He struggled unsuccessfully to conceal being gay. And it was his brother who committed suicide.
That are Gloria Vanderbilt who also built a jeans empire and Anderson Cooper who is a brandname on-air anchor and correspondent. They tell their story of being mother and son in "The Rainbow Comes and Goes." Here you can order it from Amazon.
Everyone will probably have his or her own takeaway from that saga told in each of their own voices.
For some that might be that the rich and famous have troubles too.
Or, that you can become whole, no matter what happened way back when or is happening.
Mine is that pain makes intimate conversation difficult. And it had been their individual and joint pain that had prevented them from discussing for decades what they finally did in this memoir. For example, the two really hadn't ever talked deeply about Vanderbilt's aloof lesbian mother, the alcoholism gene, the suicide, or Cooper's homosexuality.
But both concede that really knowing another person is impossible. So, intimacy, like the rainbow. comes and goes.
Vanderbilt is now 92 years old. Cooper is middle-aged. Probably another takeaway is how age changes us. Perspectives shift. It will be interesting to envision what kind of memoir Cooper might write when he's his mother's current age.
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