Artist, heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

Artist, heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt was an artist, heiress, designer, and philanthropist who, for many Americans, may be the best remembered for her jeans. She died at 95

Vanderbilt's son, Anderson Cooper, announced her death on Monday, airing an obituary for her on CNN. Vanderbilt had cancer, he said.

"Earlier this month, we had to take her to the hospital, where she learned that she had very advanced cancer in her stomach and that it has spread," Cooper said.

"What an extraordinary life, what an extraordinary mother, and what an incredible woman," she said, her voice trembling a little at the end of the memory.

Vanderbilt had full lips, eyes that turned the corners and a patrician bearing. In fact, he was a descendant of the shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in American history. His mother had it in 1924 and his father died shortly after. Vanderbilt was raised by a beloved nurse because her mother was in Europe living in high society life, and in 1934, the tabloids called her "poor and rich girl" due to a sensational custody battle instigated by her grandmother and aunt.

In 1981, she told radio host Lloyd Moss: "As a child, I did not feel like they treated me like an object, and nobody really really, somehow thought, 'What does she really like?'

When Vanderbilt's aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who founded the Whitney Museum of American Art, won the battle against her mother, Whitney fired Vanderbilt's beloved nurses.

Finally, Vanderbilt developed his own creative impulse and earned his own income. As she said, "If you've really worked to achieve it when you achieve it, even though it really takes more time, it means more."

He has made a famous name for help. Vanderbilt was known for her vivid paintings and colleges and asked about everything from China to bedding. In the 1970s, she was designing tight and glamorous jeans. His signature was embroidered on the right back pocket of each pair, and a tiny golden swan was embroidered on the front. She even modeled jeans in television commercials

Vanderbilt also attracted talent, interesting men throughout his life. He married four times and his husbands included the director Leopold Stokowski, with whom he had two children, and the director Sidney Lumet. Later in life, his companion was the pioneer photographer and musician Gordon Parks.

Vanderbilt's fourth marriage to writer Wyatt Cooper, with whom she had had more than two children, was marked by tragedy. Cooper died at the age of 50 and in 1988 his eldest son, Carter Cooper, committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of an apartment while talking to his mother.

Vanderbilt recalled that day to his son, CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, in a 2011 interview: "I said, 'Carter, come back,' and for a minute I thought he was going back, but he did not. There was a moment when I thought I was going to jump after him. " But then he thought of Anderson.

Vanderbilt opened his life in memories and also wrote art books and novels. But she said that her children were her greatest achievement. She had a woman who was going to share her life lessons.

"I think we have appreciated the pain we experience, as we appreciate the joy," he told Lifetime. "Because without one, it would not be the other, and that's what makes us live, and I think that's very, very important."

Vanderbilt told her friends and interviewers that she believed in being positive. Above his fireplace, he had painted the message: "Be kind to everyone you meet, because you are fighting a great battle."