Vanderbilt came of age.
In addition to being an artist and an author, Vanderbilt was a celebrated fashion designer, known in the 1980s as the "jeans queen".More news: Jeremy Hunt warns war with Iran a ‘great risk’ after attacks
From a young age, Vanderbilt led a tumultuous life, one marked by a heated custody battle over her and her inheritance when she was young, and filled with marriages and business ventures as she grew older. She spent her final days surrounded by those she loved, who loved her, including her son and fan Anderson Cooper. "I always feel that something wonderful is going to happen".
"I've had many, many loves", Vanderbilt told The Associated Press in a 2004 interview. She never developed a thick skin to protect herself from hurt. Instead of a nunnery, she went on to a life that could have provided storylines for dozens of soap operas, romance novels, Broadway musicals and tear-jerker movies. Vanderbilt says in "Nothing Left Unsaid" that she contemplated following him, but the thought of how it would devastate Anderson stopped her.More news: West Ham Take Firm Line On Manchester United Target Issa Diop
Cooper went on to share that Vanderbilt was told earlier in June that she had advanced stomach cancer, which had spread. This led her to marry a 32-year-old Hollywood agent, Pat DiCicco, when she was only 17. "'Show me the way to get out of this world, because that's where everything is'".
"I never knew we had the exact same giggle", Cooper said during a visit before her death.More news: PSG chief sure Mbappe will stay, hints Neymar can leave