The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Gloria Vanderbilt is many things: an heiress, a painter, a muse, a designer, a model, a writer, an entrepreneur, an actor, a socialite, a survivor, an icon. She brought the Vanderbilt name out of the Gilded Age and into the Digital Age, reinventing herself over and over along the way. Hers is a story of charisma, glamour, and heartbreaking loss, told here by Wendy Goodman, who had intimate access to Vanderbilt for this book. The illustrations include portraits of Vanderbilt and her extraordinary homes, filled with original and influential decorating ideas, by such photographic legends as Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Inge Morath, Horst P. Horst, Francesco Scavullo, and Annie Leibovitz. Vanderbilt's son, Anderson Cooper, contributes a foreword.

Praise for The World of Gloria Vanderbilt:

"Perhaps the definitive-and certainly the most visually stunning-book to capture her incredible life."
-The Huffington Post

"Goodman's book is flush with gorgeous photos and insider dish."
-Good Housekeeping


"Wendy Goodman's 2010 biography, The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, is considered definitive."
--Lonny magazine


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The pictures are amazing and worthy of 5 stars. - Goodreads
The photography is outstanding! - Goodreads
The photographs were beautiful. - Goodreads
Book includes lots of photos and illustrations. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Deb - Goodreads

I've been interested in the Golden Age since my trip to Rhode Island last year. I enjoyed this book for the additional info on the Vanderbilt's and history from that era. The photographs were beautiful. Read full review

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User Review  - Rainey - Goodreads

It's easy to discount Vanderbilt as a vapid socialite from a noteworthy family, but in truth, she was ever so much more. She was a model, an artist, an author, and a mother. This photographic journey through her many years was unique and detailed. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Wendy Goodman is coauthor of Abrams' Tony Duquette. She is the design editor of New York magazine, a well as contributing editor for Departures magazine and German and French Architectural Digest. She lives in New York.

Anderson Cooper is the primary anchor on the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360, and author of the bestselling memoir Dispatches from the Edge. He is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper and lives in New York.

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