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Gloria Vanderbilt, the “poor little rich girl” who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes in U.S. history, died on Monday at the age of 95.
Gloria Vanderbilt arrives with her playwright husband, Wyatt Cooper, at a party given for Lady Bird Johnson in New York City, June 2, 1966.
Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowski is seen at opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in New York City, April 1, 1953. Mrs. Stokowski is chairwoman of the circus committee for the United Cerabral Palsy of NYC.
Wearing a red Courreges suit piped with white leather, Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper poses with one of her paintings, at her private studio in New York City, April 5, 1966.
Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper dances with actor Bobby Short, who stars in the show "Black Broadway," at a party at Maxwell's Plum in New York, May 26, 1980.
Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt and her husband, director Sidney Lumet, attend premiere of the picture "Trapeze" at the Capitol Theater in New York, June 4, 1956.
Gloria Vanderbilt Di Cicco is followed by attorney Lester D. Summerfield as she leaves the court in Reno, Nev., on April 21, 1945; one day after she obtained a divorce from Pasquale Di Cicco here, in a private trial, charging him with "unprovoked acts of cruelty." Later that day she marries, in a ceremony in Mexico, 58-year-old maestro Leopold Stokowski, co-conductor, with Toscanini, of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gloria Vanderbilt is shown with her third husband, director Sidney Lumet at their wedding in New York City August 27, 1956.
Railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper is seen in this January 4, 1964 photograph.
Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowski, estranged wife of conductor Leopold Stokowski, sits in her flower-decorated dressing room at New York City Center, as she thumbs through telegrams from well-wishers, January 19, 1954. Mrs. Stokowski made her New York stage debut appearing in one scene of William Saroyan's play "The Time of Our Life."
Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowski, left, her cousin Cornelius "Sonny" Vanderbilt Whitney and his wife arrive at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to attend the Met's 68th season premiere performance, November 10, 1952.
Gloria Vanderbilt is shown at a Truman Capote masquerade party with her husband Wyatt Cooper, November 28, 1966. \
America's foremost fashion designers get together February 4, 1981 for a taping of an episode of ABC-TV's "Love Boat" in which the elite group will appear, portraying themselves. The designers, from left, Bob Mackie, Halston, Gloria Vanderbilt and Geoffrey Beene, will appear on the show, to be aired in May, accompanied by models showing styles most closely identified with each designer.
Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper arrives for the Ethel Merman-Mary Martin benefit at the Broadway Theater in New York City, May 15, 1977. Her escort is unidentified.
Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, right, poses with her daughter Gloria in this April 13, 1934 photograph, made after a Supreme Court decision placed the girl under the custody of her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The 10-year-old heiress to a $4,000,000 fortune from her late father, Reginald Vanderbilt, is subject of a fierce custody battle between mother and aunt.
Gloria Vanderbilt, 13-year-old heiress to the $ 4,000,000 fortune of her late father, Reginald Vanderbilt, is shown in this January 20, 1938 photograph.
Gloria Vanderbilt De Cicco is seen as she dines with her nephew, Harry Cushing IV, at New York City's Stork Club, in 1943. Harry Cushing, son of Gloria's stepsister Kathleen Vanderbilt Cushing, is about the same age as his aunt.
Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, left, is shown with her husband actor Wyatt Cooper at a Truman Capote party in New York, May 6, 1968.
Best man Sidney Kingsley, right, kisses the bride, Gloria Vanderbilt, after she was married to television director Sidney Lumet, second from left, in New York City August 27, 1956. Matron of honor Carol Grace, left, waits her turn to congratulate Gloria. Wedding took place in playwright Kingsley's apartment. It was the third for Gloria, 32, and the second for Lumet, also 32.
Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowski, right, wife of conductor Leopold Stokowski, chats with Phyllis Kahgan and Franklin Karples at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Calif., July 11, 1945. They were awaiting the start of the first concert of the 1945 "Symphonies Under the Stars" series. Leopold Stokowski directed the orchestra.
Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt attend the premiere of "Nothing Left Unsaid" at the Time Warner Center on April 4, 2016 in New York.
Gloria Vanderbilt, the famous American heiress, and her husband, Pat DeCicco, a movie executive, clasp their hands together to make the first cut in their wedding cake at the reception on Jan. 12, 1942 at the Beverly Hills home of the Brideís mothers, Mrs. Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, following their marriage at Santa Barbara, California.
Four of America's foremost fashion designers, from left to right: Halston; Bob Mackie; Gloria Vanderbilt and Geoffrey Beene pose on the set of the"Love Boat" at Warner Brothers Studio in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 3, 1981. They will portray themselves on a special two-hour fashion themed episode of the top rated ABC series.
