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Designers and Celebrities Honor Gloria Vanderbilt

Almost immediately after the news broke that Vanderbilt had passed away, the tributes began pouring in.
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On Monday, Anderson Cooper confirmed on-air that his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, had died at the age of 95. Soon thereafter, people whose lives Vanderbilt had touched began celebrating her legacy.

Everyone chooses something different to remember Gloria Vanderbilt by: her personal history, her art, her giggle. Here, a few notable tributes to Vanderbilt, including those by Andy Cohen, Joyce Carol Oates, and her very own son, Anderson Cooper.


ANDERSON COOPER

Vanderbilt's son delivered a moving eulogy for his late mother, telling the story of her life from beginning to end. Cooper combined his journalistic expertise and intimate knowledge of his subject for an unforgettable tribute, concluding with, "What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. What an incredible woman."


JOYCE CAROL OATES

The author remembered her friend in a series of tweets, many of which featured Vanderbilt's art. The late icon seems to have painted several portraits of Oates, in addition to creating a collage of Oates and her family. "With a few deft impressionistic strokes Gloria Vanderbilt could create a magical likeness," Oates noted in one tweet.

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ANDY COHEN

Cohen, who had interviewed his longtime friend Anderson Cooper alongside Vanderbilt in 2016, took to Instagram to commemorate her passing. "Gloria Vanderbilt was an amazing woman who lived a life filled with incredible peaks and impossible obstacles," he wrote. "Through it all, she remained eternally optimistic with a wicked sense of humor. In fact, Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mom," he added, referencing a detail that Cooper had disclosed during his CNN broadcast.

KATHY GRIFFIN

Griffin, who called Vanderbilt "Glo Vandi," posted a long thread in remembrance. She remembered how Vanderbilt made her feel at home in elite circles. "I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her," Griffin wrote of Vanderbilt's dinner parties. "Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say 'Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?'"

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MARIA SHRIVER

Shriver tweeted a response to Cooper's broadcast, writing "how moving to have your son do this." She added that she was keeping Cooper in her prayers.



PETER DUNDAS

Dundas, a fashion designer known for his work at Emilio Pucci and Roberto Cavalli, paid his respects on Instagram. He chose to share one of Gloria's iconic photos, in bed with her sons Anderson and Carter Cooper.

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RIP GLORIA???????????????????????? #gloriavanderbilt #styleicon #inspiration #queenofjeans #thankyou

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LISA RINNA

Rinna celebrated both Vanderbilt and her son, Anderson Cooper, in a tweet. "Gloria Vanderbilt influenced me from a very early age," Rinna wrote. "She was a bigger than life ICON who I was so taken with."



GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

The fashion designer shared a Richard Avedon portrait of the late heiress on Instagram, and let the photo speak for itself.

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17.06.2019 17:25 #gloriavanderbilt #richardavedon

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KELLY RIPA

Ripa posted an image of herself with Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper. "A true lady and pioneer who lived life to its fullest," she wrote. "I will miss you and everything about you. May you Rest In Peace Gloria.......you deserve it."

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MARY MCDONALD

The designer and TV personality shared an image from one of Vanderbilt's most famous photo shoots. "Thank you for a lifetime of inspiration as an artist, trailblazer, designer, parent, survivor, icon and overall mold breaker in many categories," she wrote.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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