Born 1924 in New York City, actress, writer and artist Gloria Vanderbilt became famous early in life at the center of a battle between her mother and aunt for her custody and multi-million-dollar trust fund in the 1930s.
Her fame grew later in life as Vanderbilt ventured into theater, film from 1954 to 1963. She appeared in a number of live and filmed television dramas including Playhouse 90, Studio One in Hollywood, and The Dick Powell Show.
Vanderbilt was also a top international fashion model, and ventured into fashion, with her jeans becoming a staple of the ’70s designer scene. She has written several novels and nonfiction works, including It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir, and is a noted collagist and creator of multidimensional panoramas featured in exhibitions.
Vanderbilt is also renowned as the mother of broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper.
These beautiful photos that captured portraits of young Gloria Vanderbilt in the 1940s and 1950s.