Monday, June 29, 2009

The Life and Stylings of Anderson

Many of you probably saw the clip of Anderson speaking about seeing Michael Jackson at Studio 54 when he was 10. I didn't get the full story but if any of you did, please pass it along. Thinking about Anderson's comment brought to mind his very unique childhood. Can you imagine having dinner with the likes of Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, or Charlie Chaplin? Imagine being included in gatherings with the kings and queens of stage and screen or spending a day in the company of a renowned artist or fashion designer. I wonder if at times the memories seem surreal even to Anderson. During Friday's program, I also noticed that Anderson was very concerned about Michael's children and their being allowed to stay with their nanny. If you have heard Anderson talk about his relationship with his nanny, I think you understand his concern. In the end, the news this week reminded me how different life is when someone in your family is famous. Sometimes I think these folks and their families pay an unbelievable price for fortune and fame. In June, 2006 Anderson was interviewed by Andrea Sachs for Time magazine. I think a statement he made to her is appropriate. Anderson said,

"I didn't really know my mom was famous until I was probably about 12. That's when she was doing fashion stuff and her name became much more talked about. I'd met famous people as a kid, like Charlie Chaplin when he returned from exile, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol. What was cool about my parents was, my brother and I were expected to sit at the adult table. There was never a kids' table. To me, the greatest privilege of the way I grew up was realizing at a very young age that these people are just as unhappy as everyone else. Once you realize that, it frees you up from believing that fame or riches are going to bring you happiness. I think it takes a lot of people a long time to figure that one out."

In addition to his heritage and unique upbringing, Anderson is recognized for his sense of style. He was among the top ten men on Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list, which was published in the April 2004 and he appeared again on the international best-dressed list in the magazine's September 2006 issue. Our puzzle tonight is a tribute to Anderson's affinity for the camera and his ability to project "cool". Enjoy a classic look at Anderson in front of the camera.

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I don't disagree that Anderson has style but I do find it a bit ironic that he is so often recognized for it. If you follow his program and public appearances, you quickly realize Anderson is a creature of habit, and then there are those white sock episodes...just sayin! We are all familiar with some of his favorite "looks". Having covered haircuts and ties, I thought it would be interesting to see which overall Anderson style you prefer.



















THANKS TO PEBSCHUA....

I now have Anderson's blog about Studio 54. For anyone else who may have missed it:

AC360 Blog- June 25th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

I only met him once, when i was ten. It was the opening for the Wiz and i ended up driving in a car with him to studio 54. I didnt really know who he was at the time. My mom was friends with the director. Girls were chasing the car, screaming “Michael!!” I will never forget watching him dance at studio 54. It was 1978, so he must have been 19 or 20. He was extraordinary to watch up close.

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13 comments:

pebschua said...

I really enjoy your posts and quizzes, they are very interesting. Regarding AC being in Studio 54: he posted it on the Live Blog after mentioning it on air - since many have been asking about it:

June 25th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

i only met him once, when i was ten. It was the opening for the Wiz and i ended up driving in a car with him to studio 54. I didnt really know who he was at the time. My mom was friends with the director. Girls were chasing the car, screaming “Michael!!” I will never forget watching him dance at studio 54. It was 1978, so he must have been 19 or 20. He was extraordinary to watch up close.

Phebe said...

How can I resist the turtleneck? My favorite AC pose of all time.
Thank you Em for another interesting post and than you to pebschua for the added info from the 360 Blog.

Lori, IL said...

Em --

Here's his post from the AC 360 Live Blog that night...

Anderson Cooper
CNN June 25th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

i only met him once, when i was ten. It was the opening for the Wiz and i ended up driving in a car with him to studio 54. I didnt really know who he was at the time. My mom was friends with the director. Girls were chasing the car, screaming “Michael!!” I will never forget watching him dance at studio 54. It was 1978, so he must have been 19 or 20. He was extraordinary to watch up close.

Would be interested to see a clip of Anderson talking about his nanny -- haven't seen/heard that before. I did notice that on Friday night's program he seemed very concerned about Michael Jackson's children and hoped they would be able to stay with their nanny.

Enjoyed the post and still trying to pick my favorite Anderson look -- it's a toss up between three right now -- may have to sleep on it!

ACAnderFan said...

Great post Em! I really liked the poll question this week. While all were nice, I had to pick "H". There's just something about Anderson in jeans, a tight fitting t-shirt, sneakers and his bag on his back that I find sexy.

