Anderson Cooper Remembers Late Mom Gloria Vanderbilt on What Would Have Been Her 97th Birthday

Anderson Cooper took to Instagram to remember his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Cooper paid tribute to his mom by posting a throwback of her and them together on his Insta Story.

Anderson Cooper shared beautiful snapshots of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, on his Insta Stories. The broadcast journalist also revealed that it would have been her 97th birthday today.

The 53-year-old praised his mother in the process and shared what kind of childhood he had. Along with the snaps, he posted a recent one next to her.

Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper attend the launch party for "The World Of Gloria Vanderbilt" at the Ralph Lauren Women's Boutique on November 4, 2010 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper attend the launch party for "The World Of Gloria Vanderbilt" at the Ralph Lauren Women's Boutique on November 4, 2010 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

The first two images of Vanderbilt showed a monochromatic theme in up-close shots. The first snap showed her posing sideways while looking into the camera with her dark hair tied back in a bun.

Vanderbilt appears to have taken the shots while half-naked as the first image showed a part of her breasts. On the photo, Cooper captioned: "Today is my mom's birthday."

The following picture showed Vanderbilt in a similar pose, this time on her right side. The image showed her face cropped out as she gave the same pose as before. Cooper once again wrote, "She would be 97 today."

A throwback photo of Gloria Vanderbilt | Source: Instagram/@andersoncooper

A throwback photo of Gloria Vanderbilt | Source: Instagram/@andersoncooper

In the third photo, he described his mom as "Super cool." The image showed him alongside Vanderbilt as he posed sitting on top of a beige couch, and she sat on a chair while in her art studio.

Vanderbilt posed while gazing at him while both of them wore coordinated outfits. They both went for sneakers with their blue and black attires. 

“I lived an extraordinary life,” he captioned the last photo standing beside his mom in a throwback snap. Cooper also noted that they were posing inside her studio at the time.

Gloria Vanderbilt | Source: Instagram/@andersoncooper

Gloria Vanderbilt | Source: Instagram/@andersoncooper

Last year in June, Cooper paid another homage to his mom on the first anniversary of her death. He posted another throwback snapshot of her while in her art studio.

At the time, Cooper wrote that she is alive in his heart. And further explained the type of life that she had and how she conquered the storms in her life:

“She experienced great love and horrific tragedies, but she never lost her almost childlike optimism. She chose to remain vulnerable.”

Anderson Cooper poses with mom Gloria Vanderbilt | Source: Instagram/@andersoncooper

Anderson Cooper poses with mom Gloria Vanderbilt | Source: Instagram/@andersoncooper

Vanderbilt died on June 17, 2019, from stomach cancer, in New York. The actress, fashion icon, and artist was 95 years old when she passed on. 

In August 2020, Cooper remembered her once again after becoming a dad to his only child Wyatt. Cooper welcomed his son via surrogate on April 27 that very same year.

According to USA Today, Cooper reportedly revealed that his son motivates him daily. "My whole motivation in the morning is to be there when my son wakes up because it is the greatest moment of my day," he said.

A throwback picture of Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper| Source: Instagram/@andersoncooper

A throwback picture of Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper| Source: Instagram/@andersoncooper

Before welcoming his now-nine-month-old son to the world, he was able to tell his mom about him. According to People, Vanderbilt helped his son make a significant decision in his life: to become a dad.

The CNN anchor reportedly revealed that he told his mom two weeks before she died that he wanted to be a dad, and she was thrilled to hear it. At the time, she did not hesitate to say that it would be a boy.

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