This New York socialite is known for her legacy in fashion designing, acting, and writing. Aside from her career, Gloria Vanderbilt was also popular for her very busy love life which featured multiple lovers and spouses. In many ways, she was a remarkable woman and there is plenty to say about her. Nonetheless, let’s focus on her marriages as well as the identity of her children.
Meet The Spouses of Gloria Vanderbilt
Like a plot out of Mamma Mia, Gloria Vanderbilt got married four different times. Her spouses were Pat DiCicco, Leopold Stokowski, Sidney Lumet, and Wyatt Emory Cooper.
Aside from her marriages, Gloria Vanderbilt was involved in several other relationships with notable personalities like Marlon Brandon, Howard Hughes, Roald Dahl, and Gordon Parks.
1. Pat DiCicco
Gloria Vanderbilt’s first marriage was to Pat DiCicco, a Hollywood agent and movie producer. She got married to him at the age of 17, in December 1941 at the Santa Barbara Mission, California. It was a glamorous ceremony that was graced by many celebrities including Bruce Cabot who was their best man and Carol Marcus who was among their bridesmaids.
While they were together, Gloria Vanderbilt’s spouse allegedly abused her on multiple occasions. She was his second wife and despite four years together, Gloria and Pat never had any child. She divorced him in April 1945 in Reno, Nevada, adducing “extreme cruelty” as the reason for the marriage annulment.
2. Leopold Stokowski
Just weeks after she divorced Pat DiCicco, Gloria Vanderbilt married her second spouse Leopold Stokowski. They became man and wife on 21st April 1945 in Mexicalis situated in Mexico. Age was truly only a number for them as Vanderbilt was 20 years old while Leopold was 62 at the time of the wedding. She was the third wife of the music conductor who had been married to two women – Olga Samaroff and Evangeline Johnson.
The two were together for about a decade, from April 1945 to October 1955. During their time together as a couple, they gave birth to two sons – Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski.
3. Sidney Lumet
About a year after her divorce from Leopold, Gloria Vanderbilt returned to the altar with her third husband, Sidney Lumet. They exchanged marital vows on the 28th of August 1956 in New York; she wore an 1830 French linen beige gown.
Gloria Vanderbilt’s third spouse was a film director who is known for films like Network, 12 Angry Men, and The Verdict. He was nominated for the Academy Award five times, and 14 of his films also got award nods.
Like her previous marriages, Gloria was the second wife of Sydney. The union lasted seven years before hitting the rocks in August 1963. She had no children with the renowned director, notwithstanding, they remained life-long pals afterward.
4. Wyatt Emory Cooper
Gloria Vanderbilt’s fourth spouse was Wyatt Emory Cooper. She was the first and only wife of the author. After many trials, she found the love of her life and he was a writer and magazine editor.
They got married on Christmas Eve in 1963 and were together until he died in 1978. He died from complications during open-heart surgery.
Gloria gave birth to her last two children while she was married to him.
Who Are Gloria Vanderbilt’s Children
1. Anderson Cooper
Gloria Vanderbilt’s most famous child is the CNN news anchor, Anderson Cooper. He was born on the 3rd of June 1967. In addition to being a journalist, Anderson is also a talk show host, an author, and a TV personality. On CNN, he is renowned for anchoring the news show, Anderson Cooper 360.
He also hosts a conversational stage show with Andy Cohen. The show has toured in more than 50 states since it began.
Anderson Cooper’s Personal Life
The renowned gay TV personality is unmarried despite being romantically connected to many boyfriends over the years. In a statement released to the Daily Mail in late 2018, he disclosed that he had split with his long-term partner Benjamin Maisani in March 2018. Despite their separation, they have remained the best of friends to date. He also revealed that they still love each other and will continue to be part of each other’s lives.
Before his relationship with Benjamin, Anderson was with Cesar Recio from 2004 to 2009. And after his breakup with his long-term partner, he began another romantic relationship with Victor Lopez which lasted about a year before they called it quits.
2. Carter Vanderbilt Cooper
Carter Vanderbilt Cooper is Anderson’s biological brother. He was born on the 27th of January 1965. Not much is known about him because he died at the age of 23 after jumping off the family’s 14th-floor apartment. It is unknown if he died by suicide or was the victim of a medication that led to a psychotic episode.
3. Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski
Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski is the first of Gloria Vanderbilt’s children. He was born on the 22nd of August 1950. Unlike Anderson Cooper and his mother, Leopold prefers avoiding the spotlight, although he maintained a stable relationship with his mother while she was alive. He is the owner of several landscaping businesses across New York and New England.
Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski’s Personal Life
Leopold first married Ivy Strick on 18th June 1981 in Saugerties, New York. Ivy is a short-story writer and novelist who graduated from the Fieldston School in Riverdale, the Bronx, and New York University. She is the daughter of Louis Strick of Westpoint, the owner of the Taplinger Publishing Company, New York, and Racelle Strick who worked as a paralegal.
Gloria Vanderbilt’s son and his spouse welcomed their first daughter Aurora Stokowski in March 1983 and their second daughter Abra in February 1985. There is no information on how they got separated. However, Leopold later got married again and this time to Emily Goldstein. The union has produced a son named Myles Stokowski, he was born in 1998.
4. Christopher Stokowski
Gloria Vanderbilt’s second son Christopher was born on the 31st of January 1952. Like Leopold, Christopher is a businessman who evades the media spotlight, albeit for a different reason. According to Town and Country Magazine, Christopher had a significant fallout with the family in 1978 which led to his estrangement.
Gloria Vanderbilt’s Grandchildren
Gloria Vanderbilt’s first grandchild is Aurora Stokowski. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture from Smith College. After getting acquainted with Anthony Mazzei in September 2009 at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, they sealed their love with a nuptial bond on 26th May 2012 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Robert J. Bubel. The union is blessed with two children.
There is no information regarding Aurora’s two siblings as they are leading a private lifestyle.