An artist, a fashion icon, a talented painter, an actress and a designer jeans pioneer, Gloria Vanderbilt died from stomach cancer at the mature age of 95. In infancy, her father died. She then became the beneficiary of a multimillion-dollar trust fund. The newspaper called her the “poor little rich girl” in 1934.
To millions of women and men who wore her jeans and watched her proclaim that her svelte jeans “really hug your derriere” on TV, Ms. Vanderbilt was an alluring fashion diva in the 1970s. This legendary socialite, who married several times in her life, made her name in the 1970s and 80s as a designer jeans pioneer, and lived her life to the fullest will always be remembered on her own terms.