The 91-year-old great-great-great-granddaughter of shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt was dubbed America’s “poor little rich girl” and maybe is best known as the subject of a sensational custody battle, the woman who witnessed one of her sons commit suicide – and those jeans.
And yet, Cooper said, while interviewing his mother for the docu , he was struck by the fact that that she is “far more joyous than me.” “She’s like Henry VIII and I’m like Cromwell.
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The film opens with footage Cooper shot of his mom on a beach in 1990, two years after his brother Carter took his own life.
Garbus discovered the footage among many boxes of material Cooper unearthed in a storage unit Vanderbilt has had for his entire life.
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She was born into this family that on paper was one of the richest in America, living in palaces …
enormous mansions they called ‘cottages.’ That kind of world doesn’t exist, and many of the people my mom has encountered along the way – they’re no longer alive in many cases, and their stories are no longer remembered.” The docu, Cooper promised, “shines a light on stories not being told” anymore.
Anderson Cooper is currently dating Benjamin Maisani.
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