Sunday, May 08, 2011

Anderson and Gloria

Gloria with a baby Anderson

Some photos of a young Anderson, his mom and Carter (please click to enlarge) ~

Anderson wrote about his mom in the October 2004 Details article -
Why Our Parents Still Have Power Over Us

The thing I hated about being a kid, besides the bell-bottoms and night retainer, was not having any power.
Sure, I could throw a tantrum, maybe get my way now and then, but in terms of controlling what happened to me, the big-picture stuff, it was out of my little hands.

I guess I always thought that when I finally became an adult, when I could make all my own choices, those feelings of powerlessness would disappear. But the truth is, they don't.
As an adult you can make your own decisions, you can eat what you want, stay up as late as you want, wear the same underwear for days at a time, but you will always be beholden to someone or something, in particular your parents.
No matter how old, or rich, or successful you become, your parents will always have some degree of power over you.
You may not see them, they may be old and frail, they may even have died, but their power persists.
It's a cliché, of course, to complain that your parents can make you feel like a kid even when you are fully grown, but the older I get the more I realize that all clichés are true.

My mom and I have gotten along remarkably well over the years.
She is the opposite of overbearing and intrusive. She rarely calls me, thereby forcing me to call her. Classic Sun Tzu.

Parental power breaks down, it's got a half-life, but it always survives. Its more obvious, mundane aspects weaken over time.
When you're 5, your mom can sit on you in the aisle of a Toys "R" Us if you are having a fit. When you're 25, she's got to be more manipulative. When you're 50, she's going to be Livia Soprano.
(Click here for the full article.)

From one of Anderson's Co-Hosting stints on Live with Regis & Kelly -- we know that Anderson's mom has a wicked sense of humor (and maybe practices some of that "Classic Sun Tzu" power from time to time) ~

This is a video of some of the times Anderson has spoken about his mom during public appearances; with a funny/touching mother and son moment at the end. Enjoy ~

But Gloria wasn't always a mom. As a girl of age 10, she took up horseback riding "trying to be close to my father" ~

Gloria Vanderbilt at home at Brandeis House

Vanderbilt visited late last fall, stepping into the home where she lived for about a year after her birth in February 1924. Her father had proposed to her mother, Gloria Morgan, in the home’s “club room” -- now the alumni business center. Brandeis presented her a copy of her father’s photo album.

“She had never been back since she was an infant. She was delighted to be there,” Alter said. “As she was looking through the album, she saw photos of some horse trophies -- the Vanderbilts owned thoroughbreds -- and said, ‘Oh, Anderson (Cooper, her son, a CNN newsman) has those in his apartment.’"
(For a link to the full article, please click here.)

And a photo of the trophies now owned by Anderson ~

Perhaps the trophies were inspiration for Anderson taking riding lessons as a child?

And we'll leave you tonight with a video from 2003 that aired the night after the one in last night's post. In this one, Arthel Neville has a little fun with Anderson at the end ~

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ACAnderFan said...

Another good post Wonz. Love all the pictures of Anderson and Carter with their mom. Two of them I haven't seen before.

I think its nice that Anderson has his mom's riding trophies. I love when he talks about how embarrassing she can be at times.

Anonymous said...

What a cute post! Enjoyed it very much. I believe the first pic is actually baby Carter, if I remember correctly it was in the People magazine interview with Gloria Vanderbilt in 1996.

@ACAnderFan - the trophies originally belonged to Reginald Vanderbilt. Gloria's mom sold them to pay for Gloria's first wedding. AC was able to find and buy them back. Amazing, isn't it? Sarah

Wonz said...

@Anon 12:22AM - Thank you for the head's up on the picture. You are correct; it was Gloria and Carter. I found it tagged as Anderson and didn't give it a second thought. I've now replaced the picture with one that I know to be Gloria with baby Anderson.

Great eye and I appreciate you alerting me.

Glad you enjoyed the post.

Tedi B said...

I just wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Mother's Day. It must be a hard time going through the loss of a parent. I'm so close to my mother that I can't even think about life without her. I appreciate every day I have with her, though. I lost my brother last year and it made me realize how important it is to cherish time with the people you love!

@Phebe--thanks for sharing your thoughts yesturday :)

Anonymous said...

The James Beard Awards will be broadcast on Livestream tonight at 6 PM ET.

susan said...

John King will be live from Mississippi tomorrow. Wonder why Anderson has not been?

betz55 said...

Hello, in the picture of reggie vanderbilts silver champion horse show trophies - what is the name of the artist and the picture in the background of the child by the blue pool with the rolling hills in the background. It is stunning. many thanks !