Gloria Laura Vanderbilt (born February 20, 1924) is an
American artist, author, actress, heiress and socialite,
noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. She is a
member of the Vanderbilt family of New York and the mother
of CNN television anchor Anderson Cooper.
Vanderbilt studied acting at the
Neighborhood Playhouse with teacher Sanford Meisner and
studied art at the Art Students League of New York.
During the 1970s, she ventured into
the fashion business, first with Glentex, licensing her name
for a line of scarves. In 1976, Indian designer Mohan
Murjani's Murjani Corporation, proposed launching a line of
designer jeans carrying Vanderbilt's name embossed in script
on the back pocket, as well as her swan logo. Her jeans were
more tightly fitted than the other jeans of that time. The
logo eventually appeared on dresses and perfumes as well.
Along with her jeans, Vanderbilt also launched a line of
blouses, sheets, shoes, leather goods, liqueurs, and
accessories. Jones Apparel Group acquired the rights to
Gloria Vanderbilt jeans in 2002.
In 1978, Gloria Vanderbilt sold the
rights to her name to the Murjani Group. She then launched
her own company, "GV Ltd.," on 7th Avenue in New York.
In the period from 1982 to 2002
L'Oreal launched eight fragrances under the brand name
In 2001, Vanderbilt opened her first
art exhibition, "Dream Boxes," at the Southern Vermont Arts
Center in Manchester. A critical success, she launched
another exhibition of 35 paintings at the Arts Center in
2007. Two years later, she returned to the Arts Center as a
panelist at its Annual Fall Show Exhibition, signing copies
of her latest novel, "Obsession: An Erotic Tale."