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Known for her fashion design and tumultuous personal life, actress, writer and artist Gloria Vanderbilt became an iconic figure in American popular culture during the 20th century.
In 1988 Gloria Vanderbilts first born son, Carter Cooper, fell from the fourteenth story window of his mothers apartment to his death.
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "Jeans Queen," has endured seven decades of fame, starting when she was at the center of an ugly custody battle and dubbed America's "poor little rich girl."
A short biography of Gloria Vanderbilt, the American heiress whose illustrious family pedigree helped her become a branded icon when she launched her line of designer jeans.
Anderson Cooper is the son of Wyatt Emory Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt and is a descendant of famed New York businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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In the 1970s, Vanderbilt burst onto the fashion scene. She designed a line of jeans that proved to be hugely popular. Each pair featured her signature and swan logo. Before long, Vanderbilt branched out into other types of clothes and perfumes. She suffered a great loss during this time of commercial success—her husband Wyatt Cooper died in 1978.
Turning to her own life as a source of inspiration, Vanderbilt penned the first of her memoirs, Once Upon a Time: A True Story,
in the mid-1980s. Tackling fiction, Vanderbilt also wrote several novels, including The Memory Book of Starr Faithfull (1994). In 1997, Vanderbilt wrote about one of the most difficult experiences of her life. A Mother's Story explores the suicide of her son Carter Cooper in 1988.
Vanderbilt returned to fiction with the erotic novella Obession, released in 2009. That same year, she dished about her real-life loves in It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir. More recently, in 2011, she released a collection of short stories entitled The Things We Fear Most. In addition to writing, Vanderbilt has enjoyed some success as an artist.
These days, Vanderbilt is also known as the mother of famed news anchor and television host Anderson Cooper. She has made some appearances on his talk show, Anderson (now Anderson Live). (Cooper is also the primary anchor of Anderson Cooper 360, a news program on CNN.)
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