Over the years, Vanderbilt’s fascinating, privileged and often challenging life, including the loss of her son Carter at the age of 23, was widely chronicled. She was the great-great-granddaughter of railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt and the custody battle between her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and her mother was called the trial of the century. Vanderbilt found success in the 1970s with a pioneering line of designer denim, and she was also known as a poet, model, and actress. She had an vibrant sense of personal style and lived in a series of much-photographed apartments and houses. Here we remember Vanderbilt with candid photos of her at home with family over the years.
Vanderbilt posing for Vogue in 1975 in the apartment she shared with her husband, Wyatt Cooper, and her two sons. She designed the floral pillows on the sofa.
Vanderbilt pictured in March 1976 carrying a painting in the studio at her home in the UN Towers in New York.
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Vanderbilt in the bedroom of her New York City apartment. She stands in front of her bed, which features a Spanish shawl and antique laces.
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