Gloria Vanderbilt


Born 1924, New York, NY

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Gloria Vanderbilt is a modern “Renaissance woman”. She has been successful in her endeavors in all of the arts: visual, performing, and literary. An artist, actress, and writer, she has won awards in all three fields. Born in New York City, Gloria Vanderbilt spent most of her childhood in Europe, before returning to the United States to attend Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, and the Mary C. Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island. She pursued her art education at the Art Students League and the Neighborhood Playhouse, both in New York City. She had her first one-person exhibition of paintings at the Bertha Schaafer Gallery in 1952. Her collages of drawing, painting, fabric and decoupage were shown at the Hammer Gallery in 1969. So popular and inspirational were they that Johnny Carson turned his Tonight show over to the exhibition. Memory, one of her collages, was issued as a stamp by the United Nations to commemorate the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Vanderbilt has received numerous awards, including an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and the International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida. As well, she has been the recipient of the National Society of Arts & Letters Gold Medal of Merit and the Anti-Defamation League Woman of Achievement Award.

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Gloria Vanderbilt

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