Welcome to the Gary Cooper Scrapbook. Here you will find pictures, articles, movie ads, and other ephemera about one of the most talented, respected, and well loved actors of Hollywood's Golden Era.“The world of today is a far cry from the world in which Gary Cooper lived until his untimely death in 1961. The distinction between “celebrity” and “star” was also quite different. But neither of those words was in the foreground of my father’s image of himself. He always felt he was your average “Joe American.” In his film roles, he tried to portray the best an American man could be…He taught me a little Western expression when I was very young. “There ain’t never a horse that couldn’t be rode, there ain’t never a rider that couldn’t be throwed.” In some way, that informed his own way of moving through what was truly an extraordinary life.” – Daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, 2011
Post by Coopsgirl on Sept 13, 2009 12:55:10 GMT -6
I won this scrapbook on ebay that someone kept from the late 20s through the mid 30s. Instead of buying a new blank book to use, they instead must have just used whatever they had handy. The actual book is a manual about how to properly package items for shipping and has samples of different kinds of packing paper still inside. I posted the pages in the same order they appeared in the scrapbook
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2011 19:24:01 GMT -6 by Coopsgirl
Post by Coopsgirl on Sept 14, 2009 16:36:59 GMT -6
I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was too fragile to scan so I had to just take pics of the pages. I wish some had come out better but it's hard to take close ups and keep it in focus. I may try to redo some of the pages when I get time.
This scrapbook is priceless : charming, touching, rare, ... I adored it.
She cut out a picture of his eyes and put them into a little cameo-like oval at the top of the page. She looked everywhere and saved everything, whatever it was, because she was so crazy about him she couldn't bear to give anything a miss.
She really worked on her layout : geometric cuts, little lineups of smaller pictures. She worked with love and care because she wanted her book to be as beautiful as he was. She spent time and thought and love, and I bet she never imagined that some 75 years later others would be sharing with her all those emotions she felt while putting the book together -- thanks to you, Coopsgirl. I wonder what she would feel if she knew how valuable we find her "silly" scrapbook today.
There are things in there that I never would have dreamed of seeing (Gary at 16 in a war bonnet?!) and lots that I'm going to try to read even though it wreaks havoc on the eyes, but it's all just such a precious look into a past time I HAVE to go through it all.
Some funny moments too! Pictures of Gary with co-stars, with what look like captions underneath but they're really product names : something like "Extra Strong Glue with Ball Bearings" when you expect to read "Gary Cooper and Colleen Moore" or whatever Thank you, thank you for this lovely peek into two lives, his and hers, whoever she was.
Yeah, I think that's part of the charm of this. I can imagine doing the same things, although I'm not sure I'd have been crying at the wedding pictures : just trying to imagine a scheme to meet him and steal him away from his new bride!
Post by maggiejones on Sept 16, 2009 19:22:46 GMT -6
I can imagine the time she spent searching magazines newspapers, and the cost of these specially if money was short. What kind of girl was she ! Quiet, Fun loving, would she of written to him. I'm sure if there was any contact even from the studio that would be in the scrapbook. She would of been thrilled to know that her precious work was in safe hands and being tenderly taken care of. Also knowing the pleasure future lovers of Gary are having in her effort to capture his life day to day.
I have a story about my elder sister, and about a dream she had for a long time, and how my younger sister and I managed to make that dream come true. My elder sister has from a teenager loved, adored P.J.Proby. Her only wish was to to see him in concert. If anyone knows the story P.J he almost vanished from the music business due to bad publicity in the late 60s. So she envisioned never ever seeing him. Now this is were the story gets " in my mind" exciting and one I wish could happen to anyone of use coop fans !! I had seen in a theater brochure, near to where I live a forthcoming concert of mostly British pop groups of the 60s. Herman Hermits, The Troggs, The Searchers, etc and P.J Proby !!! I couldn't contain my excitement and rang my younger sister. We began making secret plans and made up a story of why she should come to visit me with my younger sister. We ended up telling her I was being given an awarded through work and the presentation was at the theater. We laughed so much and got such a buzz arranging it. We tried to imagine what her reaction would be. The best seats at the front, no expense spared. We had to have her as near as possible to the love of her life. I even wrote to the theater to see if we could get her a private audience with him but no luck there. We arranged a visit to the Hair Salon, new clothes and made sure she looked her best, she wouldn't of forgiven herself or us if she didn't. We never gave the game away and it was difficult especially when we got to the theater as I had to try and direct us to the auditorium without her passing posters, programs or listening to peoples conversations. As the pre ceremony was taking place "as she thought" I told her we were having entertainment with a few sound alike bands of the 60s. After the first group finished their last song the lead singer announced "We were going to sing Maria, but I think we'll let the man himself do that. My dear sister, who was at that time wedged between us flashed her head from side to side. She was trying to grasp what was going on. Then from behind the curtain P.J started to sing Maria and then walked upon the stage to a rapturous applause. That's when she slowly started to slide of her seat to the floor. We managed to grab both her arms and pull her back to a sitting position before anyone really noticed. During the performance we did manage to get his attention between songs and he came across and held her hand, gave her the tissues, that she asked him for, which he used to mop his brow. A dream completed and one I'm sure we would just love to have happened for us with Gary.
