17 Jun Fashion Icon Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95
Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning, according to her son, CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The fashion designer, artist and socialite was 95. She died in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side.
After claiming her financial independence with her fashion empire, Gloria was finally able to break free of her heiress status. “I’m not knocking inherited money,” she told The New York Times in 1985, “but the money I’ve made has a reality to me that inherited money doesn’t have. As the Billie Holiday song goes, ‘Mama may have and Papa may have, but God bless the child that’s got his own.’ ” Ms. Vanderbilt was also an acclaimed writer and artist, but she will always be remembered as the “Jeans Queen”.