Gloria Vanderbilt wasn’t just another boring socialite

Gloria Vanderbilts life was quite a ride. She was wonderful!

Anderson Cooper and mom, Gloria Vanderbilt – The Toronto Star

As we all know by now, CNN’s Anderson Cooper‘s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, passed away last week at the age of 95. It was just 9 DAYS earlier that she learned she had advanced stomach cancer. Our condolences go out to Anderson Cooper.

Known as a socialite, this is a woman who lived, really LIVED.

Here is an article by Shinan Govani a contributing columnist of the Toronto Star. Anderson’s mother, for the record, inherited most of her wealth from her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt. Her father died when she was just over a year old, leaving her a trust fund that was worth $5 million in 1925. Cooper’s father, Wyatt Emory Cooper, was Gloria’s fourth husband and died in 1978 from a heart attack.

Gloria, as the torrent of remembrances made clear this week — and her death made the cover of the New York Times, a full-circle moment — was, additionally, nothing if not rich in experience via the nine lives she lived: artist, actress, author, model and fashion designer. Just some of those transformations! And the men she’d romanced? They ran a likewise gamut: from Marlon Brando to Howard Hughes to Frank Sinatra.

Watch Anderson Coopers tribute to his mother.

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