We all know Anderson Cooper, the CNN personality who once had a daytime talk show and also hosted that long-forgotten reality series The Mole. And most of us also know Gloria Vanderbilt, the actress, artist and socialite who was one of the first gals to embrace designer blue jeans. But how many of us actually knew that Cooper is actually Vanderbilt’s son?
We’re willing to bet that’s about to change once Cooper’s new HBO documentary, which is all about his dear old mum, debuts. And that’s sheerly based on the fact that we got to see them interact together at a press conference this week, and they were the cutest thing ever. Mostly because it was just plain old fun to watch Cooper refer to Vanderbilt as “mom,” and to see the HBO execs scold him for interrupting her.
Nothing Left Unsaid traces Vanderbilt’s life via conversations with her son, all the way back to her highly publicized birth and a very public custody battle over her when she was just 10 years old, through her eventual career and love life. And as you can imagine, talking to your mom about her former lovers is just as awkward as you’d think. Particularly when you find memorabilia from those relationships in a storage box that could have been featured on the Hoarders set.
“I have been discovering stuff over the last 10 years,” he said. “One box I would open up, and it would be a box of letters, of amazing letters from Howard Hughes, who my mom dated when he was hot Howard Hughes. When he was, like, 35 and my mom was 17, before he was, like, Desert Inn Howard Hughes with the tissues.”
According to Cooper, part of that history was something he believes he always knew about his mom, but the reporter in him just really wanted to help remember the stories of some of the people his mother has encountered in her life. People like Errol Flynn.
“I remember, as a kid, watching movies with my mom and turning to her and saying, ‘Did you ever know Errol Flynn?’ And she’d be like, ‘Oh, yes.’ And that would be it. She wouldn’t say anything more. But I always knew there was a lot more there, and now I learned, you know, my mom and Errol Flynn, when my mom was 17.”
“I did date him once,” Vanderbilt added.
“Once,” Cooper mouthed in response, making air quotes before adding, “She’s had a much more interesting life than me.”
Well we’re looking forward to learning more about it.
Nothing Left Unsaid debuts later this year on HBO Canada.