Dressing Tables of the Rich and Fragrant: Gloria Vanderbilt

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In 1955, Gloria Vanderbilt was not only an internationally famous heiress, but also an aspiring actress. She was appearing in a very brief revival of William Saroyan’s play The Time of Your Life at the City Center theater on 55th Street — not quite Broadway, but still midtown Manhattan.

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My Back Pages: Gloria Vanderbilt’s Home in W Magazine, 1982

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In 1982 I knew just a few things about Gloria Vanderbilt. I knew that she designed a line of jeans that had been wildly popular at my grade school a year or two earlier. I knew that her name graced the lavender-colored packaging for Vanderbilt perfume, the fragrance I was wearing most often that year. I also knew, thanks to W magazine, that she  owned a large and eclectically decorated house in some place called Southampton, New York.

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