Vanderbilt was born in New York City on February 20, 1924 to one of the wealthiest families in America.
Her father was railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, the great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt who built the New York Central Railroad, who died when she was 18 months old. Her mother was his second wife, 19-year-old Gloria Morgan.
The heiress, socialite, fashion icon and mother of CNN’s Anderson Cooper died at age 95 on Monday in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side. Here's a look back at her nine decades in the spotlight