Gloria Vanderbilt called Kathy Griffin her 'daughter,' despite falling-out with Anderson Cooper

Despite her very public falling-out with Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin has nothing but adoration for his mother, the late Gloria Vanderbilt.

Upon learning of Vanderbilt's death on Monday, Griffin took to Twitter to share personal photos and stories, noting that Vanderbilt referred to Griffin as her own daughter.

"I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much," Griffin wrote. "I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter."

"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," Griffin mused. "I’d always plan on wearing something ridiculous to get her to laugh from the moment she opened the door."

Never one to censor herself, Vanderbilt used to chat with Griffin about her tumultuous childhood in the spotlight.

"She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman," Griffin said. "The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary. I have no photos of those private conversations."

Griffin was close for many years with Vanderbilt's son, Anderson Cooper, but the fallout from Griffin's infamous Trump parody in 2017 drove a deep wedge into their friendship. Cooper called Griffin's photo "disgusting," and Griffin was axed from CNN's annual New Year's Eve broadcast, leaving a spot wide open for Bravo host Andy Cohen — who is also a close longtime friend of Cooper.

Two years later, the friendship remains broken, and in March she readily admitted, “It still hurts. I mean, I really loved him."

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin host 'New Year's Eve Live' on CNN during New Year's Eve 2017 in Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity.) Anderson Cooper (L) and Kathy Griffin attend Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper host CNN's 'New Year's Eve Live' at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Host Anderson Cooper (L) and comedian Kathy Griffin speak on stage during CNN Heroes 2015 - Show at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. 25619_022 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper attend CNN Heroes 2015 - Show at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. 25619_022 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Host Anderson Cooper (L) and comedian Kathy Griffin speak on stage during CNN Heroes 2015 - Show at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. 25619_022 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper attend the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_002_0361.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin and Gloria Steinem attend Kathy Griffin's Carnegie Hall Performance official after party hosted by Anderson Cooper at Trattoria Dell Arte Restaurant on November 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 31: Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper speak at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 in Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/DCNYRE2013/Getty Images for DCP)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: TV personalities Kathy Griffin (L) and Anderson Cooper walk at New Year's Eve 2013 in Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
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