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American photographer Richard Avedon (left, lighting a cigarette), American heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt, and American film director Sidney Lumet, sit at a table covered with glasses and bottles during a party for the premiere of the movie 'East of Eden' directed by Elia Kazan, 1955. (Photo by Getty Images)

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Gloria Vanderbilt, style icon and mother of Anderson Cooper, dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, socialite, fashion icon and mother of CNN's Anderson Cooper, has died, the journalist confirmed on the network on Monday. She was 95. Vanderbilt had cancer, her son confirmed, explaining in a CNN obituary, "Earlier this month, we had to take her to the hospital.