The former model, painter, designer and writer was remembered on social media as an "incredible" woman.
But the official statement alone wasn't the whole story here - and it certainly doesn't tell the tale of Vanderbilt's awesome and memorable life in the public eye. As a result of the photo, Griffin, who had hosted CNN's New Year's Eve broadcast alongside Cooper for ten years, was also fired by CNN.
Although her life was played out on a public stage from the outset, her fame spiked in the late 1970s when she teamed with apparel-maker and entrepreneur Mohan Murjani to pioneer designer jeans for women that carried her signature on the rear pockets.
Her great-great-grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt was an early railroad and shipping tycoon who left an estate valued at $100 million, but by the time Gloria Vanderbilt was born much of the family's fortune had been lost, CNBC reported.
As a teenager, she tried to avoid the spotlight, but reporters and cameramen would follow her everywhere. She was determined to make something of her life. Shelves of perfume and household goods baring her name, while her blue jeans bolstered her into the fashion history books, as one of the first designers to push the garment.
"When the end came, she was not alone".
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"I'm not knocking inherited money", she told The New York Times in 1985, "but the money I've made has a reality to me that inherited money doesn't have". She was the strongest person I've ever met but she wasn't ever tough, she never developed a thick skin to protect herself from hurt. She wanted to live with Whitney, and that was how the case was decided. She wanted to feel life's pleasures, its pains as well. Love is what she believed in more than anything. Vanderbilt posted on Instagram on her 95th birthday earlier this year.
Vanderbilt's aunt ended up cutting her out of her will when the then-17-year-old married Pasquale di Cicco. I didn't know what it meant. I recorded it, and it makes me giggle every time I watch it.
"My mum knew that something bad had come out in the court, but she didn't know what it was and she didn't know what being a lesbian meant at the time".
Vanderbilt also made headlines in 1980 when she filed, but later dropped, a discrimination complaint against the posh River House apartments, which had rejected her bid to buy a $US1.1 million duplex. "But she was ready - she was ready to go". Her website showed a portrait of her friend, author Joyce Carol Oates, for US$18,000.
"I knew him for a week and married three weeks later", she once told Cooper during an interview. I did know that.
The beneficiary of a $US5 million trust fund, Vanderbilt became the "poor little rich girl" in 1934 at age 10 when a bitter custody battle between her globe-trotting and neglectful mother and matriarchal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, broke out. He passed away in 1925 when Gloria was 1 year old and left her with a trust fund worth $2.5 million which is equal to approximately $35 million in today's dollars.