Born in New York in 1924, Gloria Laura Morgan Vanderbilt grew up in France. Her life was chronicled in sensational headlines from her childhood through four marriages and three divorces. At 21, she took control of a $4.3 million trust fund her father had left her. In 1954, she made her stage debut in a production of the romantic drama, “The Swan,” at the Pocono Playhouse in Mountainhome, Pennsylvania. She published a book of poetry the following year. Later, she produced fashion and textile designs that would earn her the 1969 Neiman Marcus Fashion Award, before opening the door to a line of ready-to-wear garments in the mid-1970s.
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She sold millions of pairs of jeans bearing her trademark swan logo. Vanderbilt was also a top international fashion model. In 2001, Vanderbilt opened her first art exhibition, “Dream Boxes,” at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. had written two books on art and home decor, four volumes of memoirs and three novels, and was a regular contributor to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Elle. When Vanderbilt celebrated her 90th birthday on February 20, 2014, her collections of many drawings, paintings and collectibles were placed on display at New York Design Center in New York City.