Gloria Vanderbilt at 89: Anderson Cooper’s Mom Is Still Gorgeous After All These Years

She’s been rich, she’s been broke and she’s always been beautifulGloriaVanderbilt gloria7 gloria1oo.The ultimate socialite survivor,  she’s no stranger to sadness. Famous since her aunt Gertrude Vanderbilt 7Whitneygloria12

Gloria With Her Aunt Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gloria With Her Aunt Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

fought her mother Gloria Morgan for custody of the 11 year old heiress (Gertie won)

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

, 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 Gloria+Vanderbilt+Ralph+Lauren+Celebrates+0_YOqq5etxKlCooper. “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 1 2-1 3-1 8 11 12 13dining 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.

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‘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


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