Skip to main site content.
Photographer Richard Avedon, Gloria Vanderbilt, and director Sidney Lumet at a party for the premiere of the movie "East of Eden," 1955. (Photo by Getty Images)

"A distant star'

Anderson Cooper posts touching Instagram tribute to mom Gloria Vanderbilt

By WITW Staff on June 19, 2019

Anderson Cooper has posted a poignant tribute to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, on Instagram, sharing photos of the iconic fashion designer and artist from throughout her life, saying, “In the end, after all else is stripped away, there is only love. My mom believed in love more than anyone. It was her guide, her solace, it’s what drove her, and in her final moments, it is what surrounded her.”

Vanderbilt died on Monday following a battle with stomach cancer, Cooper announced in a touching video obituary on CNN.

“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.”

The relationship between mother and son was memorialized in a 2016 HBO documentary, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper. The pair also published a memoir that year, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss.

“I always thought of her as a visitor from another world,” Cooper said, “a traveler stranded here who’d come from a distant star that burned out long ago.”

Watch Cooper’s full video tribute on CNN.


Gloria Vanderbilt interviewed by her son, Anderson Cooper, in new HBO documentary

More fashion designers are focusing on Muslim women now

Prada names Ava DuVernay to lead fashion giant’s newly created diversity council