Anderson Cooper Remembers Late Mother Gloria Vanderbilt on the 1-Year Anniversary of Her Death
Last year, Cooper confirmed Vanderbilt's death on CNN.
“Earlier this month, we had to take her to the hospital. That’s where we learned she had very advanced cancer in her stomach and that it had spread," he said in a CNN obituary. "When the doctor told her she had cancer, she was silent for a while, and then she said, ‘Well, it’s like that old song: Show me the way to get out of this world, because that’s where everything is.’”
CNN reported that she died in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side.
“Love is what she believed in more than anything,” Cooper said. He continued, “Gloria Vanderbilt died as she lived: on her own terms.”
Throughout her life, Vanderbilt made a name for herself as an actress, fashion designer, artist and author.
In 1963, Vanderbilt said ‘I do’ for the fourth time, marrying author and screenwriter Wyatt Emory Cooper; she later gave birth to sons Carter (in 1965) and Anderson (in 1967). Cooper was 10 when his father died during open-heart surgery at 50; his older brother died by suicide in 1988 at 23.
Speaking with PEOPLE earlier this month, Cooper opened up about how his mother helped him make the most important decision in his life: to become a dad.
Cooper recalled what it was like telling Vanderbilt he wanted to have a baby.
"She was thrilled," said the new dad. "I told her maybe two weeks before she died. When she started to get ill, it was very quick. [Son Wyatt Morgan, 6 weeks] was just an idea in my head and a desire — but I thought, 'This is the time to tell her.' "
He continued, "We had this incredible last few weeks of her life where we spent every day together, just talking and watching TV, listening to music, laughing and telling stories. She said instantly, 'Of course it's going to be a boy.' "
"I didn't say that I would name him after my dad, but she knew that's what it would be — and she knew that if it was a girl, she would be named after her," Cooper said.
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