Gloria Vanderbilt Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Christian Mba
Agu 31, 2022 By Christian Mba
Originally Published on Jun 12, 2022
Edited by Lara Simpson
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Gloria Vanderbilt's $2.5 million trust fund inheritance in 25 amounts to tens of millions in the current day and age
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About Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt came from the vaulted Vanderbilt family that minted immense wealth through shipping and railroad ventures in America in the late 19th century.

As a child, she was involved in one of the most infamous and sensationalized child custody trials between her mother and her aunt. After living with her aunt, she was exposed to various arts and eventually went on to dip a foot in many fields. 

Gloria Vanderbilt's years chronicle the fall of an empire. The Vanderbilts were at the height of financial power at one point, and by the end of her lifetime, their wealth had dwindled into almost nothingness.

Although her son, Anderson Cooper, has made a modern name for himself in his own right, it is divorced from the baggage that his mother's name carries. Gloria's life, from birth to demise, has been splashed across the public eye, and this is just an attempt to chronicle a few of its moments.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Gloria Vanderbilt's net worth?

At the time of her passing in 2019, Gloria Vanderbilt's estate was informally valued at $1.5 million.

How much did Gloria Vanderbilt earn per year?

There is no information on her yearly earnings.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Gloria Vanderbilt?

Gloria Vanderbilt was 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) tall.

How old was Gloria Vanderbilt?

When she passed away on June 17, 2019, Gloria Vanderbilt, who'd spent most of her life in Manhattan, was 95 years old.

Childhood And Education

Gloria Vanderbilt was born to socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt and railroad heir Reginald Vanderbilt on February 20, 1924. The Vanderbilt family was one of the families that rose to extreme prominence due to their economic activities in the Gilded Age. Upon her father's death when she was only a year old, Gloria was involved in a messy, infamous custody trial between her mother, who was accused of gallivanting around Paris and being an unfit mother, and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an artist, sculptor, and art patron. Her aunt eventually won and raised Gloria in her New York and Long Island estates with her cousins.

Gloria Vanderbilt went to several schools, from Greenvale School to Miss Porter's School to Wheeler School to the Art Students League of New York. However, she dropped out of high school to get to Hollywood, where she married Pat DiCicco, a film agent, and alleged mobster. 

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Gloria Vanderbilt's partner?

Gloria Vanderbilt married four times in her lifetime. She had two sons, Christopher and Stanley Stokowski, from her second marriage to conductor Leopold Stokowski.

Her final marriage was to Wyatt Cooper, who was an author. They had two children, Anderson Cooper and Carter Cooper. Anderson Cooper is a popular broadcast journalist and political commentator. Wyatt passed away in 1978, in the 15th year of their marriage.

Career And Professional Highlights

Besides her birth into a dynastic family, Gloria Vanderbilt was adamant that she would pave her own path in life and stand on her merit, which she ultimately succeeded in. She has written multiple books on art, home decor, fiction, and her own life. She was a prolific artist, with solo exhibitions of her creations ranging from watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings. Other forms of visual arts she's participated in include acting and theatre.

Best Known For…

Gloria Vanderbilt has appeared in TV programs like 'The Dick Powell' Show and 'Playhouse 90'. Gloria Vanderbilt has also appeared in the Broadway play 'The Time Of Your Life' as Elsie. 

Gloria Vanderbilt also built her fashion empire from the ground up at the age of fifteen, when she started modeling in Harper's Bazaar. She pioneered blue designer jeans with a swan logo and her signature on the back pocket, which were created in collaboration with Indian fashion design house Murjani Corporation. As a fashion designer, Gloria launched her own company GV Ltd. which produced shoes, dresses, leather goods, and other accessories. She has also had eight fragrances sold under her brand name through the company L'Oreal.

Gloria Vanderbilt's Hobbies And Interests

Gloria Vanderbilt was a socialite, similar to her mother before her. She had a diverse and varied social life, often seen in the company of big industry names like Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Truman Capote, Diane von Furstenberg, and so on. Her fashion empire was her personal pride and joy, and she was often seen on lists of best-dressed women in America, along with society columns. 

It cannot be overstated how entrenched in art Gloria Vanderbilt was. She was indiscriminate in her appreciation of the act and produced creative works until the very end of her life. She has dabbled in everything from written works like poetry and raunchy comics and memoirs to films, dramas, and exhibitions. 

Gloria was interested in social media, often posting frequently and carelessly. She was amused by its nature and took great joy in perusing feeds. 

Other Interesting Gloria Vanderbilt Facts And Trivia

  • One of her memoirs is named 'Once Upon A Time: A True Story,' where she talks about everything from her childhood to the sensational custody trial she was embroiled in.
  • Gloria Vanderbilt's designer jeans were, at the peak of their popularity, making profits as high as 200 million USD. 
  • Gloria's son, Carter Cooper, from her fourth marriage, committed suicide at the age of 23. She has written about this period in her life, along with her feelings of grief and loss, in her memoir 'A Mother's Story.'
  • At age 21, Gloria gained access to her trust fund and cut off her mother from its bequeathment on the premise that she was in the prime of her life and could fend for herself. 

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Gloria Vanderbilt Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Gloria Laura Vanderbilt

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

New York



170 cm

Eye Color


Child Star?



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Art Students League

Net Worth



Wyatt Cooper


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