Chris Stokowski is one of four sons born to Gloria Vanderbilt -the legendary heiress and fashion icon passed away last month at the age of 95.
Chris’ famed mother lived most of her life in the public eye; she had a life nothing short of amazing however, filled with ups and downs. Since she was a child she endured bitter custody battles, then she made healines following tabloid-crowning marriages. She endured abusive relationships and had many lovers and wrote books about it all while launching fashions lines, perfumes, and household goods bearing her name.
During her life time Gloria was married four times and had four sons. She is survived by three of her sons and preceeded in death by son Carter, who was the eldest of Vanderbilt’s two sons with Wyatt Emory Cooper, her fourth and last husband.
Carter died by suicide after jumping from the terrace of Vanderbilt’s 14th story apartment in 1988 -he was 23.
From her marriage to Cooper she is also the mother of Anderson Cooper -her youngest son and also the best known as a famous journalist working for CNN.
Gloria gave birth to son Chris on January 31, 1952 -he is the the younger of Vanderbilt’s two sons with second husband Leopold Stokowski. Chris’s older brother is Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski -born in 1950.
Stan has chosen to avoid the spotlight, though he occasionally appeared with his mother at public events. He is said to be the owner of several landscaping businesses. He is married to Emily Goldstein, and is the father of two daughters, Abra and Aurora.
Not much is known about middle son, Chris who was reportedly estranged from his mother and the family and had not spoken to her for 40 years. Following his mother’s passing has raised many questions about the lesser known Chris Stokowski.
The story goes that Stokowski cut off all contact with his famous family in 1978, claiming that his mother’s therapist was trying to “meddle” in his love life. He was 26 years old at the time. He is said to have become a recluse, reportedly as the result of an incident regarding Vanderbilt’s therapist Christ Zois which affected Christopher’s relationship with his fiancée April Sandmeyer.
However, following the released of the 2016 documentary about Vanderbilt’s life titled Nothing Left Unsaid -reports surfaced that Christopher and Vanderbilt had met several times in the wake of the film’s release. Even Anderson Cooper told Page Six in 2016 that he “did reconnect and reconcile” with his long-lost half brother after releasing a film.
Now that her will is being disclosed she is said to have left absolutely nothing to Chris Stokowski.
Gloria was also married to Pasquale Dicicco and to Sidney Lumet.