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Gloria Vanderbilt: 1924-2019

Gloria Vanderbilt: 1924-2019

        Gloria Vanderbilt, the society heiress who stitched her illustrious family name into designer jeans and built a $100 million fashion empire, crowning her tabloid story of a child-custody fight, of broken marriages and of jet-set romances, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 95.

January 1955. "Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt in her New York City apartment with Stanislas and Christopher, her sons by conductor husband Leopold Stokowski." Color transparency from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Gloria Vanderbilt Builds a New Life." View full size.

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Among the dramas of Gloria Vanderbilt's almost unbelievably dramatic life, she was estranged from her son Christopher Stokowski for nearly four decades. There was a reported but unpublicized reconciliation after Anderson Cooper's documentary on his mother, which had little to say about Christopher, was shown in 2016.

I've never seen a photo of Gloria with all four of her sons together.

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