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Wyatt Emory Cooper

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Birthplace: Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi, United States
Death: January 05, 1978 (50)
New York, Manhattan County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: New Dorp, Richmond County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Emmitt Debro Cooper and Rixie Jane Anderson
Husband of Gloria Vanderbilt
Father of Anderson Cooper and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper

Occupation: Author, Screenwriter
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About Wyatt Emory Cooper

Wyatt Emory Cooper was an American author and screenwriter.

Cooper moved to New York in his twenties to pursue acting. When he was 26, he appeared on Broadway in the cast of The Strong Are Lonely, a drama that ran for a week at the Broadhurst Theatre in the fall of 1953. Cooper also wrote stories and plays.

In his thirties Cooper lived in Los Angeles and worked as a screenwriter. He attended both UCLA and UC Berkeley. While residing in West Hollywood, then an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, Cooper lived near Dorothy Parker and her husband Alan Campbell. A close friendship developed, and a year after Mrs. Parker's 1967 death Cooper published an incisive and widely-read profile of her in Esquire magazine. Cooper moved to Manhattan in the early 1960s and worked there as a magazine editor.

He married heiress Gloria Vanderbilt on December 24, 1963; Cooper was her fourth husband. The couple frequently appeared on the national "best-dressed" list. They had two sons, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper (1965–1988) and the CNN anchor, Anderson Hays Cooper (b. 1967). "It is in the family that we learn almost all we ever know of loving," he wrote in his 1975 memoir. "In my sons' youth, their promise, their possibilities, my stake in immortality is invested."

Wyatt Emory Cooper died in New York City during open heart surgery at the age of 50.


Author and film-script writer. He was the husband of heiress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt, and father of CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper and the late Carter Cooper. He grew up in New Orleans and moved to New York in his twenties to pursue acting. At age 26 he appeared on Broadway in the cast of 'The Strong Are Lonely.' He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a screenwriter writing the screenplay for the film 'The Chapman Reports' starring Shelley Winters and Jane Fonda and also appeared in a bit role in the 1961 film 'Sanctuary.'

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Wyatt Emory Cooper's Timeline

1927
September 1, 1927
Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi, United States
1965
January 27, 1965
Age 37
New York City, Manhattan County, New York, United States
1967
June 3, 1967
Age 39
New York, New York County, New York, United States
1978
January 5, 1978
Age 50
New York, Manhattan County, New York, United States
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New Dorp, Richmond County, New York, United States