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Life Magazine has called Gloria Vanderbilt "a feminine version of me Renaissance Man." She had her first one-woman exhibition of paintings in New York in 1952. In the succeeding years she has had one-woman shows of her paintings throughout the United States including the Hammer Galleries in New York. Retrospectives of her paintings, and collages have been exhibited at the Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, California; the Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania, and the Tennessee Museum of Fine Arts in Nashville, Tennessee. The Margo Feiden Gallery in Manhattan represents Gloria Vanderbilt lithographs, collages and paintings.

As an actress, Vanderbilt appeared in many television plays in the 1950's- the Golden Age of Television. Some of the programmes are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Broadcasting. In 1969 she received the Neiman-Marcus Fashion Award and was elected to the Fashion Hall of Fame In the 1970's Hall mark introduced her artwork to the commercial field by producing the Gloria Vanderbilt Collection of paper products created from her paintings and collages which led to her designing in the apparel and home furnishings industries. Miss Vanderbilt is the recipient of the Gold Medal of Merit from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Talbot Perkins Children's Services Mother of the Year Award. In 1979, she was awarded Brandeis University's National Women's Committee "Major Book Collection" Honorarium. She holds Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and the International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida.

In 1979 she was the recipient of the Silver Spirit Award from the City of Hope in California. She received the Anti-Defamation League's Woman of Achievement Award in 1981, the National Arts Club Citation of Merit in 1982, and the Northwood Institutes Distinguished Women of Achievement Award in 1985. me National League of American Pen Women, Inc., presented Vanderbilt with the National Honorary Membership for excellence in the Arts and distinguished service to me League during their 33rd Biennial Convention in 1986. In 1987, Miss Vanderbilt was honoured in Dallas by receiving the Flora Award for her diverse and multi-faceted creativity and for her contribution to art, fashion, literature and business.

Her Love Poems were published by World in 1953 and the first volume of her autobiography ONCE UPON A TIME - A TRUE STORY was published by Alfred Knopf in 1985. me second volume BLACK KNIGHT, WHITE KNIGHT was published also by Knopf in April of 1987. Miss Vanderbilt has been a contributor to the New York Times, Saturday Review of Literature, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Woman's Day and Vanity Fair and is currently working on a novel. It is indeed remarkable that a woman with such diverse achievements has said that to be a successful parent is the most meaningful thing in her life and her most important achievement. Vanderbilt is the mother of four sons.