CNN host Anderson Cooper aired an emotional tribute to late mom Gloria Vanderbilt on Monday that included him struggling to compose himself as he described kissing her goodbye while she lay dying.
Narrating a photo montage of her life, Cooper included snippets of interviews he did with his famous socialite-designer mother, who touched on everything from the famous custody battle she went through as a child to some of her four husbands.
“She had no idea the trouble money would make,” Cooper said of the 95-year-old Vanderbilt, who died of stomach cancer Monday.
Cooper — who in 2014 said he wouldn’t be inheriting any of his mother’s fortune — said his mom learned she had terminal cancer only earlier this month after hospital tests.
He included video of her in her hospital bed with tubes in her nose giggling while telling a joke — and said he only realized then that they shared the same laugh. He said he continues to re-watch the moment and smiles every time he witnesses it.
Cooper said that while his mother would have liked more time with her family, “She was ready.
“The last few weeks, every time I kissed her goodbye, I’d say, ‘I love you, Mom.’ She would look at me and say, ‘I love you, too. You know that,’ ” Cooper said, struggling to keep his composure.
“And she was right,” her famous son added.
“I did know that. I knew it from the moment I was born, and I’ll know it for the rest of my life.
“And in the end, what greater gift can a mother give to her son.
“What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. And what an incredible woman.”
From Page Six