Anderson Cooper does an excellent job on CNN. Is it true that his mother is Gloria Vanderbilt?
—Robert Putnam, Columbus, Ohio
Yes, Anderson Cooper's mom is indeed Gloria Vanderbilt, the famous international socialite, artist and fashion designer whose last name adorns a line of blue jeans and perfume. Cooper, a graduate of Yale University, has received several honors for his reporting, including a National Headliners Award for his tsunami coverage and an Emmy for his contribution to ABC's coverage of Princess Diana's funeral.