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Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt in HBO docu this April 9
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True story
Me: “Do you know Gloria Vanderbilt?”
Mich Dulce. “No. Is she from Gossip Girl?”
Me: “She’s the mother of Anderson Cooper.”
Mich: “Really? So Anderson Cooper is rich???? Vanderbilt sounds mayaman….”

Gloria Vandebilt

During the ’70s, I came to know of Gloria Vanderbilt as a brand of designer jeans with the swan logo. Not for me, but for moms and titas. Remember this?

Gloria Vanderbilt

Through the years, I came to know more of her from reading books like Once Upon A Time (about her lonely—she was raised by her yaya—and the great custody battle known then as “the trial of the century); A Mother’s Story (where she talks about the suicide of her son Carter Cooper); It Seemed Important at the Time (a memoir of past romances and ex-husbands); and even the Gloria Vanderbilt Book of Collage (which I purchased second hand at the Strand bookstore in New York).

Gloria Vanderbilt book Gloria Vanderbilt book
Gloria Vanderbilt book Gloria Vanderbilt book

During the ’90s, I tagged along with gay friends to visit the Vanderbilt Mansion in New York (it has a planetarium!))
Maybe more of you would know her better through he son, Anderson Cooper, who famously visited Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda.
She looks amazing by the way. Here she is at 91 years with son Anderson, 48, taken last year.

Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper

Now Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper look back at the American heiress’ life via a full-length documentary entitled Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper.
The documentary, directed by Liz Garbus, premieres April 9 on HBO.

The documentary puts together archival footage and previously unseen home videos with present-day scenes to paint an intimate portrait of one of America’s most fascinating families.
Cooper and Vanderbilt tell the story of their past and present, loves and losses, and show how life sometimes repeats itself in the most unexpected ways.
Vanderbilt and Cooper go through a private archive of letters, home movies, photos and artwork created by her over the years, as well as vintage news footage and newspaper clippings in Nothing Left Unsaid, a journey through life.
“She’s got this public face, but the reality of her life is so different,” said Cooper.

Now 92, Vanderbilt still pursues art, painting every day as a means of self-expression and as a way of coping with what she calls “the grief for the lost places of your past.”
The daughter of Reginald Vanderbilt and his teenage wife Gloria Morgan, Gloria Vanderbilt experienced major loss at 15 months when her father died at age 45. She was raised primarily by a beloved nurse, known as Dodo, since her mother was largely absent.

In 1934, when she was 10 years old, Vanderbilt became the object of a bitter and very public custody battle, with her mother on one side and her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, on the other. The press demonized her “absent” mother and her “gay” Paris lifestyle, and the court awarded custody of little Gloria to her aunt.

By age 15, she had been photographed for Harper’s Bazaar. By 17, she was leading a largely unsupervised life in Hollywood and dating stars like Errol Flynn and Ray Milland. A marriage to 32-year-old, physically abusive agent Pasquale Di Cicco was short-lived.
Vanderbilt married 63-year-old conductor Leopold Stokowski when she was 20. The union lasted 12 years and produced two sons: Stan, who is interviewed in the documentary, and Chris.

Following a romance with Frank Sinatra and a court battle with Stokowski for custody of the boys, which she won, Vanderbilt married prominent movie director Sidney Lumet. They divorced after seven years.
Today, she reflects that a lifelong fear of abandonment would lead her to end a relationship before the other person did.

Vanderbilt finally found a measure of the domestic tranquility when she married writer-actor Wyatt Cooper in 1963, with whom they had two sons: Anderson and Carter.
“For the first time, I understood what it was like to be a parent and to have a family,” she said.
That family suffered a devastating blow in 1978 when 50-year-old Wyatt Cooper died during heart bypass surgery. After her husband’s death Vanderbilt rebounded with the launch of a hugely successful line of designer jeans.

Vanderbilt experienced an even greater loss in 1988 when her 23-year-old son Carter committed suicide, jumping from the terrace of her Manhattan penthouse as she pleaded with him not to. She still struggles daily to understand what happened and to wonder what she could have done to prevent it.

Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper premieres Saturday, April 9, only on HBO.
To know more, click HERE

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Sting/Alden/Gloria: Nasaan ang hustisya?
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In Eat Bulaga they often say, “Nasaan ang hustiya?” (Where is justice?) whenever actor Alden Richards still looks good even when he’s crying, covered in garbage, or completely drenched.

Alden Richards

I guess he’s not a regular human being. Just like Gloria Vanderbilt who looks this good at 91 next to her beautiful son, Anderson Cooper, now 48. How is this even possible???

Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper

Last Thursday night we were completely floored when we saw Sting for the first time ever, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in a concert with Chris Botti.
Listen, Sting is not my type. I have never ever checked him out in my life. But things change when you get older. You appreciate older men and get embarrassed to like Zayn Malik, who is half your age.
You appreciate wisdom and kindness. Or in Sting’s case, incredible talent.
Not to mention he looks so good at 64, it’s unreal. He looks so fit and dresses appropriately for his age, without looking dated.
He first came out in a jacket over leather pants, which he removed to reveal a fitted basic grey T-shirt, which he probably has twenty of.

Sting

Check out his waist, back, and hips.

Sting in Manila

Tell me: Nasaan ang hustisya??

Sting in Manila

OK fine, he has a receding hairline. But gosh, what the hell is his diet and workout like? Some people said, macrobiotic diet + tantric yoga. Whatever that means. It makes me depressed but at the same time inspired to look as good when I’m in my 60s, I hope.

Sting

Not only that. His voice sounds as smooth and velvety as ever, as if he never aged—except for the hair and the slight lines on his face. But he doesn’t need Botox or ThermiLift. He really aged well.
Without Googling, I would have guessed him in his 50s.
He was amazing. So sorry, we completely forgot about Chris Botti. Listen to his voice.

Going back to Alden, the young actor was in a car accident this afternoon. I was in shock when Dinna sent me pictures of his car with the unmistakable plate number of Richard Faulkerson Jr. (his real name).

Alden car accident

Well thank God he and his assistant Tenten are OK, except for minor scratches on Alden’s arms.

Alden car accident

Thank God the airbags protected his face. Just look at him on the sidewalk after the accident—he still looks good!
As they would say in Eat Bulaga, “Nasaan ang hustisya?”

Alden car accident

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Where did Anderson Cooper sleep?
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Not too long ago I was in traffic somewhere on Edsa, lying down at the back of my van, tired, depressed, when a thought came upon me: Where is Anderson Cooper sleeping and what is he eating in Tack-low-bahn?
Last week after visiting Villamor Airbase, I couldn’t get myself to go straight home despite extreme tiredness in my body.
I told my friends we need to go to the Marriott and look for Anderson.
Earlier that day Anderson had interviewed Journey’s Arnel Pineda amongst this shrubbery.

Anderson Cooper interviews Arnel Pineda

And various people had their photos taken with him.

Anderson fans

It was worth a try.
We took a chance and somehow ended up on this balcony.

Marriott at Resorts World

It was only after a while when we realized we were at the right place, confirmed by the waitress who served us, I mean check out the white balustrade in the back.

Anderson Cooper interviews Arnel Pineda

After much prodding the waitress told us Anderson Cooper, Kristie Lu Stout and the CNN crew had stayed at the Marriott, had dinner twice at Cru and even at this balcony. That was before and after Tack-low-bahn.
Anderson recently appeared on Letterman and revealed how he got to Tacloban, where he slept during that time, and other thoughts on Yolanda and the Filipino people. (Thanks to the angel who uploaded this.)

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Yolanda videos you need to see
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How high-tech is Japan? When it sends a Tagalog-speaking Japanese relief worker to Tacloban

Swept away: Watch a house disappear within seconds after a storm surge

Cadaver dogs aid in recovery of corpses in Tacloban

Awesome Dutch citizens raise more than 18 million euros (or more than 1 billion pesos) through a nationwide telethon

Jamie Oliver asks British viewers to donate to the Philippines through Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

In Warsaw, Poland, Naderev Saño—Filipino representative to the Warsaw conference—gave a tearful speech pleading with the world to take immediate, drastic action to reduce climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions

“They are not broken,” Anderson Cooper says in his Reporter’s Notebook

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