Poor Little Rich Girl: Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria Vanderbilt was surrounded by gilt, glamour, and scandal growing up on the East Coast. She was born on February 20, 1924 in New York City. She was the daughter of Reginald Vanderbilt, the heir to a railroad fortune. She was the daughter to his second wife, Gloria Morgan, and had a half-sister from his first wife. After her father died when she was just an infant, Gloria Vanderbilt inherited millions, but couldn’t control what the money was spent on. Her custody went to her mother, who spent the money lavishly with frequent trips to Paris and shopping boutiques. Her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, took her mother to court for custody of little Gloria due to rash spending and ill-fitting care. After a ton of scandals, tabloid articles, and paparazzi photos, the Vanderbilt’s case went to the Aunt Gertrude. Turmoil continued within the family as Gloria’s mother had to live on a severe budget with limited visitation rights.
Gloria Vanderbilt lived with her rich aunt in Long Island, and got sent to private schools for her education. She showed a keen interest in art, interestingly enough, and studied at Art Students League in New York. At the young age of 17, she married her first husband. That’s right, I said first, because Gloria had a total of 4 husbands! With her last husband, she gave birth to two sons, including Anderson Cooper, the CNN reporter. She showed her artwork, which included everything from oil paintings to watercolors, in various shows and got bought out by Hallmark. She even started her own line of jeans! Gloria Vanderbilt may have inherited a fortune, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her passions, which makes her a real GirlMogul.
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