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Dame Gladys Cooper (1888-1971), Actress

Sitter in 165 portraits
Actress. One of the great figures of 20th Century theatre, Cooper started as a chorus girl at the Gaiety Theatre in The Girls of Gottenberg (1907), and returned the following year as a 'travelling newspaper beauty' in Havana. Of all the picture-postcard beauties of the First World War, she was the most popular. She was created a Dame in 1967. In 1971 she wrote, 'Who cares how old I am? Who cares how long ago it was since I first played Peter Pan? ... this is the performance that matters. This is the challenge...just before the curtain rises is still a good time. The air is promise crammed'.

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x131515

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131515

x131516

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131516

x131517

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131517

x131518

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131518

x1141

Phyllis Neilson-Terry; Madge Kendal; Dame Gladys Cooper

by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
half-plate glass negative, early 1910s
NPG x1141

x18900

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1910
NPG x18900

x18901

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1910
NPG x18901

x18902

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1910
NPG x18902

x81004

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1910
NPG x81004

x81005

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate negative, 1910
NPG x81005

x9075

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Claude Harris
vintage bromide print, 1910s-1920s
NPG x9075

Ax160300

Dame Gladys Cooper

probably by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
hand-coloured matte bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG Ax160300

Ax160302

Dame Gladys Cooper

probably by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
hand-coloured matte bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG Ax160302

Ax160301

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Sarony & Co
hand-coloured matte bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG Ax160301

x137474

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Sarony & Co
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, circa 1910
NPG x137474

x18791

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x18791

x18792

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x18792

x18793

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x18793

x18794

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x18794

x18795

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x18795