Cooper advised the anecdote on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, whereas selling his new ebook Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, about his mother’s household.
On Colbert’s present, Cooper affectionately seemed again on a few of his mother’s eccentricities. Vanderbilt was an artist, heiress, socialite, and dressmaker whose life was marked by household tragedy and was typically the topic of sensational headlines.
“She was great,” he advised Colbert of Vanderbilt, who died in June 2019 aged 95. “… She was just kind of nutty. She would come up with ludicrous ideas.”
Cooper then recounted getting a name from his mother 10 years earlier than her loss of life, wherein she advised him: “Honey, there’s something I really need to talk to you about,” and “The most incredible thing happened: I went to the gynaecologist’s last week.”
The journalist then stated his mother advised him her gynaecologist had advised her she may nonetheless bear a baby at her age. Cooper, beneath the impression that Vanderbilt was contemplating having one other youngster of her personal, tried to gently discuss her out of it – however she shortly advised him he had the improper thought.
When Cooper requested her to make clear, she stated: “Well, you can get an egg anywhere nowadays. What I was thinking is, you get an egg, fertilise it with your sperm, and I’ll carry your child.”
Cooper stated he was “stunned” and ultimately advised his mother: “You know, Mom, I love you, but even for you, that’s just bats*** crazy. That’s just nuts.”
Earlier in his dialog with Colbert, Cooper defined: “Sometimes people wonder how during interviews I stay stone-faced and listen to people say bats*** crazy things: I grew up with Gloria Vanderbilt.”