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People we lost in 2019

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 67: FILE - In this Jan. 4, 1964 file photo, railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt poses for a photograph. Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and '80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday, June 17, 2019,  at the age of 95.  (AP Photo, File)

Gloria Vanderbilt (Feb. 20, 1924 – June 17, 2019)

Born into great wealth, the heiress's father died when she was two and she became the subject of a custody battle between her mother and her aunt that went to the U.S. Supreme Court (her aunt won). The public was fascinated with the story of the "poor little rich girl" during the Great Depression. Vanderbilt became a popular model, and she was a prolific painter, but she was best known for being a designer jeans pioneer in the 1970s and '80s. She married four times; her fourth husband, Wyatt Cooper, died in 1978, leaving her with two young sons. The older son, Carter Cooper, died by suicide in 1988, a death that Vanderbilt called "the final loss, the fatal loss that stripped me bare,” and said she did not think she could survive it. Her younger son is CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.

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