Watch Anderson Cooper’s tender tribute to mother Gloria Vanderbilt

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"Gloria Vanderbilt was 95 years old when she died", he said, his voice quivering.

According to Cooper, she died at home with her friends and family at her side.

Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression and survived family tragedy and multiple marriages to reign in the 1970s and 80s as a designer jeans pioneer, has died at the age of 95.

"Over the course of her life, my mom was photographed by all the great photographers, she worked as a painter, a writer, an actress, and designer". She also wrote novels and books on art, in addition to memoirs, including one co-authored with Cooper in 2016, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss.

In her adult life, Vanderbilt launched a series of fashion, perfume and home items in her name. She also wrote about her romances with celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Howard Hughes.

Vanderbilt's life was often marked with controversy, starting in 1934 when she became the center of a custody battle between her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, that made headlines. "Even at that point she fondly remembered us". Gloria Vanderbilt died as she lived, on her own terms.

At 17, Vanderbilt married for the first time, to a Hollywood agent with a sketchy past. And she was always in love.

Vanderbilt won a $1.5 million judgment in 1993 against her lawyer and psychiatrist, claiming they had stolen from her.

"She made me look fly!" That's where she learned she had very advanced cancer in her stomach, and that it had spread, ' Cooper said. She, in turn, accused him of tyrannising their sons and said he really was 85, and not 72 as he claimed. She had to sell her five-story townhouse in NY and seven-bedroom home in Southampton on Long Island to pay $2.5 million in back taxes she believed Andrews had handled.

Anderson added: "I think it obviously brought us together in ways and I think you can't help but come closer going through something like that, and, you know, it left us with each other".

"She would have graduated with the class of '42 - but she left at 17 to get married", said Laurie Flynn, Director of Strategic Communication at Wheeler, in a phone interview with on Monday. She said the connection was instant, that she knew him for a week and married him three weeks later. She spent her final days surrounded by those she loved, who loved her, including her son and fan Anderson Cooper. I didn't know what it meant.

Of his mother's extraordinary life, Anderson Cooper said, "I always thought of her as a visitor from another world, a traveler stranded here who'd come from a distant star that burned out long ago. But she was ready - she was ready to go". "And what an incredible woman", he said during the six-minute tribute to his beloved mother.



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