Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper

Director: Liz Garbus

Institute History

  • 2016 Sundance Film Festival


Privilege, love, loss, and survival are all deftly examined in Nothing Left Unsaid, which turns a lens on the expansive life of Gloria Vanderbilt. At 91, Vanderbilt herself provides a rich living history on the experience of growing up within a storied American family. Her youngest son, Anderson Cooper, peppers his still-vibrant mother on camera with questions about her complex public and private personas.

Ms. Vanderbilt recounts how, as a young girl, she was raised by a nurse who she adored and was later involved in a highly publicized custody battle. While in prep school, she traveled to Hollywood and soon found herself married to an older man. From then on, her life revolved around a series of famous suitors, her children, an acting career, and eventually a successful fashion business. Yet all the while, she quietly created art that revealed themes most resonant to her. Veteran director Liz Garbus delicately weaves archival footage and home movies that supply the backdrop to Vanderbilt’s stories of a rich, yet complicated life.

— Lisa Viola

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