Anderson Cooper Thanks Fans by Promising to Keep His Late Mom Gloria Vanderbilt’s Memory Alive Forever
Anderson Cooper took to social media to thank his fans for their support, promising to keep the memory of his late mom alive, and he got even more touching messages.
Losing a loved one is always hard, and Anderson Cooper is once again mourning the death of someone he loves — his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
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Thanks for all the kind birthday wishes! To make myself feel especially old, I dredged up some old photos. One is a photo booth picture that I used for my first press pass. Another is me videotaping at a wedding in Vietnam in 1991, when I was going to school there. The last photo is by #dianearbus, who stayed at our house taking pictures of me and my brother for a project she was working on (i know, i know, @bravoandy, very relatable.)
AN ETERNAL MEMORIAL
Cooper has gotten a lot of goodwill and support from his fans as he comes to terms with his new reality, and he took to Twitter to show his appreciation.
The CNN anchor thanked everyone for their lovely messages in the memory of his mom, writing alongside a tribute video, that he was lucky she lived for a long time.
Thank you for all the lovely messages about my mom. I was lucky to have her for so long. She was the coolest lady i ever met, funny, loving, so talented, and modern. She joins my father, and brother, and i will carry their memories with me forever.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) June 18, 2019
Cooper described the deceased as the “Coolest lady” he ever met, who was funny, talented, loving, and modern. The TV host added that Vanderbilt went to join his father and brother — Wyatt and Carter Cooper, writing at the end “I will carry their memories forever.”
Although the tweet was a thank you note, the CNN man got more support from his fans. Chris Cavanaugh replied that the tribute video was beautiful, adding that it moved him to tears.
Beautiful tribute to your Mom. I teared up when you talked about your Mom saying she loved you every time you left the hospital. How lucky, fortunate we are — the last thing my Mom said to me? I love you. I am so grateful. Take care.— Chris Cavanagh (@CCinNYC) June 19, 2019
He thanked Cooper for sharing it and asked him to take care. James Dominguez had the same reaction, and in the end, he wrote that he is praying for the TV host and his family.
Mr. Cooper I was listening to CNN yesterday when they aired your story on your mom. The last bit about a mothers love- brought tears to my eyes thinking of my mom and how much she loved her kids. So true. Many prayers for your mom, you and all your family— James Dominguez (@akajamo) June 18, 2019
AN UNCONVENTIONAL RELATIONSHIP
Vanderbilt passed away after battling stomach cancer for a while, and in the video, the CNN anchor chronicled her life and declared that the deceased lived and died on her terms.
Mother and son equally shared a close and unconventional relationship. Cooper once revealed that after the deceased had a significant health scare in 2015, they started writing each other emails to ensure nothing was left unsaid.
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#tbt Afghanistan, Helmand Province, 2009. Photo by #TimHetherington. Last time I saw Tim, i joked that i couldn’t show anyone this photograph because i look like a tool, and it is so well framed, people would think it was photoshopped. It wasn’t. We’d just gotten off that helicopter and he suddenly told me to stop. Then he snapped the picture. Tim was killed in Misrata, Libya, April 20, 2011. He was just 40. A great journalist and a wonderful human being.
They equally co-wrote a book called “The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss,” and featured in an HBO documentary “Everything Said.”
WHO WAS GLORIA VANDERBILT?
There was nothing about Vanderbilt's life that was unknown to her son, and as much as she lived in high society as a socialite, no one knew her like Cooper.
But beyond being the anchor’s mother and confidant, Gloria Vanderbilt was an heiress, a painter, model, actress, and a woman who got married for the first time at the age of 17.
The deceased went on to have three more marriages, and as much as her life had glamour and wealth, she also had pain. The mother-of-four lost her son, Carter, to suicide in ’88, and never fully recovered from the loss.
Apart from the late heiress famous son, she also left behind her sons from her second marriage — Stan and Christopher Stokowski. Cooper buried Vanderbilt in a private cemetery on Staten Island, New York, in between his father and brother, and her memory will live on through him.