- Anderson Cooper is one of television’s most recognizable news anchors.
- After he was born into a privileged family in New York society life, the journalism icon experienced adventure and tragedy.
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Though now known as the lead anchor and face of CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360°," Anderson Cooper has led a life of adventure, tragedy, and celebrity as he appears right at home in high society and war-torn countries alike across the world.
Cooper has been a household name since he was born to model, socialite, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, long before he led political coverage on one of the most prominent American news networks.
In perhaps his most memorable report to date, Cooper remembered his time alongside his famous mother as a "great blessing," and said he felt "very lonely" as the last living member of his immediate family.
See how Cooper made his own name.
Anderson Hays Cooper was born in New York City on June 3, 1967.
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He was born as the second son of writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt, a well-known designer, railroad fortune heiress, and socialite.
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In addition to her famous last name, Vanderbilt came to be known for her creative prowess through art, writing, and design.
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Vanderbilt cemented her legacy with a skinny jean that bore her signature on the back pocket.
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