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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 February 1924New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameGloria Laura Morgan Vanderbilt
Nicknames Little Gloria
The Poor Little Rich Girl

Mini Bio (1)

Great-great-granddaughter of "The Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, founder of her family's fortune. Her maternal aunt, Lady Thelma Furness, was a mistress of King Edward VIII of Great Britain. Gloria is a close cousin of the British Dukes of Marlborough.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nichol

Spouse (4)

Wyatt Cooper (24 December 1963 - 5 January 1978) (his death) (2 children)
Sidney Lumet (27 August 1956 - 24 August 1963) (divorced)
Leopold Stokowski (21 April 1945 - 29 October 1955) (divorced) (2 children)
Pat DiCicco (28 December 1941 - 20 April 1945) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

Painter, stage and film actress, author, designer of fashion and housewares.
Mother of CNN host Anderson Cooper.
Mother of Leopold Stanislaus "Stan" Stokowski, born August 22, 1950 and Christopher Stokowski, born January 31, 1952, by Leopold Stokowski; Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, born January 27, 1965, (committed suicide July 22, 1988) and Anderson Cooper, born June 3, 1967, by Wyatt Cooper.
She is of Dutch, Chilean, Spanish, and Irish descent.
Born to Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880-1925), a railroad heir, and his second wife Gloria Laura Mercedes Morgan (1904-1965), she became heiress of a four million dollar trust due to her father's death, being just 15 months old.
Her aunt Thelma Converse was the mistress of the Duke of Windsor when she introduced him to her friend, Wallis Simpson.
Studied at the Art Students Leauge of New York.
Niece of Harry Hays Morgan.
Had a much-older half-sister, Mary Cathleen Vanderbilt (1904 - 1944), by her father Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt's first marriage to Cathleen Gebhardt Neilson (1882 - 1927).
Has two granddaughters and one grandson by her eldest son, Stan Stokowski: Aurora (born March 1983), Abra (born 1985), and Myles (born 1998).
Known for her line of designer jeans in the late '70s and '80s.
Her first husband, mobster Pat DiCicco, was a henchman for Lucky Luciano. Both men were implicated in the death of Thelma Todd.
Was the center of a fierce custody battle between her mother and her mother's sister-in-law, Gertrude Vanderbilt-Whitney, who was convinced Gloria's mother wan an unfit parent. Mrs. Whitney eventually gained guardianship of the then-11 year old. The incident was the basis of the mini-series Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982).
Shares her birthday with her cousin C.V. Whitney.

Personal Quotes (7)

If you don't have a father, you don't miss it, because you don't know what it is. It was really only when I married Wyatt Cooper that I understood what it was like to have a father, because he was just an extraordinary father.
I don't read anything about myself. As a child, there was something in me that was just instinctive. I want to be clear in my spirit, and I don't want to be blocked by things that get inside of you and kill you.
I have a tremendous appetite for life; the phone rings and your whole life could change.
I've had many, many loves. I always feel that something wonderful is going to happen. And it always does.
When I'm traveling to promote my book, I feel like an artful impostor. What I really am is when I'm in my (painter's) studio and when I'm writing. With actors, it's the same thing. They're kind of artful impostors in public. When you get to know them, they're different people.
You must always have great, secret, big fat hopes for yourself in love and in life. The bigger, the better.
On personal power: One of the goals of life is to try and be in touch with one's most personal themes -- the values, ideas, styles, colors, that are the touchstones of one's own individual life, its real texture and substance.

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