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)
Post by maggiejones on Feb 16, 2010 11:36:52 GMT -6
Comments posted by an obvious fan.
The Virginian by Owen Wister
in a Photoplay edition featuring Gary Cooper in the lead role.
This book was turned into movies at least four times (possibly five). It's just one of THOSE books -- but the photoplay edition of the book (while not as pricey as the first edition) has a great deal of charm all its own.
There are two different photoplay editions. The first was done in 1923 (by the way, I found out today that Photoplay was actually the term used before we decided to use MOVIES for what we see at the Theatre).
SO - the 1923 photoplay edition had still photographs included from the silent movie. There was a second version done (with no photoplay book to go along) that was also a silent film. Then, in 1929, Gary Cooper and Walter Huston starred in an ALL-TALKING version of the film... for which a Photoplay book was issued (probably as a great advertising addition ... nowadays they call it marketing).
This book is just not easy to find, especially with the dust jacket.
And the dust jacket on this copy is quite nice. Not fine, mind you, but quite nice.
I'm having a wonderful time staring at it.
Mostly, I should be continuing to add more to the DONE pile, but on a day like today (and it's been A DAY), just staring at Gary Cooper in his cowboy hat is fine with me.
There is a reference to Gary in Marla Brooks' book called "Ghosts of Hollywood III". Following an insightful introduction, there is a section titled "Gary Cooper's House," which covers an in-depth investigation of this film legend's home.
Post by itsadogslife on Jun 8, 2011 8:29:34 GMT -6
It wouldn't surprise me.
Wasn't there an article featured by LIFE in 1949 where Gary and his family visited a Ghost House titled Life visits Gary Cooper - The film star haunts an abandoned house in Aspen. You can find it through Google Books. Of course he was very much alive back then. I have no idea if that was just a publicity thing back then or if Gary was really interested in ghost hunting.
And before someone thinks I'm just goofing around here to make fun of previous posts...no, I really do believe in paranormal activity. I've experienced it several times myself in different locations and it is quite an experience I tell you.
Post by maggiejones on Aug 15, 2011 19:14:35 GMT -6
28 July 2011, 17.30 | Posted in Books & Magazines
With a forward by Ralph Lauren, Gary Cooper: Enduring Style functions as a monograph of style and an ode to the actor’s elegant style. Rooted in the American ideal of the everyman hero, Cooper’s mixed tailored European pieces with American sportswear, forging a distinctly American (yet thoroughly international) look that would become the blueprint of the masculine all-American wardrobe.
The book compiles many never-before-seen photographs, many by Cooper’s wife Rocky, and compliments the images with thoughts from authors G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janus.
Gary Cooper: Enduring Style releases this November from powerHouse Books.
Pre-order from Amazon.
by G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis
Design by Ruth Ansel
Introduction by Ralph Lauren
"Dressed up like a million-dollar trouper Tryin' hard to look like Gary Cooper / Super duper" -"Puttin' on the Ritz," Irving Berlin (revised lyrics, 1946)
In 1946, when Irving Berlin revised the lyrics to his 1928 "Puttin' on the Ritz" to include those memorable lines, Gary Cooper had been a star for over 15 years, and it would have been hard for most men to look as super duper. He conveyed a straightforwardness and an honest, American handsomeness that seemed to both ignore and rise above the contrived glamour and studied posturing that had characterized so many other film heroes of those early years. No matter what costume he put on, he looked like he owned it. The camera loved him, and so did the box office.
But costume is one thing, and clothes are another. In his private life, and in those many early films where he wore contemporary clothes, he had devised and perfected his own debonair style that combined a perfectly tailored European wardrobe with all-American casual sportswear to produce the first, and still finest example of elegant, international, masculine style rooted in an American ideal of the everyman as hero. From the most casual sports clothing to the most formal white tie and tails, Cooper carried himself with uncontrived conviction.
Gary Cooper: An Enduring Style is the first ever monograph focused on the timeless fashion and allure of this leading man who was a fashion inspiration to his Hollywood peers, clothing designers then and now, and generations of stylish men of every social strata, across the globe. Compiled of unpublished, never-before-seen personal photographs, shot primarily by his wife Rocky, Gary Cooper captures the cars, the mansions and ranches, the guns and gear, and of course the endless outfits for every occasion that this Hollywood icon ensconced himself in throughout the years. Whether hunting with close friend Ernest Hemingway, lounging with Cary Grant, horseback, poolside, or on the beach, on-set or after-hours, in the company of royalty or cowboys, Cooper had the perfect outfit for every occasion, embodying a type of refined masculinity rarely seen and in high demand to this day.
G. Bruce Boyer has been a noted fashion writer and editor for more than 35 years. He was associated with Town & Country magazine as men's fashion editor for 15 years. His articles have also appeared in Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He is the author of multiple books on the subject of men's fashion and has also worked in advertising, PR, and media consulting for companies such as Nordstrom, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Southwick, Bergdorf Goodman, and Gant among others.
Maria Cooper Janis was born in Los Angeles and grew up there with her parents, the actor Gary Cooper and his wife Veronica Cooper. A talented painter, a noted philanthropist, and a filmmaker, Maria married the world-renowned concert pianist, Byron Janis, in 1966.
Ralph Lauren is the Chairman and CEO of Polo Ralph Lauren, a global lifestyle brand representing the best in American design. Lauren's career has spanned four decades, during which he has cultivated the iconography of America-whether it is a reflection of the New England coast, Native American culture, or Hollywood glamour-to create one of the most widely recognized families of consumer brands, worldwide.
Ruth Ansel, art director, designer, and lecturer has collaborated for over four decades with photographers, illustrators, and artists such as Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, Bruce Weber, and Annie Leibovitz. She was the youngest co-art director of Harper's Bazaar magazine in the 60s. She then went on to art direct The New York Times Magazine in the 70s, House & Garden and Vanity Fair in the 80's, and Vogue. In the early 90's she formed her own design studio where she continues to design magazines and books, including a master monograph for Taschen by Peter Beard. A book called Hall of Femmes about Ruth and her celebrated forty-year career was published in 2010. Ruth was the recipient of The Art Directors prestigious 2011 Hall of Fame award.
Post by maggiejones on Aug 28, 2011 3:37:57 GMT -6
TSY STYLE HALL OF FAME | GARY COOPER February 1, 2009
No one before or since, epitomizes elegance and style like the legendary Gary Cooper. No, Cary Grant doesn’t even come close. He was a fashion protege of Gary Cooper without a doubt– even Grant’s stage name was crafted by movie studio executives to look and sound like Cooper’s.
No one has ever worn an ascot as well as Gary Cooper– a look that truly requires sartorial swagger and a deft hand. Cooper was always in command of his clothing– never the other way around.
Gary Cooper had a very discerning eye for fabric, fit and make. Early on he was a regular customer of Anderson & Sheppard on London’s Savile Row. In the 1950s and 1960s, Hollywood became enamored with Italy. Roman tailors Brioni, Carlo Palazi and Bruno de Angelis flourished– dressing Gary Cooper and his peers– Henry Fonda, Clark Gable and Tyrone Power.
“Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him”, Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine, a 600-acre ranch that had originally been a land grant to the builders of the railroad through that part of Montana.
Gary Cooper’s personal style evolved over the years as his sartorial and cowboy sensibilities blended more and more. The result was an elegant eclecticism, that was truly reflective of his personality and lifestyle.
Gary Cooper traveled in interesting circles outside of Hollywood. Notable friends included — Picasso, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and of course — Ernest Hemingway.
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