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Anderson Cooper Says He Used Fake Name on Instagram To Help Sell His Mom's Art

The famous news anchor helped his mother's art collectors while posing as "Monica."

Published Nov 3, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: Anderson Cooper visits 'Andy Cohen Live' on SiriusXM's Radio Andy, live from the SiriusXM Studios on September 22, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM) (Cindy Ord / Getty Images)
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If you purchased a piece of artwork by Gloria Vanderbilt over Instagram, there's a chance you chatted with Vanderbilt's famous news anchor son, Anderson Cooper, without realizing it.

Cooper made an appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Oct. 25, 2021, during which he discussed his recent book, "Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty."

He said his mother, artist and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, became a bit depressed toward the end of her long life, and to help her through it, Cooper encouraged her to begin posting her art on Instagram to motivate her to "get out of bed and paint."

"And she was like, 'Well, who's going to deal with the customers?'" Cooper said. "And there really wasn't anyone to deal with the customers. So I was like, 'I know what you're asking. I'll do it.'"

Cooper then described how his mom told him he should invent a character, because of Cooper's high profile status as a CNN journalist.

"She was like, 'OK, why don't we invent a lady of a certain age named Monica and who's a long time trusted assistant and you be Monica and you answer all the DMs on Instagram to buy my artwork,'" Cooper recounted. "And that's what I did for three years."

He added, "Literally, I'd be in Baghdad, you know, in between things I'd be like, 'Would you like a laminated white frame' as Monica."

Vanderbilt died in 2019 at the age of 95.

The interview can be viewed here:

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more

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