Remembering Gloria Vanderbilt

From poor little rich girl to inspiration for Holly Golightly to '70s blue jeans mogul, Gloria Vanderbilt’s life was rarely boring.

The well-heeled and always interesting personality died today at age 95. Gloria Vanderbilt was married four times and dated a share of Hollywood’s leading men of the '60s, including Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. She was mother to four sons, including two—Carter and Anderson—with fourth husband Wyatt Cooper. Carter took his own life in 1988. He was 23. His mother witnessed the suicide. Anderson Cooper is known for his work with CNN.

Gloria Vanderbilt, with sons Carter and Anderson Cooper

I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success.

—Gloria Vanderbilt

At various times Gloria Vanderbilt enjoyed life as an actress, author, artist, fashion icon and decorating diva. Her younger son Anderson tells the story of their life together in his 2016 book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son Talk about Life, Love, and Loss.

Learn more about her fascinating life with these titles from NPL's collection.

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