Lauren Bacall may have been a bona fide screen legend, but she still reduced a teenaged Anderson Cooper to tears.
According to the New York Post, the late actress, who passed away this week at 89, once took the current CNN news anchor to task – and in his own home, no less.
In Wednesday's Page Six column, Richard Johnson interviews former U.S. Congressman John LeBoutillier, who recalled a 1982 dinner party hosted by Cooper's famous mother, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, at her Southampton estate.
As LeBoutillier (who is also Vanderbilt's cousin) recalls: "Gloria's son Anderson was 14 at the time and he was at the table. The conversation turned to the Mideast and Anderson weighed in and said, 'Something has to be done to help the Palestinians. We need a Palestinian state.' "
And that apparently rubbed the actress the wrong way.
"Bacall, a big support of Israel, went nuts," recalled LeBoutillier. "She eviscerates this kid in front of everyone, humiliates the hostess's son. Anderson was in tears."
LeBoutillier also claimed that movie critic Rex Reed, who was also at the dinner party, told him later, "She's the most miserable woman. Let's throw her in the pool."
The two men allegedly then went looking for Bacall, but LeBoutillier bailed on the plan.
"I thought, 'I'm running for re-election. What if I pull her arm out of the socket?' So we didn't."
Through a spokesperson, Cooper claimed he didn't actually cry that evening, but he didn't dispute the rest of LeBoutillier's account.
In the same column, Johnson details his own run-in with Bacall that allegedly took place in 1999.
As Johnson tells the story, he was at a party where he was introduced to Bacall by agent Johnnie Planco.
Knowing Bacall had starred on Broadway in the hit Applause – a musical take on the 1950 Bette Davis movie All About Eve – Johnson allegedly told the actress that he had recently rewatched the original movie again and pondered, "I wonder why no one has done it as a stage play."
To which Bacall allegedly shrieked, "We did. It was called Applause!"
Johnson says he tried to explain himself to the actress, "but Bacall was done with me."
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Source: Us Weekly
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