VintageHome: Thanks, cori. I love my birds. I had to catch the Great Tit to get it back outside but it kept hiding from me ...eventually it found its way outside all by itself
May 22, 2013 3:08:08 GMT -6
gcfanforever: I don't always log in but I check your site very often, Coopsgirl. Love, love it!! The recent Forbes article was very good.
May 19, 2013 18:21:34 GMT -6
cori: Well, VintageHome, may be it's just only because you do it, she'll always be thankful...
May 18, 2013 10:19:22 GMT -6
VintageHome: Folks, hope you have a good weekend. It's a holiday weekend for me! Found one of my birds, a Great Tit sitting on my armchair today , the balcony door was open, looking at me as if to say: Feed Me! They know I do but apparently it wasn't enough. :
May 16, 2013 7:43:42 GMT -6
VintageHome: I think pompomfd1 "Make me a Star" is not listed in the 1930s movies section because Gary was just being himself and it wasn't really a movie he starred in (it's listed as "Self" in IMDB)
May 15, 2013 2:26:57 GMT -6
pomponfd1: Hello Coopsgirl.[br]I think there is not post "make me a star - 1932" in movies still 1930?
May 14, 2013 6:47:11 GMT -6
cori: There is no place for: “it came about casually”,[br]There is only place for states of consciousness which make us so sensitive as a highly sensitive star-tracker...[br]- MICHEL BOUJUT - I agree...
May 13, 2013 15:02:47 GMT -6
VintageHome: Well, we all have our hobbies, cori Some people collect shoes, others collect memorabilia. Some people believe in the paranormal, others refuse to talk about it..Think we'll make it to Alpha Centauri any time soon?
May 13, 2013 11:26:48 GMT -6
cori: Often, my friends say to me that "me and Gary Cooper", this veneration is not normal! I answer them: it's worse! It's paranormal! Strange but real...
May 13, 2013 9:03:03 GMT -6
VintageHome: Energy never dies so I'm certain Gary keeps on ticking in one way or another. Saw two very interesting documentaries the other day, on how people perceive certain things, how time travel works, worm holes and parallel universes. Fascinating!
May 13, 2013 6:32:22 GMT -6
Coopsgirl: Children of Divorce is not lost. There is a restored copy in the Library of Congress (U.S.). It has never been released on home video though or shown on TV so there are no available copies-yet.
May 12, 2013 14:59:07 GMT -6
pomponfd1: Children Of Divorce : this film is lost i think
May 12, 2013 11:55:48 GMT -6
regenerate31965: HAPPY BIRTHDAY,"MR. COOPER"!...WE ARE REGENERATED! WE ARE IMMORTALS! WE ARE ONE OF "THE GODS' OWN"...WE ARE GODS! WE WILL NEVER DIE...BECAUSE WE IMMORTAL...REGENERATED,ALL OVER AGAIN! SO BE IT!...DAUGHTER...AND SON OF "RAM"!
May 11, 2013 17:59:20 GMT -6
westerngirl: Here is the movie on youtube (Ten North Frederick) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_VfYgRSPlA&list=PL090E7CDBAAB21CAE
May 10, 2013 0:49:12 GMT -6
howardroarksheffield: Oh, MaxiCooper01....these are the best websites I know of where you can get Ten North Frederick http://www.ioffer.com/i/ten-north-frederick-rare-dvd-movie-1958-gary-cooper-142194065 http://www.armandmovies.com/cart/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=7
May 8, 2013 15:15:57 GMT -6
howardroarksheffield: Hay, has anyone ever seen Children Of Divorce? I spoke to a rare movies collector and even he hasn't been able to get hold of it. Which is a pain because it looks great.
May 8, 2013 15:11:44 GMT -6
cori: Valentine, I don't know exactly, but when he came in France with his family it was often in May, and in Grasse (city in the south) during May there's a annual show of roses. It's possible they visited it (and in May, it was the birthday of Rocky too)
May 8, 2013 9:30:46 GMT -6
valentine: Why these roses, where they his favorite flower. The bouquet is gorgeous!
May 7, 2013 17:42:01 GMT -6
Coopsgirl: I recorded my copy of Ten North Frederick off TV and there are probably copies like that floating around out there. I'm bummed too that TCM is not showing any of his films today. They been giving him short shrift the past couple of years.
May 7, 2013 17:27:14 GMT -6