When Anderson Cooper Was a Teenager, His Mom Took Him to a Movie About a Mother Seducing Her Teenage Son

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Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Buried in a Times brief today about Anderson Cooper voicing a role in the upcoming Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is an interesting little anecdote about how Cooper's mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, used to take him to age-inappropriate movies and shows when he was a kid.

He did see [nudity-filled Equus] as an adolescent during its original 1970s run, among the other adult-oriented content he was prematurely introduced to at his mother’s behest. “She also took me to ‘Luna,’” Mr. Cooper said, referring to the 1979 Bernardo Bertolucci movie starring Jill Clayburgh as a woman who has an incestuous relationship with her teenage son. “My mom’s judgment, I’m not sure if it was the best,” Mr. Cooper continued. “In fact, we were rejected from one theater, they refused to sell tickets to me. But my mom was not deterred. She just took me to some other theater.”

In 1979, Anderson Cooper was 12. Oh, to be a Vanderbilt in the seventies ...

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