I am so jealous AC went to studio 54. How cool! I love when he gives us little tidbits like that. He has seen and done so many cool things. However I think going to Studio 54 is probably the coolest thing he has ever done!

Kristien said...

Phew, that might very well have been one of the hardest choices I ever had to make!!...j/k, but it wasn't easy!
I chose b because it's a very nice pic.
Em, I laughed when you mentioned the white socks, lol, I HATE those!!

The MJ anecdote is great, what an evening that must have been!

Em said...

Thank you Pebschua and Lori for the full story on Studio 54. I don't typically follow the Live Blog and even though I went back over the entries, I somehow missed it. I thought Anderson might have left us in suspense and was dying to know the story. I really appreciated hearing it.

From the early numbers it looks like most people prefer Anderson’s casual style. Although I am torn, I selected B "At Sea in a Hoodie". That picture feels very familiar and comforting to me. I have wonderful memories of waiting for my husband and father to return from the ocean. I absolutely love standing on the dock feeling that surge of anticipation as I strain to catch a glimpse of Dad's wild silver hair or Mr. Em's shining "Mr. Clean.” When they get close enough, Mr. Em is usually wearing a hoodie and smiling from ear to ear. With his shining tan head, huge mustache and twinkling eyes, he looks like such a pirate...what is a girl to do! ***swoon*** Seems as if I've been in love with seaman for most of my life.

Up until those pictures of Anderson on a boat, my favorite has always been the one at the subway turnstile...just gorgeous!

@Everyone...If you can remember exactly where the story about his nanny is, please share with the rest of us. I am not certain if it was in his book or in one of the multiple articles I have read or TV appearances, I have watched. What I remember most is how heart broken Anderson said he was when she was let go. I believe he was twelve. He said he was inconsolable even though he realized he was too old for a nanny. Gosh, my memory today...cannot remember her name but remember he referred to her as his Irish nanny.

Glad you all seem to be enjoying. I am now wishing I was in Oregon. Hope wherever today finds you, you are having a beautiful day!

ACAnderFan said...

@Em, the story about his nanny is in "Dsipatches" page 69.

While I was getting ready to leave, I noticed that Eldina's grandmother was crying silently. I didn't see the tears at first--they bleneded with her pale white, wrinkled flesh--but I saw them glisten on the bakc of her hand as she wiped them from her face. She reminded me og my childhood nanny, May, crying as she said goodbye. May had helped raise me from the time I was born, but when I started high school, she had to find another job. I didn't want her to go, but there was nothing I could do. After she left I couldn't speak for days.

Shannon in Virginia said...

Anderson says in his Acknowledgements section of "Dispatches"... "I would also not be the person I am today were it not for May McLinden and Nora Marley. Their selfless devotion over the years is impossible to quantify or ever adequately thank them for."

If May is still alive, surely Anderson is still in touch with her and keeping her abreast of his activities, adventures and awards. I think Nora was at the first book signing in NYC back in early June of 2006. An elderly lady was with Gloria at the bookstore, and Anderson hugged her tightly with a huge grin of delight on his face.

What in the world was a ten year old boy doing at Studio 54???? That's just wrong, folks.

I love the white tube socks. And the pinstripe suit.

sydney said...

What a hard choice, so many goodies to choose from. Finally had to go with the gun show!!

Interesting story re: Studio 54. IIRC Brook Shields and Drew Barrymore also made appearances, so it wasn't unheard of for youngsters to be there, but I agree it's not quite right.

Gillian said...

Em, great post, loved the poll. Although I love his casual look, there's just something about him in a suit and tie. So sexy.

Lori, IL said...

Thank you ACAnderFan -- for the info on Anderson talking about his nanny. I read his book 2 or 3 years ago and forgot that was in there. Thanks again.

ACAnderFan said...

@Lori,IL you're welcome :)

Colby said...

Funny you should bring up the topic of Anderson’s nanny, in his younger days. I was just thinking about the very same thing. The comment he made indicating how unhappy some of these folks seem to be, despite all their wealth. Time and time again t has been said, Money will never buy you happiness, it may buy you a lifestyle and a means of life, but never happiness, and over and over again we see that in some of the most famous of individuals.

It’s really sad in a way. What a way to grow up, to seem so isolated in that way of life.

Wow!! Anderson seems so young and carefree in this photograph with Carson. Amazing what a couple of years can do to a man! Ugh!!