Fashion icon and artist Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

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The heiress, socialite, model, designer, artist and writer Gloria Vanderbilt has died at 95, her son Anderson Cooper announced on CNN on Monday. CNN reported that she died at her home and was suffering from advanced stomach cancer. Gloria's father, Reginald Vanderbilt, was the heir to the family's railroad fortune, though he gambled much of that away and died when Gloria was a baby.

From a young age, Vanderbilt led a tumultuous life, one marked by a heated custody battle over her and her inheritance when she was young, and filled with marriages and business ventures as she grew older.

When Gloria was elementary-school aged, her Aunt Gertrude sued to gain custody of her.

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"She lived her entire life in the public eye", Cooper said in a video obituary that aired on CNN Monday. They divorced by the time she was 21, but she went on to marry three other times - conductor Leopold Stokowski in 1945, award-winning movie and television director Sidney Lumet in 1956, and author Wyatt Cooper, who is Anderson Cooper's father, in 1963.

She had an eclectic career and continued to work well into old age. She also turned to the literary world, writing novels and memoirs. He recalled hearing her laugh and how they sounded similar.

"I never knew we had the exact same giggle", Cooper said during a visit before her death. What an extraordinary mom.

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