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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User Review  - hobbitprincess - LibraryThing

I just found out that Anderson Cooper is Gloria Vanderbilt's son, and after watching him interview her, I realized I knew nothing about her. So, in true Beth fashion, I got a book about her. This is ... Read full review

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User Review  - SigmundFraud - LibraryThing

an exciting visual event. Gloria was photographed by every great photographer of the twentieth century and many of them are fantastic. Hers is both a sad story and a happy story. It is well presented in this book. I highly recommend it. 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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