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Gladys Cooper

Highest Rated:   100% Mr. Lucky (1943)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Nice Girl Like Me
  • Aunt Mary
1969
No Score Yet The Happiest Millionaire
  • Aunt Mary Drexel
1967
96% My Fair Lady
  • Mrs. Higgins
1964
69% The List of Adrian Messenger
  • Mrs. Karoudjian
1963
77% 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
71% The Pirate
  • Aunt Inez
1948
No Score Yet Homecoming
  • Mrs. Kirby
1948
82% The Bishop's Wife
  • Mrs. Hamilton
1948
No Score Yet Green Dolphin Street
  • Sophie Patourel
1947
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
No Score Yet The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Lady Jean Ashwood
1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • Alice, Duchess De Brancourt
1944
80% 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
  • Capt. Veronica Steadman
1943
91% 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
75% Kitty Foyle
  • Mrs. Strafford
1940
100% Rebecca
  • Beatrice Lacy
1940
No Score Yet The Iron Duke
  • Madame
1934

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Millie McKenzie Miss Elva Keene Wanda Dunn
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962

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