Heiress and businesswoman Gloria Vanderbilt has lived SUCH a remarkable life, with more ups and downs than anyone could imagine. Now we’re getting one of the most intimate views of of it with an HBO documentary featuring her newsman son Anderson Cooper.
Gloria Vanderbilt‘s world has played out like something out of a soap opera, and we’ll be getting a first hand look at it when HBO airs the documentary Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper Apr. 9. The 92-year-old and her CNN anchorman son Anderson Cooper, 48, will be discussing everything about her amazing life on the program, so, let’s get to know five things about Gloria..
Here are five things to know about Gloria Vanderbilt.
1. Gloria became famous at nine-years-old as the “Poor Little Rich Girl.”
She was the center of a famed custody dispute between her mother and aunt, as both wanted control over her $4 million trust fund (about $65 million in today’s dollars) left to her when her father — railroad fortune heir Reginald Vanderbilt — died when she was only 18-months-old. Her paternal aunt claimed Gloria’s mom overspent, partied too hard and was unfit to raise her daughter. Her aunt won custody, but,the press gave little Gloria the sad nickname.
2. Gloria has been married four times.
Her first marriage came at 17-years-old to 32-year-old Hollywood agent Pasquale diCicco, who she left after he became physically abusive. At 21, she married famed conductor Leopold Stokowski, who was more than 40 years older than her. She divorced him in 1955 to marry film director Sidney Lumet. When that marriage ended, she wed author Wyatt Cooper, who she was with until his death during open heart surgery in 1978.
3. Gloria’s son Carter committed suicide in front of her.
Her son – Anderson’s older brother – Carter, then 23, jumped to his death off a 14th-floor terrace of her Manhattan apartment in July, 1988. Gloria was on her knees begging him not to do it, but he took his life anyway.
4. Gloria was a wildly successful jean designer.
In the late 1970’s, her Gloria Vanderbilt line of skin-tight designer jeans were all the rage. She successfully ventured into other apparel, as well as jewelry and perfumes before selling her name rights to the brand to a corporation in India.
5. Gloria won’t be leaving any of her fortune to Anderson – per HIS request!
Anderson has admitted that he doesn’t want to inherit any money from his mom when she passes, revealing in 2014 that, “From the time I was growing up, if I felt that there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don’t know that I would’ve been so motivated. She made more money on her own than she ever inherited. We believe in working.”
HollywoodLifers, did you see Gloria and Anderson’s documentary? What did you think of it?