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Gloria Vanderbilt (1924)

The daughter of a rail-road heir, Gloria Vanderbilt inherited a fortune at her father's death when she was only a baby. Her trust funds were under the control of her mother who, scrutinized by a paternal aunt, lost custody of her daughter who had found herself at the centre of a national scandalous trial. Gloria Vanderbilt earned a reputation as an artist and she designed specific works and patterns for home-wear and paper products. During the 1970s, she launched her own scarves and clothing line – her designer jeans meeting with huge success - while she imagined several perfumes bearing her name and a pioneer, she moved the designer from behind closed curtains to centre stage. From beautiful heiress who seduced numerous sex-symbols such as Marlon Brando and Gene Kelly and an inspiration to Truman Capote for the character of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gloria Vanderbilt turned into a modern time lady who lived many lives and dared to publish an erotic novel as an octogenarian.

Sidney Lumet and Gloria Vanderbilt  wedding, 1956
Sidney Lumet and Gloria Vanderbilt wedding, 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt by Frances Mclaughlin-Gill for Vogue, 1945
Gloria Vanderbilt by Frances Mclaughlin-Gill for Vogue, 1945
Bruce Cabot and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1941
Bruce Cabot and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1941
Bruce Cabot, Gloria Vanderbilt and Rita Hayworth at El Morocco in New York, 1941
Bruce Cabot, Gloria Vanderbilt and Rita Hayworth at El Morocco in New York, 1941
Cary Grant, Bruce Cabot and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1940s
Cary Grant, Bruce Cabot and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1940s
Gloria Vanderbilt  with Salvador Dalí at his Surrealist Ball, 1941
Gloria Vanderbilt with Salvador Dalí at his Surrealist Ball, 1941
Cathleen and Gloria Vanderbilt, c. 1940
Cathleen and Gloria Vanderbilt, c. 1940
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1967
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1967
Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper, 1960s
Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper, 1960s
Gloria Vanderbilt with Frank Sinatra and his son by Frank Rino, 1954
Gloria Vanderbilt with Frank Sinatra and his son by Frank Rino, 1954
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst, 1966
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst, 1966
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1955
Truman Capote and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1972
Truman Capote and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1972
Gloria Vanderbilt, Pearl Bailey and Truman Capote, 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt, Pearl Bailey and Truman Capote, 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt by Evelyn Floret, 1979
Gloria Vanderbilt by Evelyn Floret, 1979
Frank Sinatra and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1954
Frank Sinatra and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1954
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst, 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst, 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt by Francesco Scavullo, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Francesco Scavullo, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1953
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1953
Gloria Vanderbilt and first husband Pasquale John Di Cicco cutting their wedding cake December 28 1941
Gloria Vanderbilt and first husband Pasquale John Di Cicco cutting their wedding cake December 28 1941
Anderson with his brother Carter and mother Gloria Vanderbilt at the Plaza Hotel in New York, New York 1979
Anderson with his brother Carter and mother Gloria Vanderbilt at the Plaza Hotel in New York, New York 1979
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon, 1953
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon, 1953
Wyatt Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1968
Wyatt Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1968
Gloria Vanderbilt by Patrick Demarchelier, 2014
Gloria Vanderbilt by Patrick Demarchelier, 2014
Gloria Vanderbilt by Patrick Demarchelier, 2014
Gloria Vanderbilt by Patrick Demarchelier, 2014
Gloria Vanderbilt in Bill Blass by Francesco Scavullo for Town & Country, 1969
Gloria Vanderbilt in Bill Blass by Francesco Scavullo for Town & Country, 1969
Sidney Lumet and Gloria Vanderbilt at their wedding by Gordon Parks. New York City, August 1956
Sidney Lumet and Gloria Vanderbilt at their wedding by Gordon Parks. New York City, August 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt by Gordon Parks. New York City, August 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt by Gordon Parks. New York City, August 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt in her apartment in the South Penthouse at 10 Gracie Square by Richard Avedon, New York, 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt in her apartment in the South Penthouse at 10 Gracie Square by Richard Avedon, New York, 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt and Deanna Dublin at the Universal Studios, 1939
Gloria Vanderbilt and Deanna Dublin at the Universal Studios, 1939
Frank Sinatra and Gloria Vanderbilt at the Ambassador Hotel, New Years Eve 1954
Frank Sinatra and Gloria Vanderbilt at the Ambassador Hotel, New Years Eve 1954
Frank Sinatra and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1954
Frank Sinatra and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1954
Gloria Vanderbilt and Pat DiCicco on their wedding day, 1941
Gloria Vanderbilt and Pat DiCicco on their wedding day, 1941
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1958
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1958
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst, New York, 1941
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst, New York, 1941
