Welcome to the Gary Cooper Scrapbook Message Board. Here you can talk about Gary's films and his life."Strong, clean-limbed, and tall; lean as the wild horses he had broken in his boyhood, Gary arrived. And health and wholesomeness came with him. Like a living flame he purged those about him. His pictures reveal his influence. For, no matter how he is cast—cowboy or cavalier, drunkard or wastrel, there can be no taint of decadence in his work. Something wholly alive, and hence pure and clean, shows through the fogs of his acting. No, Gary Cooper, hero or villain, always keeps us enthralled by virtue of that dynamic force within him.” – Fan letter to magazine by Eva Pratt (1932)
Although this thread is mostly about Maria's book, because the summer 2008 lecture she gave about it (and much more!) is also referenced here, I thought I'd post a picture of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's lecture information poster:
Sorry about the camera glare line running through the image!
And I would love for the Met to have another event like this again!
Typically, each summer, the Met would have a few weekends in which a particular "Old Hollywood" star was celebrated. (I also went to the Cary Grant film-screenings and lecture with friend/author Nancy Nelson in Summer 2007). Aside from Gary and Cary, Katharine Hepburn, Rex Harrison, and a few others I'm forgetting have been celebrated.
It's really a worthwhile event all-around. For the price of the ticket, you get a lecture, three film screenings (over a two-day span) and admission to the Met for two days in a row. In 2009 and 2010, for some odd reason, they didn't have any such events. Sad! I hope they continue to have these lectures/film-screenings again soon, though! Maria should come back for another round of talking about her Dad!
Post by maggiejones on Mar 16, 2011 18:50:09 GMT -6
I found this review on Maria's book " Gary Cooper Off Camera: A Daughter Remembers "and wanted to share.
Sometime ago, I found myself searching for spiritual fulfilment. It was critical moment in my life and I felt as though, I was in a desert all alone, exhausted and thirsty, longing to discover an oasis. Art, music, literature and film are some of my interests and I begun exploring them with renewed passion. One day, while flipping through the DVDs at my local store, "High Noon" caught my attention. I didn't buy it then but it stuck on my mind and few days later I went back and bought it. I watched it in the evening. I watched Gary Cooper's performance in awe and I knew, I have found my oasis. Since then, I collected all of his available films, searching for the rare ones all over the world. Seeing these movies is one of the best things that ever happened to me. Gary Cooper gave me a wonderful world of emotional depth, a world of eternal love, friendship, gallantry, selflessness and patriotism. A world-refuge, where I'm able to lose myself for a while and then come back to reality inspired.
Naturally, after seeing 70 Gary Cooper films, I had pretty good idea what kind of a person he was but I wanted to know more about my favorite actor's life. I begun looking for some literature on him and decided not buy any of the biographies based on gossip and written to make their authors some easy buck. Instead, I bought few of his co-stars' autobiographies. Some are very interesting. Hermione Gingold for example, sums up Gary Cooper as a stoic and courageous man in just a few sentences. Nice, but I already knew it. Ingrid Bergman marvels on his naturalism. I agree with her 100%. And she tells interesting stories on filming "For Whom the Bell Tolls". Lilli Palmer shares insides on making of "Cloak and Dagger" but not much about Cooper. Patricia Neal, well, if only I could believed her, but I found her autobiography phoney. Her "remembering" of events and dialogs which supposedly have been happening about 40 y. before she wrote her book, simply lacks credibility. So, I almost gave up and then discovered Maria Cooper's loving tribute to her father.
The book is absolutely wonderful! It is written with love, respect and honesty. Maria is a gifted writer and I couldn't put her book down until I finished it. She shares insides of Cooper's early life, his career, their family life, his battle with cancer, which cut his life short and his last days; there are lovely family photos, photos of Gary &Rockywith their friends Jimmy and Gloria Stewart, the Hemmingways, Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, Gary with his parents, with his monkey pet and much more. My favorite one is Coop with Maria when she was a baby- so sweet!There are also few of his sketches and facts about his taste in food, past times, hobbies and believes.
To me, reading Maria's memoir was an incredible experience. It was like putting the finishing touches on a portrait of Gary, which I painted in my mind earlier, and it is now completed.
I highly recommend "Gary Cooper off Camera" to every Cooper fan. It is simply a must have.
Lastly, I thank Maria for sharing her love for her father with us. Thanks for the great book.
"I watched Gary Cooper's performance in awe and I knew, I have found my oasis. Since then, I collected all of his available films, searching for the rare ones all over the world. Seeing these movies is one of the best things that ever happened to me. Gary Cooper gave me a wonderful world of emotional depth, a world of eternal love, friendship, gallantry, selflessness and patriotism. A world-refuge, where I'm able to lose myself for a while and then come back to reality inspired."
That is exactly how he makes me feel too. ;D
“It’s literally true, as Shakespeare said--all the world’s a stage. It wasn’t that way when I first got into the movies in 1924, but it is now. That’s why I find Hollywood newer and more exciting every day. Whatever you hear it’s still a place where a kid from Montana can jump on a horse, ride that-a-way, and keep right on going.” – Gary Cooper, 1956
ghruth: is there any way to resurrect the full text of the Saturday Evening Post stories about Coop's career? I used to be Iron Hero..now I'm GHRuth and finishing up the book on Pride of the Yankees. I seem to be missing the part about Pride of the Yankees
Aug 20, 2016 21:39:21 GMT -6
matterbooboo: I have been told by my mother that I am a distant relation to Gary Cooper. My grandfather was called William Cooper, and he lived in Luton, Bedfordshire. I am trying to establish if there is a family link. Can anyone help?
Mar 21, 2016 8:43:15 GMT -6
bigcoop: I am exactly the same hieght 6'3".
Oct 16, 2015 1:27:47 GMT -6
Coopsgirl: Ironhero, I do not have the rights to any of the pictures on this site. I just find them and repost them. Good luck with your book!
Sept 27, 2015 14:29:37 GMT -6
ironhero: Hey Coopsgirl...I'm working on a book about "pride of the Yankees," and wondering about the photos on this site...they're incredible! Can you advise me on which ones may be public domain and which you had to license?
Sept 25, 2015 13:35:26 GMT -6
Coopsgirl: I've been busy doing yard work today so I'll update Monday!
May 31, 2015 16:22:37 GMT -6