Andy Cohen pays tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt, sends Anderson Cooper 'all of our love'

Andy Cohen is paying tribute to his best friend's mom.

Following Gloria Vanderbilt's death on Monday, the 51-year-old Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host used the Mazel portion of his show to remember the late mother of Anderson Cooper.

"It is time for my Mazel of the day. It goes to style icon, socialite, and mother to my dear friend, Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, who passed away at the age of 95 this morning," Cohen said. "Born to one of the most famous families in the country, and thrust into the spotlight at a young age, Gloria Vanderbilt made a name for herself, not just as a Vanderbilt, but as a painter, a writer, an actress and, of course, a fashion designer." 

"She lived a life full with incredible peaks and impossible obstacles. Through it all she remained eternally optimistic with a wicked sense of humor," he continued. "I was so thrilled to have Gloria Vanderbilt on this show back in 2016 with Anderson. She was as captivating and radiant as ever."

Cohen went on to show clips from Vanderbilt's time on WWHL where she played a game of Plead the Fifth and revealed that Howard Hughes was a better lover than Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. After Cooper teased his mom for her lack of cooking skills, he had some praise for her too.

"To realize now, at this stage in life, that my mom and I are incredibly similar, that I very much am her son, it's been a great blessing," he said.

Vanderbilt also spoke some words of wisdom, revealing how she managed she stay looking and feeling young.

"Very important to have an image of yourself that you maintain and belief in yourself. And don't get scared of, you know, getting old. And just kind of hang in there," she said. "And the best is yet to be. I still believe that."

"We are all sending Anderson all of our love as we honor a great, great woman tonight," Cohen said at the end of the tribute. "And may Gloria Vanderbilt rest in peace."

Earlier in the day, Cohen took to Instagram to remember Vanderbilt with a stunning black-and-white photo of the late fashion designer.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an amazing woman who lived a life filled with incredible peaks and impossible obstacles. Through it all she remained eternally optimistic with a wicked sense of humor," he wrote. "In fact, Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mom. Sending Anderson all my love, and may she Rest In Peace."

Meanwhile, Kathy Griffin, who was a longtime friend to Cooper and Vanderbilt, also posted on social media in remembrance of the designer.

"I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much. She let me call her 'Glo Vandi' and I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter," she wrote. "When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours. No topic was ever off-limits and believe it or not I would even shut up for a while because, oh the life that woman lived."

"I’d always plan on wearing something ridiculous to get her to laugh from the moment she opened the door. She would invite me to a book event, where I know I would be surrounded with so many intellectuals, I would always get overdressed and try to learn a new big word for the occasion!" Griffin continued. "The dinner parties! I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her. Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say 'Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?'" 

"She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman. The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary," she added. "I have no photos of those private conversations. 'Kathy, there’s always more and we’re never done.' I love you Glo💔"

Cooper himself eulogized his beloved mom in a video tribute that aired on CNN following her death, where he revealed that she was diagnosed with advanced cancer earlier this month.

"Gloria Vanderbilt died as she lived: on her own terms. I know that she hoped for a little more time, a few days or weeks at least. There were paintings she wanted to make, more books she wanted to read, more dreams to dream. But, she was ready. She was ready to go," Cooper said in part. "She spent a lot of time alone in her head during her life, but when the end came, she was not alone. She was surrounded by beauty, and by family, and by friends."

"The last few weeks, every time I kissed her goodbye, I'd say, 'I love you, Mom.' She would look at me, and say, 'I love you, too. You know that,'" he continued. "And she was right. I did know that. I knew it from the moment I was born, and I'll know it for the rest of my life. And, in the end, what greater gift can a mother give to her son? Gloria Vanderbilt was 95 years old when she died. What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. What an incredible woman."

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend A Conversation With Anderson Cooper And Gloria Vanderbilt at 92Y on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper in conversation at Barnes & Noble Union Square on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper in conversation at Barnes & Noble Union Square on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend the "Nothing Left Unsaid" premiere at Time Warner Center on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper attend the launch party for "The World Of Gloria Vanderbilt" at the Ralph Lauren Women's Boutique on November 4, 2010 in New York City (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:Wendy Goodman; Ralph Lauren, Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper attend the launch party for "The World Of Gloria Vanderbilt" at the Ralph Lauren Women's Boutique on November 4, 2010 in New York City (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Television reporter Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt attend a public funeral for David Brown at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on February 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 16: Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend KIPS BAY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB 2009 Preview Gala & Cocktails at ASPREY at Kips Bay Decorator Show House & Asprey on April 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL /Patrick McMullan via Getty Imagess)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 16: Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend KIPS BAY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB 2009 Preview Gala & Cocktails at ASPREY at Kips Bay Decorator Show House & Asprey on April 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL /Patrick McMullan via Getty Imagess)
Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt during Tiffany's "Silver Jewelry" Party at Tiffany Store in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend THE GORDON PARKS AWARDS DINNER & AUCTION: A Celebration of his Life and the Arts at Gotham Hall on June 18, 2007. (Photo by MATT CARASELLA/Patrick McMullan via Getty Imagess)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Gloria Vanderbilt, Carter Cooper and Anderson Cooper attend Woody Allen New Year Eve's Party on December 31, 1979 at Harkness House in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1980: Gloria Vanderbilt and her sons Anderson Cooper (L) and Carter Cooper photographed in New York City, circa 1980. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1988: Gloria Vanderbilt, Carter Cooper and Anderson Cooper circa 1988. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1980: Gloria Vanderbilt and sons Anderson Cooper & Carter Cooper circa 1980 in New York City. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Swiss-born socialite Gloria Vanderbilt poses with her two sons Anderson Cooper and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper (1965 - 1988) in their apartment in the UN Towers, New York, New York, March 1976. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
Swiss-born socialite Gloria Vanderbilt runs down a street with her two sons Anderson Cooper and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper (1965 - 1988), New York, New York, March 1976. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
Gloria Vanderbilt and her two sons, Anderson and Carter, sit on her bed. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
LONG ISLAND, NY - MARCH 30: Socialite and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt poses for a portrait session with her sons Anderson Cooper (left) and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper on a bed in their home on March 30, 1972 in Southampton, Long Island, New York. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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