Good artist by heart
, she began pursuing her passions, beginning with her artwork, which she first put on exhibit in 1948. She had two sons with Leopold
: Leopold was born in 1950, Christopher Leopold
In 1954, she made her stage debut in a production of the romantic drama, “The Swan,” at the Pocono Playhouse in Mountainhome, Pennsylvania. She published a book of poetry the following year, the same year she divorced Stokowski.
Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
She found love again in Hollywood with director and producer Sidney Lumet, who would earn multiple Academy Award nominations for films, including “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Network.”
The two married in 1956. Following their divorce in August 1963, Vanderbilt married for a final time on Christmas Eve of that year. With writer Wyatt Cooper, she had two more sons: Carter Cooper in 1965 and Anderson Cooper in 1967.
🏩Love is what she believed in more than anything,” Cooper said.
Her relationship with her now-world famous CNN anchor son was memorialized in a 2016 HBO documentary, “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper,” which premiered at the Sundance
Film Festival. Later that year, the pair published a joint memoir, “The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss.
Of his mother’s extraordinary life, Anderson Cooper said, “I always thought of her as a visitor from another world, a traveler stranded here who’d come from a distant star that burned out long ago. I always felt it was my job to try to protect her.