The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson CooperA touching and intimate correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, offering timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their lives.
Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a year-long conversation unlike any they had ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.
Both a son’s love letter to his mother and an unconventional mom’s life lessons for her grown son, The Rainbow Comes and Goes offers a rare window into their close relationship and fascinating life stories, including their tragedies and triumphs. In these often humorous and moving exchanges, they share their most private thoughts and the hard-earned truths they’ve learned along the way. In their words their distinctive personalities shine through—Anderson’s journalistic outlook on the world is a sharp contrast to his mother’s idealism and unwavering optimism.
An appealing memoir with inspirational advice, The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautiful and affectionate celebration of the universal bond between a parent and a child, and a thoughtful reflection on life, reminding us of the precious insight that remains to be shared, no matter our age.
Inside Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt's Unconventional Mother-Son Relationship
Gloria Laura Vanderbilt February 20, — June 17, was an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress , and socialite. During the s, she was the subject of a high-profile child custody trial in which her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt , and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney , each sought custody of her and control over her trust fund. Called the " trial of the century " by the press, the court proceedings were the subject of wide and sensational press coverage due to the wealth and prominence of the involved parties, and the scandalous evidence presented to support Whitney's claim that Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt was an unfit parent. As an adult in the s, Vanderbilt launched a line of fashions, perfumes, and household goods bearing her name. She was particularly noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. Vanderbilt was born on February 20, , in Manhattan, New York City , the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt —   and his second wife, Gloria Morgan — See the corners of her eyes, how they turn up?
Anderson Cooper is set to receive most of what his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, left behind, her newly filed will shows. Page Six reports that Vanderbilt's will, which was filed on Monday in Manhattan surrogate court, leaves her lavish Midtown apartment to her oldest son, Leopold "Stan" Stokowski, and "all the rest" of her property will go to Cooper. Her estranged middle son, Chris Stokowski, who cut himself off from the family 40 years ago, will reportedly get nothing. Vanderbilt died on June 17 at the age of 95 after being diagnosed with an advanced form of stomach cancer, Cooper initially reported himself on CNN. There's none of that. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd.
CNN received some breaking news in the 10 a. She was Vanderbilt and Cooper appeared on multiple TV news programs together in recent years. Cooper had been collecting material about his mother since , the year after his brother, Carter, committed suicide. She had no idea the trouble that money would create. I always thought of her as a visitor from another world. I always felt it was my job to try to protect her.
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As a news anchor, it's Anderson Cooper 's job to regularly inform his viewers of a celebrity's passing. But his eulogy for Gloria Vanderbilt , who recently died at the age of 95, was never going to be standard-issue. Cooper delivered a moving on-air speech about the inimitable icon—an heiress, a writer, an artist, a socialite, a multi-hyphenate before that was a thing—who also happens to be Cooper's mother. His words were intercut with documentary footage, which ranged from 20th-century newsreels to Cooper's own recent interview with Vanderbilt. Cooper even shared some of his own video—a clip of his mother giggling in a hospital bed, not long after she'd learned of her cancer diagnosis. Here, all of Cooper's own words—for the full experience, complete with archival footage, watch the CNN clip embedded below. Gloria Vanderbilt lived her entire life in the public eye.
Anderson Cooper is mourning the loss of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. CNN shared the news of the artist and heiress' death on Monday, with Cooper himself narrating a video about her extraordinary life. Vanderbilt died on Monday morning after a battle with stomach cancer. She was 95 years old. Vanderbilt is survived by three sons, year-old Cooper being the youngest. The late fashion icon and designer was married four times and divorced three times. She married her first husband when she was 17 -- Pat DiCicco, an agent for actors -- in , but they divorced after four years of marriage.
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