Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper

Directed by Liz Garbus

Starring Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper

Born into one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, Gloria Vanderbilt has lived in the public eye for more than 90 years, unapologetically pursuing love, family and career, while experiencing extreme tragedy and tremendous success side by side. This documentary features a series of candid conversations as Vanderbilt and her youngest son, Anderson Cooper, look back at her remarkable life.


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  • ★★★★★ review by Michelle on Letterboxd

    Wonderful, moving, emotional documentary

  • ★★★★½ review by Tahnee on Letterboxd

    This was so, SO good. Anderson and Gloria, I love you both

  • ★★★★ review by linny on Letterboxd

    a tragic tale of a woman who had everything, yet nothing, and how, despite it all, she survived. gloria vanderbilt is a role model for women everywhere. she's inspired me and broken my heart simultaneously.

  • ★★★★ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd

    This is the second HBO documentary I've watched this week about a son's attempt to understand and communicate his famous mother's story (the first was Jacob Ephron's paean to Nora.) However, in this case another film maker shaped the narrative; and all in all Liz Garbus does a good job of straightforward, chronological film making. Anderson Cooper, who spends more time interviewing his mother than being the subject of the film himself, is famous in his own right. But "Poor little rich girl" Gloria Vanderbilt is still alive in her nineties, still producing paintings that illustrate her fascinating, often tragic life. While not particularly probing, the film nevertheless succeeds as filmed biography. And as it reaches an emotional catharsis when it explores the mysterious suicide of Anderson's older brother Carter, the film touches a raw nerve of pain. Even the rich and famous are real people.

  • ★★★★★ review by rodeo clown on Letterboxd

    a must-see

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