Fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt was pronounced dead at the age of 95 by her son Anderson Cooper, an anchor for CNN. As a child, Vanderbilt was the subject of a custody battle between her mother and her rich paternal aunt who eventually won the case. Nobody predicted that Vanderbilt would become a fashion model, a pioneer of designer jeans in the 1970s, and an actress and writer.
How will she be remembered? “What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. And what an incredible woman,” Cooper lamented in his obituary. For everyone else, Vanderbilt is best known for her blue jeans.