Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper

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.

June 2, 1967
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.

A Very Young Baby NYC 1968

A very young baby, NYC 1968 by Diane Arbus

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.

Sept. 1999
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”.

Sept. 2003
CNN launches Anderson Cooper 360°.

March 2005
Cooper makes Vanity Fair’s international best-dressed list, alongside male celebrities like Jude Law and George Clooney.

Oct. 12, 2005
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.”

May 2006
His memoir, Dispatches from the Edge, is published by HarperCollins.

Anderson Cooper Dispatches from the Edge

Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper

June 18, 2006
Dispatches from the Edge tops the New York Times bestseller list.

Oct. 2007
He begins hosting the CNN documentary Planet in Peril with Jeff Corwin and Sanjay Gupta.

December 6, 2007
Begins hosting CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, which features extraordinary deeds by ordinary people.

Dec. 2008
The sequel to Planet in Peril called Planet in Peril: Battle Lines airs on CNN starring Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, and Lisa Ling.

Sept. 2010
He signs a contract with Warner Bros. to host a nationally syndicated talk show.

Sept. 12, 2011
His syndicated talk show, called Anderson, debuts. After season one, the name is changed to Anderson Live.

July 2, 2012
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.”

Oct. 29, 2012
It is announced that Anderson Live will not be renewed after the second season is over due to disappointing ratings.

May 20, 2013
The final episode of Anderson Live is aired.

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