USA fashion icon, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt dead at 95

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Hollywood is mourning the loss of fashion icon and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt.

According to Cooper, she died at home with her friends and family at her side.

Gloria Vanderbilt, the mother of CNN's Anderson Cooper, has died from stomach cancer at the age of 95 on Monday, June 17, 2019. "She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife and friend", said Cooper of his mother. "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". Concerned with the upbringing "Little Gloria" was undergoing, her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, sued for custody.

Her son continues on to describe the life she lived, in public and in private. She was one of the first to offer a stylish alternative to the Levi's that dominated the denim landscape, and her jeans were slimmer and tighter fitting than the traditional work pant.

She also continued writing, eventually producing a number of memoirs, novels, and nonfiction books on design.

Her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, was 43, a gambler and boozer who died of liver disease when Vanderbilt was just one year old.

She put 25 oil paintings on exhibit in Manchester, Vermont, in 2007, and in 2012, staged "The World of Gloria Vanderbilt: Collages, Dream Boxes and Recent Paintings" at the New York Design Center.

Vanderbilt said being taken from her mother started her on a lifelong quest for love and approval.

The CNN anchor added that, when he found out his mother was ill, she told him: 'It's like that old song: Show me the way to get out of this world, because that's where everything is'.

He included video of her in her hospital bed with tubes in her nose giggling while telling a joke - and said he only realized then that they shared the same laugh. "I always felt it my job to protect her".

Cooper said on CNN that in his mother's final weeks, he made sure she knew he loved her - and she did the same. She successfully ventured into other apparel, as well as jewelry and perfumes before selling her name rights to the brand to a corporation in India.

"I embrace it all - the pain and the pleasure, the drama and the disappointments", Vanderbilt wrote in summing up her life in the romantic memoir, "It Seemed Important at the Time". That marriage ended when he died in 1978 at age 50. "I never knew we had the exact same giggle", he said. You know how children can be about their parents.

Actress Dana Delaney tweeted she lived near Vanderbilt in CT in the 1960s and used to sneak onto her property, which was "beautiful" and had a "fairy tale gazebo". "She loved the arts and as do many of our grads". 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. "What an extraordinary life, what an extraordinary mum, and what an incredible woman".

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