Published On: Mon, Jun 17th, 2019

Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

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Published 10:51 PM, June 17, 2019

Updated 11:34 PM, June 17, 2019

'EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.' Gloria Vanderbilt speaks during SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' With Gloria Vanderbilt at SiriusXM Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. She died on June 17, 2019. Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

‘EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.’ Gloria Vanderbilt speaks during SiriusXM’s ‘Town Hall’ With Gloria Vanderbilt at SiriusXM Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. She died on June 17, 2019. Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – American socialite, heiress, artist, and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday, June 17, at the age of 95.

Her son, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, confirmed the sad news. He also voiced an on-air obituary for his mother.

“Love is what she believed in more than anything. Gloria Vanderbilt died as she [lived] – on her own terms,” said Cooper in the obiturary for his mother which aired on CNN Newsroom.

His voice cracking slightly, he added: “Gloria Vanderbilt was 95 years old when she died. What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. What an incredible woman.”

Cooper said his mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer about a month ago.

Vanderbilt, the daughter of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and Gloria Morgan, lived a storied life. Growing up, Cooper said in the obituary, Vanderbilt was unaware of the fortune she stood to inherit when she turned 21.

LEGACY. Gloria Vanderbilt was a fashion designer and model. She died at age 95. Photo by AFP

LEGACY. Gloria Vanderbilt was a fashion designer and model. She died at age 95. Photo by AFP

She first became a household name when she was 10 years old because of a custody battle between her mother and aunt Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The custody battle was called the “trail of the century” then. Custody was eventually granted to her aunt.

Vanderbilt first wed at 17. “She knew it was a mistake from the get go,” said Cooper. Vanderbilt, in an old interview, told Cooper that her first husband was rumored to have killed his first wife.

“Sweetheart, I was only 17,” Vanderbilt told a bewildered Cooper.

At 21, she got married a second time, to Leopold Stokowski. He was 63 when they met and later, married. They split and she later married Sidney Lumet.

Cooper is Vanderbilt’s son from her fourth husband, Wyatt Cooper. – Rappler.com

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