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HBO film explores Vanderbilt's life through her son

For much of his career, CNN's Anderson Cooper rarely talked publicly about being Gloria Vanderbilt's son.

He wasn't ashamed. Cooper just didn't want the baggage, the assumption that his life was set because he was a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the world's richest business magnates of the 1800s. Since he has the last name of his father, actor Wyatt Cooper, it was easy to keep this quiet.

All of that changes with "Nothing Left Unsaid," a documentary that premieres Saturday on HBO (9 p.m. EDT). The film explores Vanderbilt's remarkable life and offers families a blueprint for conversations with aging parents.

Cooper wasn't as close with his...