Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 19 Jun 2019

American heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, a designer and artist who became one of the most chronicled socialites of her era, has died after a battle with stomach cancer. She was 95.

The great-great granddaughter of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt was thrust into the spotlight as the "poor little rich girl" at the center of a custody battle in the 1930s, before finding fame in her own right for her line of designer jeans and it-girl fashion. "Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," her son, the CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, said in a tribute read on air.

"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."

Artistic and glam, Vanderbilt was well-known for her tumultuous love life that included four marriages and racy escapades with a slew of suitors including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Marlon Brando.

She made fashion waves in the 1970s with a line of designer denim carrying her signature on the back pocket, which she modeled herself. Her brand expanded to include other apparel along with fragrances and linens.

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