Gladys Cooper


Actor
Gladys Cooper

About

Also Known As
Dame Gladys Cooper
Birth Place
Lewisham, England, GB
Born
December 18, 1888
Died
November 17, 1971

Biography

The grand dame of English theater and a prolific screen actress, Gladys Cooper was one of the most revered performers of her generation. She began appearing as a photographic model as a child, and after her stage career began she became a popular pin-up postcard model for British troops during World War I. Her first film appearance was in the silent feature "The Eleventh Commandment" in ...

Photos & Videos

Kitty Foyle - Scene Stills
The Secret Garden - Scene Stills
Gladys Cooper - Publicity Photos

Family & Companions

Philip Merivale
Husband
Actor. Married April 30, 1937; died.

Bibliography

"Without Veils"
Gladys Cooper

Biography

The grand dame of English theater and a prolific screen actress, Gladys Cooper was one of the most revered performers of her generation. She began appearing as a photographic model as a child, and after her stage career began she became a popular pin-up postcard model for British troops during World War I. Her first film appearance was in the silent feature "The Eleventh Commandment" in 1913, but she continued acting on stage, earning notice for work in plays such as Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in 1938 at the Open Air Theatre. Her first important film role was in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca," and she had a supporting role in Alexander Korda's classic romance "That Hamilton Woman." One of her most famous roles came in 1942 when she played the mother of Bette Davis's character in the psychological drama "Now, Voyager"; both she and Davis earned Oscar nominations for their roles. Cooper remained a busy actress throughout the rest of the '40s and '50s and earned another Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her work in the historical drama "The Song of Bernadette." When the golden age of TV began, Cooper found steady work in classic dramatic shows like "Playhouse 90" and "Twilight Zone," appearing in three episodes of Rod Serling's sci-fi classic. Nearing the end of her career she had a starring role in the con-men sitcom "The Rogues" with co-star Charles Boyer, and played Mrs. Higgins in the film musical "My Fair Lady" earning plaudits--and awards--for both roles.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

A Nice Girl Like Me (1969)
Aunt Mary
The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
Aunt Mary Drexel
My Fair Lady (1964)
Mrs. Higgins
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
Mrs. Karoudjian
Separate Tables (1958)
Maude Railton-Bell
The Man Who Loved Redheads (1954)
Caroline
At Sword's Point (1952)
Queen
Thunder on the Hill (1951)
Mother Superior
Madame Bovary (1949)
Mme. Dupuis
The Secret Garden (1949)
Mrs. Medlock
The Bishop's Wife (1948)
Mrs. [Agnes] Hamilton
Homecoming (1948)
Mrs. Kirby
The Pirate (1948)
Aunt Inez
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
Sophie Patourel
The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
Amy Griggs
The Green Years (1946)
Grandma Leckie
Beware Of Pity (1946)
Kiara Condor
The Valley of Decision (1945)
Clarissa Scott
The Song of Bernadette (1945)
Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
Love Letters (1945)
Beatrice Remington
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Lady Jean Ashwood
Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Alice, Duchess of Brancourt
Princess O'Rourke (1943)
Miss Haskell
Forever and a Day (1943)
Mrs. [Nan] Barringer
Mr. Lucky (1943)
Captain Steadman
Eagle Squadron (1942)
Aunt Emmeline
This Above All (1942)
Iris Cathaway
Now, Voyager (1942)
Mrs. Henry Vale
A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
Mrs. Pillby
The Black Cat (1941)
Myrna Hartley
That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Lady Frances Nelson
The Gay Falcon (1941)
Maxine Wood
Rebecca (1940)
Beatrice Lacy
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Mrs. Strafford
The Iron Duke (1935)
Duchess of Angouleme
Bohemian Girl (1922)
Headin' North (1921)
Madge Mullin

Cast (Special)

Pygmalion (1963)
Mrs Higgins

Life Events

1905

Debut as chorus girl

1914

Film acting debut

Photo Collections

Kitty Foyle - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Kitty Foyle (1940), starring Ginger Rogers and Dennis Morgan.
The Secret Garden - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from MGM's The Secret Garden (1949), starring Margaret O'Brien and Dean Stockwell.
Gladys Cooper - Publicity Photos
Here are a few publicity photos of Gladys Cooper.