Gloria Vanderbilt and Sidney Lumet Gordon Parks. 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt and Sidney Lumet Gordon Parks. 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt and Truman Capote, 1965
Gloria Vanderbilt and Truman Capote, 1965
Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Emory Cooper in New York by Bill Cunningham for American Vogue, 1972
Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Emory Cooper in New York by Bill Cunningham for American Vogue, 1972
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon, 1969
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon, 1969
Gloria Vanderbilt by John Rawlings for a Ponds Cold Cream advertisement in Vogue, 1945
Gloria Vanderbilt by John Rawlings for a Ponds Cold Cream advertisement in Vogue, 1945
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst. ca. 1961
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst. ca. 1961
Gloria Vanderbilt with third husband Sidney Lumet by Richard Avedon, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt with third husband Sidney Lumet by Richard Avedon, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt photographed by Gordon Parks, 1961
Gloria Vanderbilt photographed by Gordon Parks, 1961
Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper photographed by Francesco Scavullo, 1960s
Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper photographed by Francesco Scavullo, 1960s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Gordon Parks in costume for Molnar’s play, The Swan, 1954
Gloria Vanderbilt by Gordon Parks in costume for Molnar’s play, The Swan, 1954
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, New York, 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, New York, 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt modeling her Fortuny dress and Rita Delisi necklace by Avedon for Vogue, 1969
Gloria Vanderbilt modeling her Fortuny dress and Rita Delisi necklace by Avedon for Vogue, 1969
Gloria Vanderbilt by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1953
Gloria Vanderbilt by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1953
Gloria Vanderbilt sunbathing at home, Junction City, Kansas, 1941
Gloria Vanderbilt sunbathing at home, Junction City, Kansas, 1941
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1945
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1945
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Inge Morath, 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt by Inge Morath, 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt by Inge Morath, 1956
Gloria Vanderbilt by Inge Morath, 1956
Gloria Vanderbil, circa 1934
Gloria Vanderbil, circa 1934
Gloria Vanderbilt, c. 1970s
Gloria Vanderbilt, c. 1970s
Gloria Vanderbilt, C.1940’s
Gloria Vanderbilt, C.1940’s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, New York, March 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, New York, March 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt, Paris, late 1920’s
Gloria Vanderbilt, Paris, late 1920’s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Tom Palumbo, 1966
Gloria Vanderbilt by Tom Palumbo, 1966
Gloria Vanderbilt, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, 1939
Gloria Vanderbilt, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, 1939
Gloria Vanderbilt with her son Carter by Toni Frissell for Vogue, 1966
Gloria Vanderbilt with her son Carter by Toni Frissell for Vogue, 1966
Gloria Vanderbilt by Francesco Scavullo, 1968
Gloria Vanderbilt by Francesco Scavullo, 1968
Gloria Vanderbilt  by Horst P. Horst forVogue, New York, 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst forVogue, New York, 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, February 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, February 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt, circa 1940’s
Gloria Vanderbilt, circa 1940’s
Wyatt Emory Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt with sons Anderson and Carter by Jack Robinson for Vogue, New York, June 1972
Wyatt Emory Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt with sons Anderson and Carter by Jack Robinson for Vogue, New York, June 1972
Wyatt Emory Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt with sons Carter Cooper, Christopher  and Leopold Stanislas Stokowski by Toni Frissell for Vogue, 1966
Wyatt Emory Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt with sons Carter Cooper, Christopher and Leopold Stanislas Stokowski by Toni Frissell for Vogue, 1966
Gloria Vanderbilt by Paul Schutzer, 1962
Gloria Vanderbilt by Paul Schutzer, 1962
Gloria Vanderbilt and Sons Carter and Anderson Cooper by Zita Davisson, 1970s
Gloria Vanderbilt and Sons Carter and Anderson Cooper by Zita Davisson, 1970s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, February 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, February 1975
Gloria Vanderbilt  by George Hurrell, 1940s
Gloria Vanderbilt by George Hurrell, 1940s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Gordon Parks in costume for Molnar’s play, The Swan, 1954
Gloria Vanderbilt by Gordon Parks in costume for Molnar’s play, The Swan, 1954
Gloria Vanderbilt by Carl Van Hechten, 1958
Gloria Vanderbilt by Carl Van Hechten, 1958
Gloria Vanderbilt by René Bouché, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt by René Bouché, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1960s
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1960s
Anderson, Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt by Jack Robinson, 1972
Anderson, Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt by Jack Robinson, 1972
Leopold Stokowski by George Grantham Bain
Leopold Stokowski by George Grantham Bain
Sidney Lumet with second wife Gloria Vanderbilt, 1956
Sidney Lumet with second wife Gloria Vanderbilt, 1956
Anderson, Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt by Jack Robinson, 1972
Anderson, Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt by Jack Robinson, 1972
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