Mind in Motion: Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95

Words to live by: Gloria Vanderbilt

The great battle

Fashion designer, artist, actress, author, socialite, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, who survived the high profile custody battle known as “trial of the century” as a child and went on to live a most amazing life, died today at her home in Manhattan. The first wealthy American to transform her family name into a famous brand, Ms. Vanderbilt used her notoriety in the media to build a fashion empire and make her own fortune. She turned her rollercoaster life into a series of emotionally charged memoirs.

CNN’s announcement of her demise includes a tender eulogy from her son, the journalist Anderson Cooper:

The report of her passing during National Public Radio’s Morning Edition concluded with the following words to live by that Gloria Vanderbilt had painted above her fireplace:

“Be kind to everyone you meet, for everyone is fighting a great battle.”


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  1. What a tribute to such a fine relationship between son and mother. One catches only a glimpse of such friendships in life. I always wanted to have a friend among my family members and among my life friends. Thank you Larry; you are truly something else.NL