The Life of Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper

Gloria Laura Vandervilt, heiress, artist, designer, and the mother of CNN news ancor Anderson Cooper, died yesterday. I didn’t know much about her so I read some articles on her and Cooper’s lives. I’m impressed with her and Cooper so I’m keeping a tab on the articles here.

Tragedy happens and people say, ‘Why me?’ I say, ‘Why should I be exempt?’ Tragedy connects everyone in the world.
— Gloria Vanderbilt
The most terrible word in the English language, ‘closure.’
— Gloria Vanderbilt
I remember the first Christmas we were together after it happened – cause he died July 22 – and we went to the movies. And then we went to the automat, and from then on we’ve never done anything about Christmas.
— Gloria Vanderbilt
I started going overseas and going to places where life and death was very real and where people were suffering tremendous losses. Hearing their stories and hearing people talk about it sort of helped me to get to a place where I could talk about it, I think.
— Anderson Cooper
Loss changes you... The world suddenly seems a much different place. More dangerous. The person I was before my father’s death, the person I was meant to be was far more open, more interesting than the person I’ve become. I wish it wasn’t so, but the self-reliance I learned has also served me well.
— Anderson Cooper, admitting that losing a parent at a young age darkened his outlook on life.