Gary Cooper : American hero

by Meyers, Jeffrey.

Format: Print Book 1998
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Brentwood Library Biography 92 Cooper Gary
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Northern Tier Regional Library Biography BIO COOPER
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The first definitive biography of Gary Cooper, national icon of the American Dream, from one of our most distinguished biographers.

In classic films such as "High Noon," Gary Cooper came to symbolize American ideals of self-reliance, independence, and integrity, but his turbulent private life was often at odds with his squeaky-clean public persona.

The off-screen Cooper was anything but simple -- behind Gary Cooper's American Dream facade lay a tempestuous life. As this meticulously researched book tracks his film career in fascinating detail, it tells the parallel tale of his complicated relationships with Marlene Dietrich and Patricia Neal (to name only two of many), his involvement with the House Un-American Activities Committee and the Hollywood black-list, and his long friendship with Ernest Hemingway.

With the full cooperation of the actor's daughter as well as such colleagues and close friends as Arlene Dahl and Fay Wray, Meyers examines every aspect of Cooper's life, beginning with his youth in Montana where he was a real cowboy before making the leap to Hollywood. There he created some of the quintessential screen westerns in movie history -- awkward, honest men who captured America's imagination with an irresistible air of aw-shucks simplicity. Gary Cooper is a robust portrait of a great star whose contradictions only enhance the artistry with which he created some of the most unforgettable and enduring characters of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Tall, laconic, stoic, and strong, Gary Cooper defined the American movie leading man back when John Wayne was still churning out cheapie oaters and serials. In his prime, he was as famous for being a Hollywood Don Juan (Kenneth Anger's Hollywood exposes reveal precisely why) as for his onscreen accomplishments. By 1951, though, he was no longer one of the top 10 box-office draws. Then he was cast in the low-budget High Noon, and cinematic immortality became his. He might have been well remembered, anyway, for having been caught up in America's post^-World War II anti-Communist fervor. A conservative Republican, he declared he "could never take any of this pinko mouthing" and opined that the U.S. should outlaw the Communist Party. Coop didn't like to complicate things, including acting, and, Meyers says, his hesitant delivery of dialogue was a result of being unable to remember his lines. The rest of Meyers' deft, unshakably evenhanded portrait of an unforgettable star features many more such details. --Mike Tribby"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "On screen, Cooper (1901-1961) was the tall, lean AmericanÄcowboy, soldier, baseball playerÄwho embodied the ideals of duty, honor and integrity in a beguiling natural acting style. Off screen, he was the tall, lean American whose hedonism conflicted with the types of heroic roles that made him famous, most notably Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Marshall Will Kane in High Noon (1952), for which he won his second Oscar (the first came in 1942 for Sgt. York). In this diligent biography, Meyers (Bogart: A Life in Hollywood) relies heavily on abridging Cooper's films and drawing analogies to his life. (He finds that Love in the Afternoon [1957] "reflected Cooper's relations with his mistresses," for example.) Cooper turned his personal charm, "ravishing androgyny" and riding skills into a film career that spanned more than 30 years, from 1925 to his death. The democratic hero of the movies had a British education; voted Republican; was a "friendly" witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee (though he never named names); and loved the trappings of wealth. But until mid-career, Meyer notes, Cooper was more famous for his tempestuous affairs with stars like Lupe Velez, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly and Patricia Neal for than his acting ability. While Meyers ably assembles these aspects of Cooper's character, his account of the Montana-born icon never quite gets up to a full gallop. 16 pages of b&w photo insert not seen by PW. Reader's Digest book condensation. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cooper, Gary, -- 1901-1961.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :W. Morrow,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xiii, 379 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Filmography: pages [361]-362.
Includes bibliographical references (pages [363]-367) and index.
ISBN 0688154948 (alk. paper)
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