Gloria Vanderbilt was only seventeen in 1941 when she met business tycoon, aviator and filmmaker Howard Hughes at the Beverly Hills villa where she was spending the summer with her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.
The older Gloria, a Swiss-born American socialite, was expecting the much sought-after Hughes when little Gloria swept by her on the staircase and was on her way out to meet a man she was seeing.
Just as she touched the doorknob, the front bell rang. ‘I opened the door, and there, standing before me, was a very tall, very thin, very very sensitive-looking man who made me weak in the knees’, Gloria recalled in a conversation with her son, Anderson Cooper in their new book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes, Harper.
Gloria only learned the next morning that Hughes had arranged to meet with her mother to discuss a screen test for her daughter - not to ask the older Gloria out. ‘Of course, I told him it was out of the question’, her mother stated. Continue ...
Gloria Vanderbilt was only seventeen in the summer of 1941 when she met business tycoon, aviator and filmmaker Howard Hughes at the Beverly Hills villa where she was spending the summer with her mother