Anderson Cooper, then 14, got told off by Lauren Bacall over Middle East politics at his mom’s dinner party
Anderson Cooper was 14 and he had an opinion.
Lauren Bacall didn’t like it one bit.
The year was 1982 and Cooper’s mom, heiress and businesswoman Gloria Vanderbilt, had invited Bacall to a dinner at her Southampton house for actress Claudette Colbert.
Former New York Congressman John LeBoutillier, Vanderbilt’s cousin, tells Page Six he was sitting next to Bacall when the following incident occurred:
‘Gloria’s son Anderson was 14 at the time and he was at the table. The conversation turned to the Mideast and Anderson weighed in and said, “Something has to be done to help the Palestinians. We need a Palestinian state.’
‘Bacall, a big supporter of Israel, went nuts. She eviscerates this kid in front of everyone, humiliates the hostess’ son. Anderson was in tears.’
Cooper does not dispute the incident – except the part about the alleged crying.
The CNN anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent, now 47, has gone on to report extensively from the Middle East over the years.