Tag Archives: Gary Cooper

Seen Recently: Meet John Doe (1941), A Short Film About Love (1988), The Heiress (1949)

Meet John Doe directed by Frank Capra In his autobiography, Frank Capra opens the section on Meet John Doe with these words: Making a film out of Meet John Doe proved to be as full of surprises as breaking a … Continue reading

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Some Island snapshots

– “I cannot imagine how a casual reference to Suetonius and Petronius Arbiter can be construed into evidence of a desire to impress by an assumption of superior knowledge. I should fancy that the most ordinary of scholars is perfectly … Continue reading

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20 Favorite Actors

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The Books: “As I Am: An Autobiography” (Patricia Neal)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: As I Am: An Autobiography, by Patricia Neal This is one of those rare books where my response to it was, “Dear God, it’s me, Sheila. Could you please give Patricia Neal a break? Hasn’t … Continue reading

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The Books: “Cooper’s Women” (Jane Ellen Wayne)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Cooper’s women, by Jane Ellen Wayne This is not an “important” biography. It’s not a biography at all, really. It is a list of Gary Cooper’s many conquests, written in a chatty movie-magazine style, and … Continue reading

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Culture Snapshots

– I’m reading A Widow for One Year by John Irving and also The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian. Awesome counterpoint. Both superb writers in their own way. – Thank you, dear Siobhan, for introducing me to the amazing … Continue reading

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Archie Leach day: Cary Grant’s streetcar

Cary Grant and Peter Bogdanovich were very good friends, despite the age difference, and also their wildly different ways of handling celebrity status. Cary Grant kept as low a profile as he possibly could, and did his best to avoid … Continue reading

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3 Similar Actor Stories

My archives suck – and it is my goal in 2008 to find a way to make my archives more easily searchable (for myself as well). I came across this old post I wrote a bazillion years ago, in the … Continue reading

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Ingrid Bergman: Monday’s Glamour Series

Go read here. I liked this part: The 125,000 he got for her services in Casablanca translated to 35,000 for Bergman, plus a show she had little interest in making. The one she wanted was For Whom The Bell Tolls, … Continue reading

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Who Is The Dullest Man?

Ava Gardner was asked, “So – who is the dullest man in Hollywood? Clark Gable or Gary Cooper?” Ava thought a bit and then said, “Well, if you ask Clark ‘How are you doing?’ he’s stuck for an answer.”

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