This weekend I became fanatically fascinated with Gloria Vanderbilt. I’d heard of her before, but for some reason I started digging into her life story and consequently decided she is everything. Here are six reasons I think Gloria is the kitten’s nightgown.
1. She has a wild story. Here’s an excerpt from her Wikipedia page.
“Vanderbilt was born in New York City, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and his second wife, Gloria Morgan.
She became heiress to a half share in a $5 million trust fund upon her father’s death from cirrhosis when she was 18 months old.The rights to control this trust fund while Vanderbilt was a minor belonged to her mother, who traveled to and from Paris for years, taking her daughter with her. They were accompanied by a beloved nanny, whom young Gloria had named “Dodo”, who would play a tumultuous part in the child’s life,and her mother’s identical twin sister, Thelma, who was the mistress of The Prince of Wales during this time. As a result of frequent spending, her mother’s use of finances was scrutinized by the child Vanderbilt’s paternal aunt Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Whitney, a sculptor and philanthropist, wanted custody of the young girl and soon a famous custody trial became the lead story of 1934. The trial was so scandalous that at times, the judge would make everyone leave the room so as to listen to what young Vanderbilt had to say without anyone influencing her. Some people heard weeping and wailing inside the court room. Testimony was heard depicting the mother as an unfit parent; Vanderbilt’s mother lost the battle and Vanderbilt became the ward of her aunt Gertrude.
Litigation continued, however. Vanderbilt’s mother was forced to live on a drastically reduced portion of her daughter’s trust, which was worth more than $4 million at the end of 1937.Visitation was also closely watched to ensure that Vanderbilt’s mother did not exert any undue influence upon her daughter with her supposedly “raucous” lifestyle. Vanderbilt was raised amidst luxury at her aunt Gertrude’s mansion in Old Westbury, Long Island, surrounded by cousins her age who lived in houses circling the vast estate, and in New York City.”
2. She is a blue jean pioneer.
3. She has a penchant for absurd prints and chaotic, fabulous interior design.
4. She is Anderson Cooper’s MOM (see him above)! I know, don’t you feel weird inside?
5. She’s an artist, writer, fashion designer, and she’s casually launched 8 fragrances.
6. In this interview I learned she penned an erotic novel in her 80′s, God bless her.
I think I may need to read “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” to satiate my interest in this badass woman.