It was so sad that the friendship between Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper ended and one of the reasons was because the comic had been so close to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
I’m not sure if the two women remained in touch after the former CNN New Year’s Eve hosts fell out but upon Vanderbilt’s death at 95, Griffin reflected on their friendship:
I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much. She let me call her “Glo Vandi” and I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter. When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours. No topic was ever off-limits and believe it or not I would even shut up for a while because, oh the life that woman lived. I’d always plan on wearing something ridiculous to get her to laugh from the moment she opened the door. She would invite me to a book event, where I know I would be surrounded with so many intellectuals, I would always get overdressed and try to learn a new big word for the occasion! The dinner parties! I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her. Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say “Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?” She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman. The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary. I have no photos of those private conversations. “Kathy, there’s always more and we’re never done”. I love you Glo
Italian tennis pro Matteo Berrettini edged past Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday, lifting his third career singles trophy after a narrow 6-4, 7-6 (11) victory.
Berrettini, 23, was competing in his third singles final of the season, following victory in Budapest in April and defeat in Munich last month, on clay on both occasions. The narrow win marked his first tournament victory on grass.
The victory lifts the sexy pro’s world ranking to a career high number 22.
He will next try and make an impression at Wimbledon where he will be seeded. The furthest he’s ever gone in a grand slam tournament was the third round of the French Open last year.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had a busy morning appearing on two of the Sunday morning news show. On NBC’s Meet the Press he talked about his presidential campaign, saber rattling with Iran and foreign interference in elections. On CBS’s Face the Nation, Buttigieg joined moderator Margaret Brennan for a wide-ranging interview about his 2020 campaign for president, foreign policy and more.
Andy Cohen talks with Seth Meyers on NBC’s Late Night about watching the St. Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup in an arena full of Boston Bruins fans, the upcoming tenth anniversary of Watch What Happens Live and how becoming a father has changed his life.
On an episode of RuPaul’s talk show this week, Senator Cory Booker discusses his current campaign for president, and he has a special surprise! Jack Osbourne talks about life as an Osbourne and how he has dealt with hisMS diagnosis.
They belong to Elizabeth Taylor’s very handsome grandson, Quinn Tivey.
The 33 year old is a New York-based artist with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. He has worked as an ambassador for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation for several years. As an ETAF Ambassador, he captures the perspectives of people living with HIV across the U.S. He initiated a photo-essay project in which he photographed and spoke to people assisted by ETAF grants and shared their personal stories with the world.
His mother, Liza, was born during Miss Taylor’s marriage to Oscar-winning producer Mike Todd.
Of his famous grandmother he said: ‘She demonstrated immeasurable courage and compassion throughout her life and her activism, and to be a part of continuing that legacy, and to actually help other people in small or big ways, is an honor.’
There are those who believe Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time.
I still give that honor to Steffi Graf who turns 50 today.
While Serena has won 23 grand slam singles titles over 18 years, Steffi won 22 over 12 years and in 1988 won all four slams plus the Olympic gold medal to record the only “Golden Slam” in history. Steffi also won more than 100 singles titles and three Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year five times (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).
Steffi was simply splendid to watch and one of my all-time favorite players – male or female.
She retired in 1999 shortly after winning the French Open for the sixth time and making it to the finals of Wimbledon. She was ranked third in the world at the time but had spent more weeks ranked number one than any woman or any man who has ever played. She married Andre Agassi and for several years traveled the tour with him while raising their two children. For the past two decades, she has since devoted her time to “Children for Tomorrow”, a non-profit foundation established in 1998 for implementing and developing projects to support children who have been traumatized by war or other crises.
Here are some videos that capture the essence of the spectacular Steffi.