Tag Archives: Gary Cooper

20 Favorite Actors

Joining the fun that’s been going on, and to quote Nathaniel who started this whole thing: “In no particular order and extremely subject to change.” For example: where the hell is Robert Mitchum? And William H. Macy? And Sean Penn … Continue reading

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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

Three different actors, three different acting styles and “methods” – but it’s basically the same story. 1. Clark Gable Arthur Miller had written the part of the aging cowboy who falls in love with the girl in The Misfits for … 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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Carole Lombard

I’ve been reading a perfectly HORRIBLE biography of Gary Cooper, Cooper’s Women (and by “perfectly horrible” I mean “salacious and awesome”) and there’s a lot of great stuff in there about Carole Lombard . Lombard and Cooper “dated” before she … Continue reading

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Such a New York day

I went to 8th Street to go shoe-shopping. A couple of my favorite pairs of shoes are basically falling apart so I need replacements. Also, I just want some big stomping motorcycle boots. The day was cold – after a … Continue reading

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High Noon On the Big Screen

Seeing High Noon in a packed hushed movie theatre – up on the big-screen – was awesome. There were a couple of yahoos who just came to scorn it – but they were the kind of jackasses who scorn any … Continue reading

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