Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95 Fashion designer and actress Gloria Vanderbilt has died. Vanderbilt rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s mainly because of her designer jean line. She was married four times and is the mother of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. Cooper memorialized his mother by doing her obituary. In part, he said, “What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. And what an incredible woman.” Do you know someone who did the obituary for their own mom or dad? How did they handle it?