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Remembering Her Life, Career and Fashion Influence

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Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of Gloria Vanderbilt’s birth. Scion of the Vanderbilt dynasty, actress, author and fashion designer, the New York socialite left her mark on the spheres of art, fashion and entertainment.

Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was born in Manhattan, New York City, on Feb. 20, 1924, as the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. Her father died when she was still a baby, leaving her with a vast fortune and a high-profile family name. Following his death, she moved with her mother to Europe.

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Vanderbilt grew up under the spotlight. When she was 10 years old, her name was printed in the newspapers due to a highly publicized custody battle between her mother and aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who was considered one of the richest women of her time.

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02:  Gloria Vanderbilt In Long Island With Her Aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt-Whitney, Who Had Custody Of The Young Heiress, On December 2, 1934.  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02:  Gloria Vanderbilt In Long Island With Her Aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt-Whitney, Who Had Custody Of The Young Heiress, On December 2, 1934.  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Gloria Vanderbilt with her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, on Dec. 2, 1934.

In the trial, Vanderbilt Whitney accused Morgan Vanderbilt of not being a good mother to her niece after the child got tonsillitis and was left in New York to be taken care of by Vanderbilt Whitney. After seven weeks of the trial, Judge Carew ruled in favor of the aunt.

During her adolescence and early adulthood, Vanderbilt found herself drawn to the worlds of art and fashion. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse and art at the Art Students League of New York. Later, she pursued a career as an artist and gained recognition for her paintings and collages. In the 1950s, Vanderbilt hosted her own art exhibition, demonstrating her talent and passion for the creative arts.

(Original Caption) Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowska, scans a billboard at City Center bearing her name, as she began rehearsals today for her role in William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life, which opens at the 55th Street Playhouse on January 19th. Miss Vanderbilt recently announced her separation from maestro Leopold Stokowski and said she plans to divorce him. They have been married nine years and have two children.(Original Caption) Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowska, scans a billboard at City Center bearing her name, as she began rehearsals today for her role in William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life, which opens at the 55th Street Playhouse on January 19th. Miss Vanderbilt recently announced her separation from maestro Leopold Stokowski and said she plans to divorce him. They have been married nine years and have two children.

Gloria Vanderbilt before rehearsals for “The Time of Your Life” in 1955.

Vanderbilt ventured into the realm of acting, making her Broadway debut in the play “The Time of Your Life” in 1955.

It was in the realm of fashion that Vanderbilt left an indelible mark. In the late 1970s, she launched her eponymous designer jeans brand, Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans, in partnership with designer Mohan Murjani. The line became known for its signature swan logo (a reference to Vanderbilt’s first stage role in 1954, in “The Swan”) and form-fitting, stretchy jeans.

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Models at a Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans show in 1978.

The Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans brand underwent several ownership changes in the subsequent years following its inception. After initial success, the brand faced challenges and transitions. In the 1980s, it became part of Murjani Group, and later, Jones Apparel Group acquired it in 2002 for $138 million, as previously reported by WWD.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:Wendy Goodman;  Ralph Lauren, Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper attend the launch party for "The World Of Gloria Vanderbilt" at the Ralph Lauren Women's Boutique on November 4, 2010 in New York City  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:Wendy Goodman;  Ralph Lauren, Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper attend the launch party for "The World Of Gloria Vanderbilt" at the Ralph Lauren Women's Boutique on November 4, 2010 in New York City  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Wendy Goodman; Ralph Lauren, Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper at the launch party for “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” in 2010.

Vanderbilt’s influence on fashion extended beyond her denim empire. She was close friends with designers Diane von Fürstenberg, Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld, and often featured in best-dressed lists.

The heiress was also an author. She penned several memoirs and novels, including “Once Upon a Time: A True Story,” which delved into her tumultuous childhood and the infamous custody battle.

Family portrait of the Coopers as they play on a sofa in their home, Southampton, Long Island, New York, March 30, 1972. American author and actor Wyatt Emory Cooper and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper sit with their sons, Carter (1965 - 1988) and Anderson Cooper. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Family portrait of the Coopers as they play on a sofa in their home, Southampton, Long Island, New York, March 30, 1972. American author and actor Wyatt Emory Cooper and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper sit with their sons, Carter (1965 - 1988) and Anderson Cooper. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Family portrait of the Coopers in 1972: Wyatt Emory Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper, Anderson Cooper and Carter Cooper (1965-1988).

Vanderbilt was married four times; her last husband was author Wyatt Emory Cooper, with whom she had two kids, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper and CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper. Carter died at 23 years old in 1988.

Gloria Vanderbilt died at her home in Manhattan on June 17, 2019, aged 95.

Gloria Vanderbilt’s 100th Birthday: Remembering Her Life & Style in Photos

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Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt and guest attend Adolfo Sardini's summer 1970 ready to wear collection debut at the St. Regis Hotel.Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt and guest attend Adolfo Sardini's summer 1970 ready to wear collection debut at the St. Regis Hotel.

Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt and guest attend Adolfo Sardini’s summer 1970 ready to wear collection debut at the St. Regis Hotel.

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