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an American icon of fame fortune fashion and high society Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday at the age of ninety five the great great granddaughter of a real road in shipping magnet Vanderbilt was born into wealth in New York in nineteen twenty four her father died before she turned to leaving Vanderbilt at the center of scandal as relatives fought for custody and the multi million dollar trust fund glorious on %HESITATION to to be under bill Whitney eventually won custody in a bitter case that reached the U. S. Supreme Court Vanderbilt said being taken from her mother started her on a lifelong quest for love and approval she married four times the first at age seventeen and had four sons including CNN anchor Anderson Cooper Vanderbilt gained fame as an actress and designer in nineteen eighty eight Vanderbilt witnessed the suicide of her son Carter which she later called the most painful moment of her life , in the twenty sixteen documentary nothing left unsaid Vanderbilt and Cooper discuss their tumultuous family history I've been going through her storage stuff like boxes of things she's had in letters from Howard Hughes and Frank Sinatra and all these these things you just been putting away in storage and suddenly all these secrets would flood out of these boxes and I started asking about them that's what I thought you know we should do a film about this in a statement from CNN Cooper said of his legendary mother she was ninety five years old but ask anyone close to her and they tell you she was the youngest person they knew the coolest and most modern