Andy Cohen Reveals a Moving Story about Anderson Cooper & His Late Mom Gloria Vanderbilt
The late-night show host recalled the beautiful relationship Cooper and Vanderbilt had, as he witnessed it during an appearance of the mother and son on “Watch What Happens Live.”
51-year-old Andy Cohen took a moment during the celebration of his Bravo talk show’s 10th anniversary to share a touching memory he has of his close friend 52-year-old news broadcaster Anderson Cooper and his late mother.
Cohen recalled how the CNN’s anchor’s mother, fashion influencer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, who passed away from cancer on June 17, aged 95, showed how much he cared about her.
“When the doctor told her she had cancer, she was silent for a while, and then she said, ‘Well, it’s like that old song: Show me the way to get out of this world, because that’s where everything is.’"
“I think how sweet — every time I saw her with Anderson, he always held her hand, which really touched me,” Cohen told People on June 20 at the red carpet of the “Watch What Happens Live” anniversary event in New York City.
“When they were on my show, he held her hand for almost the whole show. And I remember being very moved by that,” the TV host continued.
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In her final week my mom liked me to play a video of Peggy Lee on YouTube singing, “Is That All Their Is?” We’d hold hands and sing the chorus, pretending we were dancing. “Is that all there is, is that all there is If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing Let's break out the booze and have a ball If that's all there is.” My mom would giggle while singing, “it’s so Marvelous...” she’d say, with a sound of delight, and mischief, knowing that she was on the cusp of discovering if that really is all there is.
“And I got a chance to see her last week with him, and there he was holding her hand, and it just fills my heart up to think about,” he added.
It was Vanderbilt’s son Cooper himself who made the official announcement on CNN about his famous mother’s death one month after her cancer diagnosis.
“I knew it from the moment I was born, and I’ll know it for the rest of my life. And in the end, what greater gift can a mother give to her son?” @andersoncooper on the love that his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, had for him.— CNN (@CNN) June 18, 2019
She died this morning at age 95. https://t.co/pX9xNLMFNu pic.twitter.com/bGrJqaTNQ6
After revealing that her stomach cancer had developed to an advanced stage against which doctors were helpless and that had spread, Cooper shared how calm and courageous she was when she learned that she had little time left.
“When the doctor told her she had cancer, she was silent for a while, and then she said, ‘Well, it’s like that old song: Show me the way to get out of this world, because that’s where everything is,’ ” he said.
"She lived nine more days. Being able to spend those nine days and nights with her was a great, great blessing. They were the most extraordinary days of my life and I'm very grateful," Cooper added.