Gloria Vanderbilt, iconic designer and artist, dies at age 95

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Vanderbilt passed away Monday morning from stomach cancer, according to a report published by The Hollywood Reporter. The money was left to her when her father, railroad fortune heir Reginald Vanderbilt, died when she was only 18 months old, to be accessed when she turned 21.

Vanderbilt died at age 95, her son CNN anchor Anderson Cooper revealed Monday.

'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'.

Vanderbilt went on to became an actress, painter, model and acclaimed fashion designer of hip-hugging jeans in the 1970s.

In the 1930s, she was the subject of a high-profile custody case between her mother and her aunt. The trial around who would take control of young Vanderbilt's life and finances was a tabloid sensation at the time. You might recall her famous trademark on those Vanderbilt jeans you wore was a swan. She was determined to make something of her life, determined to make a name for herself and find the love and family that she so desperately craved.

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

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Vanderbilt attends an event in the early 1960s with her film director husband Sidney Lumet, left, and American playwright Arthur Miller. "I always thought of her as a visitor from another world, a traveler stranded here who'd come from a distant star that'd burned out long ago". She married for the first time at 17, causing her aunt to disinherit her.

His mother "trusted too freely, too completely" but always pressed on, Cooper said, and always believed that the next true love was just around the corner. She is giggling and Anderson can be heard behind the camera giggling so hard he begins to cough. "She was the strongest person I'd ever met but she wasn't tough". "I don't think age has anything to do with what you write about", she told The New York Times. She, in turn, accused him of tyrannising their sons and said he really was 85, and not 72 as he claimed.

Carter died after swinging off the terrace wall of her 14th floor Manhattan apartment.

"When the end came she was not alone", Cooper said. I never knew we had the exact same giggle.

"We mourn her - and offer her condolences to the family", said Flynn. And then, she said, "Well, it's like that old song". 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. She said the connection was instant, that she knew him for a week and married him three weeks later. She had to sell her five-story townhouse in NY and seven-bedroom home in Southampton on Long Island to pay $2.5 million in back taxes she believed Andrews had handled. I did know that. "What an extraordinary life, what an extraordinary mum, and what an incredible woman". What an extraordinary mom.

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