Almost lost between her burly escorts, little Gloria Vanderbilt is shown as she arrives at the home of her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, in midtown New York, December 22, 1934, for the first week-end visit authorized by Surpreme Court Justice Carew after he placed the girl under the guardianship of her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Nicknamed "poor little rich girl" by the press, the 10-year-old heiress to a $ 4,000 000 fortune from her late father, Reginald Vanderbilt, is subject of a fierce custody battle between her mother and aunt. Here she wears a plaid woolen duffle coat and matching hat.
Actor George Montgomery arrives for the premiere of the motion picture "Charley's Aunt," escorted by 17-year-old railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, left, and Cobina Wright Jr., in Hollywood, Calif., August 2, 1941.
Accompanied by a boduguard, a nurse, and a chauffeur, little Gloria Vanderbilt enters the home of her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, in midtown Manhattan, New York, April 22, 1935, for a Easter weekend visit. Nicknamed "poor little rich girl" by the press, the 11-year-old heiress to a $ 4,000 000 fortune from her late father, Reginald Vanderbilt, is subject of a fierce custody battle between her mother and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who was granted with legal guardianship over her niece.
Gloria Vanderbilt, 14-year-old heiress to the $ 4,000,000 fortune of her late father, Reginald Vanderbilt, sells balloons at a lawn festival at Harbour Court, residence of Mr. Nicholas Brown and his wife, Anne Kinsolving Brown, in Newport, R. I., July 13, 1938.
Gloria Vanderbilt attends the Hollywood premiere of "Charley's Aunt" with film star George Montgomery, left, in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 3, 1941. The 17-year-old heiress was the center of a three-way custody suit in 1934. She has been on an extensive visit to Hollywood.
Gloria Vanderbilt, 17-year-old heiress to the $ 4,000,000 fortune of her late father, Reginald Vanderbilt, celebrates her engagement to Pasquale "Pat" Di Cicco, a Hollywood actor's agent, at New York's Stork Club, December 12, 1941. Gloria's mother, Mrs. Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, announced that the couple will marry on Christmas Day in California.
Gloria Vanderbilt, twelve year old heiress to the fortune of her late father, Reginald Vanderbilt, at the Piping Rock Horse Show, New York on October 7, 1935.
Little Gloria Vanderbilt, center, canters away from the Vanderbilt Whitney estate at Westbury, on New York's Long Island, as the Meadow Brook Hunt starts on November 30, 1936. The 12-year-old heiress to a $ 4,000,000 fortune of her late father, Reginal Vanderbilt, is subject of a fierce custody battle between her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
11-year-old heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, center, and her friend, Louise Hutchinson, sit atop a wooden railing at the United Hunts Racing Association meet at Roslyn, on New York's Long Island, on May 24, 1935. The girls are accompanied by Gloria's paternal aunt and noted horsewoman, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
While the decision as to her custody is being pondered by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, little Gloria Vanderbilt and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, visit a circus and fair held annually at the Manhasset estate of Mrs. Vanderbilt Whitney on New York's Long Island, June 7, 1935. Nicknamed "poor little rich girl" by the press, the 11-year-old heiress to a $ 4,000,000 fortune from her late father, Reginald Vanderbilt, is subject of a fierce custody battle between her mother and aunt.
Gloria Vanderbilt, 15-year-old American heiress, left, chats with Canadian singer/actress Deanna Durbin during a luncheon at the studio commisary in Hollywood, Calif., June 26, 1939.
Railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt is seen in this undated photograph.
Gloria Vanderbilt-DiCicco and her husband Pat DiCicco are shown on their honeymoon at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 3, 1942. They continued eastward by car to El Paso, Texas.
Acting on television, Gloria Vanderbilt, the former wife of conductor Leopold Stokowski, questions little Karen Lee about a missing dollar bill in "Seed of Guilt," on CBS TV's "The United State Steel Hour," on Aug. 7, 1959. Miss Vanderbilt has performed in a number of stage and TV plays. the location is unknown.
Gloria Vanderbilt appears at felony court to swear to a complaint against Humberto Travali, of the Bronx, July 1, 1958, in New York City. Travali is charged with the theft of jewelry valued at approximately $75, 000 from Vanderbilt's home at Gracie's Square on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
In this photo provided by StarPix, designer Gloria Vanderbilt. right and Barbara Walters attend a celebration for the release of Vanderbilt's new book "Obsession" on July 16, 2009 in New York.
Gloria Vanderbilt poses for a photo Oct. 22, 2004, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Vanderbilt has written a slim new memoir titled "It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir."