fought her mother Gloria Morgan for custody of the 11 year old heiress (Gertie won)
, Gloria Vanderbilt DiCicco-Stokowski-Lumet-Cooper, has been a battered wife, a trophy wife, a Hollywood wife and Mrs.Wyatt Cooper, happy at last. She would be, until his death at age 50.
She made a fortune hawking jeans with Murjani then trusted her shrink and his lawyer to manage the money. It was a classic rich girl mistake that left her swindled and owing the IRS a bundle.
At 89, she lives in a two bedroom Upper Eastside apartment owned by her son Anderson Cooper. “Decorating is autobiography.” she says and does it often. Here, pics of her dining room and former office re-imagined by GV to honor the Gracie Chinoiserie wall paper screens she found on 1st dibs. Their stated provenance was the dining room walls of Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Cooper. Mom alerted Anderson by email and the screens were his 88th birthday present for the mom who’s had everything.
‘Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.’–F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Years ago I asked her how she had survived. “I had an image of myself that at my core there was a rock-hard diamond that nothing could get at, nothing could crack,” she said. It was not a boast, it was a statement of fact, a sentence suffused with sadness”.–Anderson Cooper
‘I do spend money. I like to spend money, on houses – on furnishing houses,’ she says, ‘And I love to give presents to people. It’s just in my nature to be that way. I always spent money I had. And I always spent what I made. I’m not stingy.’ But even the money she inherited in February 1945 – nearly $4 million, at the time when that was a truly enormous sum – wasn’t inexhaustible. By the time she married Wyatt Cooper, the fortune could no longer support Gloria’s lifestyle. Much of the money had gone on custody battles, divorce settlements and bad investments. Simple overspending took the rest.” — Gloria Vanderebilt