Gloria Vanderbilt Opens Up To Son's Suicide On "Anderson"
Gloria Vanderbilt, the mother of CNN journalist and daytime talk show host Anderson Cooper, opened up about her son’s suicide on Cooper’s television program Monday according to People magazine.
The fashion designer, 87, told Anderson how she wanted to take her life after the death of 23-year-old Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, who committed suicide in 1988 after jumping off their New York penthouse apartment. However, she told Anderson that she didn’t go with her plans after thinking about him.
“I still run through it,” she said as quoted in the Daily Mail. 'He was sitting on the wall with one foot on there and one foot hanging over and he kept looking down. And I kept begging him and then when he went, he went like an athlete, and hung over the wall like this.”
However, Vanderbilt told Anderson that Carter let go of the wall and jumped to his death.
"You never get over it, but you learn to live with it," she told Anderson as quoted in People magazine.
Anderson said afterward that his mother’s experience in dealing with family tragedies like his brother’s suicide was an inspiration to him.
"You have survived so many things," Anderson said to his mother as quoted in People magazine. "This custody battle when you were 10 years old, the loss of your father when you were an infant, the loss of Carter, of my dad, your husband and so many others."
"It hasn't made you tough. It hasn't hardened you. You're still open to experience and open to new loss and open to new heartbreak and to new love."
The Daily Mail reported that later in the show, Judy Collins performed “Amazing Grace,” the song that was sung during Carter’s funeral.