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Gloria Vanderbilt-Social Icon and Fashion Legend-Through the Years

A look at the 93-year-old icon's life in pictures.
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She's a social icon, a fashion legend, and an artist in her own right. Gloria Vanderbilt was the subject of an HBO documentary, Nothing Left Unsaid, which featured her in conversation with her son Anderson Cooper, and a book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes, a memoir co-written with Cooper. Here, a look at the 93-year-old's life in photographs.

1926


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Gloria was born February 20, 1924. Here, she's held by her mother Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt shortly after the death of her father, Reginald Vanderbilt.

1934


Vanderbilt and her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt-Whitney, arrive at a courthouse in New York for a trial to determine who would get custody of Gloria.

1934


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Vanderbilt leaves St. Francis Catholic Church in Garden City, NY, with her aunt (right) after attending a service. Gloria, by a Supreme Court ruling, spent weekdays with her aunt and weekends with her mother.

1935


A young Gloria sits in a horse-drawn carriage in Locust Valley, NY in 1935.

1938


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Vanderbilt poses for a portrait.

1939


Gloria and her mother take a walk in Los Angeles.

1941


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Vanderbilt and her first husband, Pat de Cicco, at the El Morocco before they were married.

c. 1950


A pearl-clad Vanderbilt poses in a kitchen.

1953


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Gloria discusses her poetry on the CBS Radio program The Music Room. Three of her poems, set to music by composer Alan Hovhaness, were performed by opera singer Nell Tangeman under the title "Canticle for Voice, Strings, and Woodwinds."

1956


Director Sidney Lumet sits with his new wife Gloria during their wedding reception. Lumet was her third husband.

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1957


Vanderbilt walks with Frank Sinatra, one of her reported lovers.

1962


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Gloria and Lumet stand together at the foot of a marble staircase.

1963


Vanderbilt shows off a new hairstyle made famous by the 1961 French film Last Year at Marienbad.

1968


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Gloria sits for a portrait session at 44 years old.

1969


Vanderbilt at a New York Film Festival Opening at Alice Tully Hall.

1969

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Vanderbilt on the cover of T&C in February 1969.

1972


Vanderbilt with her fourth husband, Wyatt Emory Cooper, and their sons Carter Vanderbilt Cooper and Anderson Hayes Cooper.

1972


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The family at home on Long Island.

1972


Wyatt Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt at a Charlie Chaplin Tribute at the Philharmonic Hall in New York City.

1976


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Gloria and her sons, Carter and Anderson in New York City.

1976


Vanderbilt and her sons pose on her bed in their apartment in the UN Towers in New York.

1979


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Vanderbilt attends the Costume Institute Gala presentation "Fashions of The Hapsburg Era" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1979


Vanderbilt at a Lerner and Loew tribute party at Xenon Disco in New York City.

1982


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Vanderbilt at Swifty Lazar's party for Billy Wilder at Mortimer's restaurant in New York City.

1986


Designer Bill Blass and Vanderbilt at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards at the New York Public Library.

1992


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Vanderbilt arrives at the opening night of Death and the Maiden at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City.

1993


Photographer Gordon Parks and Vanderbilt at Vogue magazine's 100th-anniversary party at the New York Public Library. Parks and Vanderbilt had a long romance.

1995


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Gloria attends a Bill Blass fashion show in Bryant Park.

2004


Vanderbilt poses with her son Cooper at Tiffany's "Silver Jewelry" party.

2009


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Vanderbilt at the National Arts Club's Literary Committee event honoring Joyce Carol Oates.

2016


Vanderbilt on stage during the HBO Winter 2016 TCA panel at Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California.

2016


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Cooper and Vanderbilt pose for a portrait in her studio.

2016


Cooper and Vanderbilt film Nothing Left Unsaid with director Liz Garbus.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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