Videos

Movie Clip

Green Dolphin Street (1947) - The Tide May Not Wait None of the principals appear here (except Donna Reed and Lana Turner, as the sisters Patourel, in a portrait) but MGM’s intentions are declared, Dame May Whitty oversees the convent on the fictional Channel Island of St. Pierre, a boffo SF/X backdrop and a visit to Gladys Cooper as the mom, in the 1947 disaster melodrama Green Dolphin Street.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - I'm Bold And Scheming Introduction of the sisters Patourel, on a fictional Channel Island ca. 1840, Donna Reed as Marguerite with their mom (Gladys Cooper), and Lana Turner as self-assured (and brunette!) Marianne with papa (Edmund Gwenn), noticing the arrival of a hunky new neighbor (Richard Hart), not knowing yet that his father was her mother’s major first love, early in MGM’s Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Separate Tables (1958) - Don't Get Into One Of Your States Opening scene, Delbert Mann directing, from Terence Rattigan’s screenplay based on his international hit play, we meet David Niven in his Academy Award-winning role as Major Pollock, Deborah Kerr as Sibyl, Gladys Cooper her mother, in Separate Tables, 1958.
Separate Tables (1958) - Mayfair From Head To Foot Early evening at the Hotel Beauregard, guests (Felix Aylmer, May Hallatt, Cathleen Nesbitt, Gladys Cooper) are not expecting Rita Hayworth, as Ann Shankland, greeted by proprietor Pat (Wendy Hiller), and seeking a guest we’ve not yet met, in Separate Tables, 1958.
Separate Tables (1958) - Propulsive Powers Of Irish Whiskey Sybil, her mother and Lady Matheson (Debora Herr, Gladys Cooper, Cathleen Nesbitt) react to the first appearance of Burt Lancaster as rogue-ish John Malcolm, whom we quickly learn has important relations with the hotel owner Pat (Wendy Hiller), in Separate Tables, 1958.
Song Of Bernadette, The (1945) - This Girl Is Not Deserving Not bright Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) at school in Lourdes, scolded by her teacher (Gladys Cooper), defended somewhat by her sister (Ermadean Walters), all of them visited by Dean Peymarale (Charles Bickford), early in The Song Of Bernadette, 1945.
Secret Garden, The (1949) - I'd Hoped You Might Be Beautiful Orphan Mary (Margaret O'Brien), caught while seeking the source of the night time screaming, is summoned to see her mysterious uncle (Herbert Marshall) who's adopted her, in The Secret Garden, 1949, directed by Fred M. Wilcox.
Bishop's Wife, The (1948) - Lost April Dudley (Cary Grant),who has not informed anyone but the bishop (David Niven) that he's an angel, plays a song composed for the usually frosty Mrs. Hamilton (Gladys Cooper) on the harp in director Henry Koster's The Bishop's Wife, 1948, from a Robert Nathan story.
Now, Voyager (1942) - He Wishes He Understood Me Psych patient Charlotte (Bette Davis), using her pseudonym, seen here for the first time since being sent on a cruise by Dr. Jaquith (Claude Rains), gets paired with fellow passenger Jerry (Paul Henreid, his first appearance) by the cruise director (Franklin Pangborn), in Now, Voyager, 1942.
Now, Voyager (1942) - My Daughter's Bad Manners Scary Boston matron Mrs. Vale (Gladys Cooper) just tolerates daughter-in-law Lisa (Ilka Chase) bringing gracious prominent shrink Jaquith (Claude Rains) to meet troubled daughter Charlotte (Bette Davis, opening one of her finer performances), early in Now, Voyager, 1942.
Pirate, The (1948) - Open, Manuela Opening credits, musical samples and the introduction of Judy Garland as Manuela, in the only MGM musical she made that lost money, directed by her husband Vincente Minnelli, in The Pirate, 1948, co-starring Gene Kelly, songs by Cole Porter.
Valley Of Decision, The (1945) - I Got The First Boat Back Valley Of Decision, The (1945) -- (Movie Clip) I Got The First Boat Back

Trailer

Companions

Philip Merivale
Husband
Actor. Married April 30, 1937; died.

Bibliography

"Without Veils"
Gladys Cooper