WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Gloria Vanderbilt, famed fashion designer and member of the celebrated Vanderbilt family died of cancer at 95 years old.
- Her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, described how lovely she was especially in her private self.
- She died surrounded by beauty and love from families and friends.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, has died at 95 years old. She was diagnosed with advanced cancer in her stomach earlier this month and it had spread rapidly.
Cooper told CNN, Vanderbilt died at home surrounded by family and friends, admitting she was the “strongest person” he’s ever met.
“Her private self, her real self — that was more fascinating and lovely than anything she shared the public,” Cooper said.
He described his mother as a “visitor from another world…” who traveled from a distant star and got stranded here on earth. Throughout her life, she suffered a lot of losses but she fought on up to her death.”
Gloria Vanderbilt died as she lived — on her own terms,” Cooper said.
She has always been replaying events in her past, especially her childhood, restaging them through her paintings and artworks in order to make sense of them, Cooper said in an October 2017 episode of “10% Happier” podcast with ABC News’ Dan Harris.
She had a normal childhood as screwed up as anyone else, Copper added.
Vanderbilt was also a fashion and cultural icon, creating the extremely successful Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans in 1976, which later on expanded to other areas in apparel and lifestyle industry.
She has also appeared on Broadway and on television and published multiple novels, including “It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir,” 2004. She also appeared in “Nothing Left Unsaid,” a 2016 documentary with Cooper. It was the same year when they published the novel entitled, “The Rainbow Comes and Goes.”
Vanderbilt talked about her belief about the meaning of life in an interview on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
“Love is really what it’s all about, and it’s all that we really have in the world and what’s important. We have to love each other and be close to those that are related to us,” she said.
Her circle of friends includes the society’s A-list including like Frank Sinatra, Truman Capote, Diane von Furstenberg, Howard Hughes and Marlon Brando. Vanderbilt also has friends from all walks of life, who she considered amazing people.
Cooper confessed that though she wished for more time, she was ready to go.
“She spent a lot of time alone in her head during her life, but when the end came, she was not alone. She was surrounded by beauty and by family and friends. What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. And what an incredible woman,” he said.
Source: ABC News