Socialite and fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt, mother of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, died on Monday at age 95.
According to the CNN report, she died in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side.
“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” Cooper said in a statement. “She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you: She was the youngest person they knew — the coolest and most modern.”
Vanderbilt was diagnosed with an advanced form of stomach cancer earlier this month, Cooper said.
Of her life, Cooper said, “I always thought of her as a visitor from another world, a traveler stranded here who’d come from a distant star that burned out long ago. I always felt it was my job to try to protect her.”
Apparently in the mood to re-litigate their separation, comedienne Kathy Griffin spoke to the Daily Beast about her problems with her former attorney, Lisa Bloom, and in that piece, she dished on her former friend and co-host, Anderson Cooper.
She and Cooper have long co-hosted the network’s New Year’s Eve special, but after she did a now infamous photoshoot with a severed head of President Trump, CNN promptly severed ties with her. Months later, CNN replaced her with another star whom Cooper is friends with, Andy Cohen.
In the Daily Beast piece, Griffin goes after Cooper for having tweeted, “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
Of his tweet, Griffin labels him “The Spineless Heiress,” because he is a scion of the wealthy Vanderbilt family.
CNN Films will re-air the HBO documentary, Nothing Left Unsaid, based on the life of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s mother, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, on Friday night in primetime.
A quick synopsis for the film notes, “Journalist Anderson Cooper examines the life and legacy of his mother, fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt.”
NewsDay gave the film a B+ rating.