Posted on January 13, 2015
Everyone loves CNN’s dashing anchorman, Anderson Cooper, but did you know he speaks Vietnamese and is the son of a famous fashion designer? Here’s our Anderson Cooper timeline.
Anderson Cooper born to designer Gloria Vanderbilt and author Wyatt Emory Cooper.
He is photographed by Diane Arbus in her photograph A very young baby, NYC 1968. It is one of many pictures of babies that she took for Harper’s Bazaar. The photograph now hangs in Anderson Cooper’s bedroom.
Cooper’s father, Wyatt Cooper, dies after suffering several heart attacks.
Cooper’s brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, a Princeton graduate, commits suicide at the age of 23 by jumping from the terrace of Gloria Vanderbilt’s Manhattan apartment. Gloria believes his suicide was the result of a psychotic episode induced by the allergy drug, Proventil.
Graduates from Yale University with a BA in Political Science
Begins working as a fact checker for Channel One, a news program made to air in classrooms. Moves to Vietnam to study Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.
At the age of 28, signs with ABC News and becomes their youngest correspondent.
Becomes permanent anchor of World News Now.
Leaves World News Now to host ABC’s reality show, The Mole.
Begins work as an anchor alongside Paula Zahn on CNN’s “American Morning with Paula Zahn”.
CNN launches Anderson Cooper 360°.
Cooper makes Vanity Fair’s international best-dressed list, alongside male celebrities like Jude Law and George Clooney.
Cooper’s agent, Luke Janklow, announces that Cooper has signed a $1 million book deal with HarperCollins to publish his memoir. Janklow says the book will “deal with the last year of [Cooper’s] life as a journalist and human being in Sri Lanka, Africa, Iraq and Louisiana/Mississippi.”
His memoir, Dispatches from the Edge, is published by HarperCollins.
Dispatches from the Edge tops the New York Times bestseller list.
He begins hosting the CNN documentary Planet in Peril with Jeff Corwin and Sanjay Gupta.
Begins hosting CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, which features extraordinary deeds by ordinary people.
The sequel to Planet in Peril called Planet in Peril: Battle Lines airs on CNN starring Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, and Lisa Ling.
He signs a contract with Warner Bros. to host a nationally syndicated talk show.
His syndicated talk show, called Anderson, debuts. After season one, the name is changed to Anderson Live.
He comes out in a letter to Andrew Sullivan that he gave permission to publish, saying:
“I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something—something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true. … The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
It is announced that Anderson Live will not be renewed after the second season is over due to disappointing ratings.
The final episode of Anderson Live is aired.