Gloria Vanderbilt Net Worth 2020, Biography, Career, and Marital Life.
Gloria Vanderbilt Net Worth 2020 – Gloria Vanderbilt is an American artist, author, actor, socialite, heiress, and fashion designer.
She was born in Manhattan, to the railroad mogul Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, as his only heiress.
Reginald’s fortune gave rise to a massive controversy and a fight for her custody after her father died.
Biography of Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria Vanderbilt was born on February 20, 1924, in Manhattan, New York, to the wealthy and popular railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt.
She was born out of his second marriage to Gloria Morgan.
She was raised in a highly religious household. Initially, she was baptized in ‘The Episcopal Church,’ but following her father’s death, she was raised according to the beliefs of the ‘Catholic Church,’ owing to her mother.
She grew up with a half-sister, from his father’s first marriage to Cathleen Neilson.
Upon her father’s death, when she was 18 months old, her mother took her on extensive trips to Europe. Her mother’s sister, a mistress to the erstwhile Prince of Wales, accompanied them on the trips.
The trust fund money, which was worth US$ 5 million, belonged to Gloria. Her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, severely opposed Gloria’s mother and said that her lifestyle was inappropriate for the mental health of young Gloria.
Vanderbilt began her career as a commercial designer in 1971 when Don Hall of the Hallmark company saw Vanderbilt’s drawings in an art gallery. The drawings were used in a line of paper goods.
A collection of scarves was adapted from her paintings. Vanderbilt went on to design a line of blouses and a highly successful line of jeans. In 1980, she earned $10 million.
Her name was seen on such products as perfume, sheets, shoes, leather goods, liqueurs, and accessories. In the mid-1980s, she launched a tofu-based frozen dessert.
Vanderbilt was one of the first designers to make public appearances, a difficult thing for her because of her shyness.
Friends of Vanderbilt, who wished to remain anonymous, told People magazine in 1985, “There has always been a vulnerable, childlike quality about her. She has had despair and aloneness, and maybe, as a result, she has terminal narcissism.
A whole slice of her is a dreamy child. … Sometimes she can hardly speak, she is so shy. But when something interests her she may get on a run and bore you to death about a great piece of lace or something.”
In the 1980s, Vanderbilt began publishing her memoirs, Once Upon a Time.
Vanderbilt said in an interview with People, that she did not write it as a form of therapy to resolve the pain she felt at her mother’s indifference.
“I did it because I’m a natural-born writer. I consider it a piece of work, not therapy. I always knew I would do the book, and it fell onto the page.” Her second book, Black Knight, White Knight, tells of her marriages to De Cicco and Stokowski.
In it, she wrote of Stokowski, “With time, bitterness and pain gently slipped away, and a mysterious loving light shines strongly through the crystal of memory.
Because as I have come to understand myself-I have also come to understand him.
My mother, too, I have come to understand … And although I still search for her, and part of me probably always will, it is an ache I have learned to live with, and we have found, she and I, a place of peace where we rest together: closer perhaps in death than we ever were in life.”
- Gloria Vanderbilt is known to have led a grand and majestic life. She started dating early in her life. In 1941, at the age of 17, she fell in love with an agent, Pat DiCicco, and got married to him soon. The couple divorced in 1945, with Gloria accusing him of physical abuse. She was his second wife and had no children with him.
- In 1945, just a few months after her first divorce, she married Leopold Stokowski and had two sons with him, before she divorced him in 1955. She was his third wife.
- She then married director Sidney Lumet and was his second wife. The couple did not have any children and divorced seven years later. In December 1963, she married Wyatt Emory Cooper, and they had two sons. However, the marriage ended with Wyatt’s death 15 years after the marriage.
- Apart from marrying four times, she also had a string of lovers throughout her life. She is said to have dated Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Howard Hughes, and Gordon Parks.
Gloria Vanderbilt Net Worth
Gloria Vanderbilt is an American socialite, fashion designer, actor, and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $200 million.