Fashion Icon, Jeans Queen, artist & socialite 'Gloria Vanderbilt' dies at 95 in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side. Gloria was an extraordinary woman who loved life and lived it on her own terms. She was a painter, a writer, a designer and a mother, wife and friend. She was 95 yet the youngest, coolest and most modern. She was diagnosed with an advanced form of stomach cancer earlier this month.