While Anderson Cooper continues to be our favorite, there have been rumors that the political commentator is already planning to marry his longtime boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani if not soon, in the upcoming days. But what else remains hidden underneath his profile? Here goes a couple of facts that you might not have come across yet!
1. Cooper had feasts with Charlie Chaplin
In New York, actor Wyatt Cooper and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt welcomed Anderson in their family way back in 1967. Later on during his childhood, he got connected to a distinctive social network that included prominent guests like Charlie Chaplin, Lillian Gish, and George Plimpton.
2. He happened to be a model
Following his father’s death at a very early age, 10-year-old Cooper signed a deal with the Ford Modeling Agency to earn his bread and started his modeling career, endorsing apparel for brands like Ralph Lauren and Macy. But unfortunately, a photographer’s ill-suited remarks made him leave the opportunity at the age of 13.
3. He used to conduct a reality show
At ABC, Cooper was offered the role of an anchor in the overnight news series World News Tonight after which he hosted a reality television series, The Mole. At that time, the executives of the channel questioned his credibility suggesting he must not work in the respective field.
4. He faced several hurdles at the beginning of his career
As Cooper gave up his stint in The Mole, he got an opportunity from CNN in 2002. There, he was responsible to hold Paula Zahn’s a.m. show American Morning in which his impression turned upside down. But he never refused to take over other assignments that were turned down by almost everyone. And his consistent focus ultimately fetched him the position of an anchor in Anderson Cooper 360.
5. Anderson doesn’t crave for his mother’s wealth
Anderson revealed that he doesn’t wish to take over his mother’s 200 million dollar assets on the sets of HBO documentary saying, “I don’t believe in inheriting money. I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it is a curse.”
6. Anderson had his internship in CIA
During his graduation at Yale, he interned in the Central Intelligence Agency for two summers and completed his BA degree in 1989 in political science.
Anderson’s ultimate wish was to pursue journalism and not to work in any administerial post. Eventually, he also tried to foot an opportunity in ABC by answering calls that failed in the initial phase. But then he carved his position in the network in 1995 by becoming a correspondent.