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Gladys Cooper Overview:

Character actress, Gladys Cooper, was born Gladys Constance Cooper on Dec 18, 1888 in Lewisham, London. Cooper appeared in over 70 film and television roles. Her best known films include Bette Davis's domineering mother in Now Voyager (1942), skeptical Sister Marie Therese Vauzous in The Song of Bernadette (1943), and Rex Harrison's mother, Mrs. Higgins, in My Fair Lady (1964). Other notable film roles include Rebecca (1940) The Man Who Loved Redheads (1955), Separate Tables (1958) and The Happiest Millionaire (1967). Cooper died at the age of 82 on Nov 17, 1971 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire and was laid to rest in Hampstead Cemetery in Hampstead, Greater London, England.

MINI BIO:

Fair-haired and gracious-looking, Dame Gladys Cooper was one of the loveliest leading ladies on the London stage from the early 1900's on. She went to Hollywood late in her career and stayed for many years playing mainly likeable ladies of the aristocracy.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Cooper was nominated for three Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1942Best Supporting ActressNow, Voyager (1942)Mrs. ValeNominated
1943Best Supporting ActressThe Song of Bernadette (1943)Sister VauzousNominated
1964Best Supporting ActressMy Fair Lady (1964)Mrs. HigginsNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

What a Character:

By The Lady Eve on Nov 10, 2013 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

The What a Character! blogathon is in progress now, hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken and Freckled and Paula's Cinema Club. Click here for more information and links to participating blogs. My entry for the event follows... ~ Young Gladys She was a beautiful child, wide-eyed and wistful, w... Read full article


What a Character:

By The Lady Eve on Nov 10, 2013 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

The What a Character! blogathon is in progress now, hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken and Freckled and Paula's Cinema Club. Click here for more information and links to participating blogs. My entry for the event follows... ~ Young Gladys She was a beautiful child, wide-eyed and wistful, w... Read full article


What a Character:

By The Lady Eve on Nov 10, 2013 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

The What a Character! blogathon is in progress now, hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken and Freckled and Paula's Cinema Club. Click here for more information and links to participating blogs. My entry for the event follows... ~ Young Gladys She was a beautiful child, wide-eyed and wistful,... Read full article


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By Dawn on Jan 18, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Triva: Twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for her performances in Enid Bagnold's "The Chalk Garden" (1956) and in "A Passage to India" (1962).... Read full article


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By Dawn on Oct 19, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

List of some of my favorite Gladys Films: (1949) Madame Bovary Mme. Dupuis (1949) The Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock (1948) Homecoming Mrs. Kirby (1948) The Pirate Aunt Inez (1947) The Bishop's Wife Mrs. Hamilton (1947) Green Dolphin Street Sophie Patourel (1944) Mrs. Parkington Alice - Dutc... Read full article


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Gladys Cooper Quotes:

Aunt Inez: Well, what are you? Some chicken thief or pick-purse?


Mrs. Railton-Bell: I have no curiosity about the working classes.


Mrs. Duke: [singing] There are those whose social standing is constantly demanding. Every single thing we do, the public knows... Then there is a lower strata, where propriety doesn't matter. I suppose, there are those, there are those.
Aunt Mary Drexel: [singing] There are those to whom position is a natural born condition, to be worn with ease like comfortable old clothes. Though the nouveau riche deny it, all their money cannot buy it! Class will out. Goodness knows, but there are those.
Mrs. Duke: There are those who grace the pages of the blue book.
Aunt Mary Drexel: Never heard of it. Is it a new book?
Mrs. Duke: Simply anybody who *is* anybody is listed.
Aunt Mary Drexel: Oh, you mean the New York telephone directory.


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Mother, with Herbert Buckmaster, of actors Joan Buckmaster and John Buckmaster.

Played the mother of Professor Henry Higgins in a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951) television version of Pygmalion and the movie version of the musical My Fair Lady (1964).

Twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for her performances in Enid Bagnold's "The Chalk Garden" (1956) and in "A Passage to India" (1962).

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