Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper – HBO – 1 hour 48 minutes
As Anderson Cooper helped his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, clean out 38 years of storage, he started to learn things about her and their family that he never knew. This opened a conversation via email … and later phone … that was turned into a documentary. This generation is more familiar with Anderson Cooper as a news anchor or the guy in the black T-shirt, but to hear his family legacy of a transportation genius to a clothing genius is very striking. You will learn about Gloria’s “normal” upbringing through her words and lonely but happy snapshots in her baby book. Also, you will hear about the trial of the decade with a “poor little rich girl” at the center. Being a Vanderbilt or Cooper is not easy … it is something you earn and survive.
This shocking documentary will appeal to several generations. The fans of Gloria Vanderbilt will learn what happened to her behind all the headlines and tabloid rumors. The fans of Anderson Cooper will see him ask the hard questions to the person he loves the most. This should start a dialogue with your parents or grandparents to understand them before they are gone. Even though Gloria is 91 years young, she is as sharp, witty, and interesting as her son. It’s nice to hear them speak about her, and her family’s life, to each other. You get a sense of being a fly on the wall during a reflective conversation. This is a great film to watch on a lazy afternoon.
I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars
Are you exhausted? – Gloria Vanderbilt
The past isn’t over. It’s not even past – Gloria Vanderbilt
I understood the language of loss – Anderson Cooper
She’s the last person in my family alive, really. She’s the last person who knew me as a child. So I didn’t want there to be anything left unsaid between us – Anderson Cooper
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