Gladys Cooper

Gladys Cooper

Highest Rated: 100% Mr. Lucky (1943)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

Birthday: Dec 18, 1888

Birthplace: Not Available

Widely acclaimed as one of the great beauties of the stage, British actress Gladys Cooper had the added advantage of great talent. Daughter of a London magazine editor, she made her stage bow at age 17 in a Colchester production of Bluebell in Fairyland; at 19, she was a member of the "Gaiety Girls," a famous and famously attractive chorus-girl line. Graduating to leading roles, Cooper was particularly popular with young stage door johnnies; during World War I, she was the British troops' most popular "pin-up." Switching from light comedy to deep drama in the 1920s, Cooper retained her following, even when leaving England for extended American appearances after her 1934 Broadway debut in The Shining Hour. She made subsequent New York appearances in Shakespearean roles, thereafter achieving nationwide fame with her many Hollywood film appearances (she'd first acted before the cameras way back in 1911 in a British one-reeler, Eleventh Commandment). Now past fifty but still strikingly attractive, Cooper was often cast as aristocratic ladies whose sharp-tongued cattiness was couched in feigned politeness; her film parts ranged from Bette Davis' overbearing mother in Now Voyager (1941) to the hidden murderess in a Universal "B" horror, The Black Cat (1941). Returning to the London stage in 1947, Cooper remained there for several years before returning to Broadway in The Chalk Garden(1955). New York was again regaled by her in 1962 when she played Mrs. Moore in A Passage to India (the role which won Peggy Ashcroft an Oscar when Passage was filmed over 20 years later). The years 1960-1964 were particularly busy for Cooper on TV and in films; she won her third Oscar nomination for her role as Prof. Henry Higgins' mother in My Fair Lady (1964), starred as the matriarch of a family of genteel swindlers on the TV series The Rogues (1964), and even found time to co-star with a very young Robert Redford on a 1962 episode of The Twilight Zone. Made a Dame Commander of the O.B.E. in 1967, Cooper had no plans for slowing down in her eighties, even though she was appalled by the "let it all hang out" theatre offerings of the era. Cooper was planning to tour in a Canadian revival of Chalk Garden in 1971 when she contracted pneumonia and died in November of that year.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Nice Girl Like Me Aunt Mary 1969
50% The Happiest Millionaire Aunt Mary Drexel 1967
95% My Fair Lady Mrs. Higgins 1964
67% The List of Adrian Messenger Mrs. Karoudjian 1963
69% Separate Tables Mrs. Railton-Bell 1958
No Score Yet The Man Who Loved Redheads Caroline 1955
No Score Yet At Sword's Point Queen 1952
No Score Yet Thunder on the Hill Mother Superior 1951
No Score Yet Madame Bovary Mme. Dupuis 1949
No Score Yet The Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock 1949
73% The Pirate Aunt Inez 1948
No Score Yet Homecoming Mrs. Kirby 1948
83% The Bishop's Wife Mrs. Hamilton 1948
No Score Yet Green Dolphin Street Sophie Patourel 1947
No Score Yet The Cockeyed Miracle Amy Griggs 1946
No Score Yet The Green Years Grandma Leckie 1946
No Score Yet Beware of Pity Klara Condor 1946
No Score Yet Love Letters Beatrice Remington 1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Clarissa Scott 1945
80% The White Cliffs of Dover Lady Jean Ashwood 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Alice, Duchess De Brancourt 1944
86% The Song of Bernadette Sister Vauzous 1943
No Score Yet Princess O'Rourke Miss Haskell 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Mrs. Barringer 1943
100% Mr. Lucky Veronica Steadman Capt. Veronica Steadman 1943
92% Now, Voyager Mrs. Henry Vale 1942
No Score Yet This Above All Iris 1942
No Score Yet The Black Cat Myrna Hartley 1941
No Score Yet The Gay Falcon Actor 1941
100% That Hamilton Woman Lady Nelson 1941
No Score Yet A Yank in the RAF Mrs. Pillby 1941
80% Kitty Foyle Mrs. Strafford 1940
100% Rebecca Beatrice Lacy 1940
No Score Yet The Iron Duke Madame 1934


No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Laura Mrs. Raydon 1964
82% The Twilight Zone
Millie McKenzie Miss Elva Keene Wanda Dunn 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Mrs. Gillespie 1957


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