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Dame Gladys Cooper (1888-1971), Actress

Sitter in 166 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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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

x18912

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1912
NPG x18912

x27515

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
postcard print, (12 July 1912)
NPG x27515

x68976

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned bromide print on card mount, circa 1912
NPG x68976

x193698

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, 12 July 1912
NPG x193698

x193699

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
bromide postcard print, 12 July 1912
NPG x193699

x193700

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, 12 July 1912
NPG x193700

x193702

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 12 July 1912
NPG x193702

x193704

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 12 July 1912
NPG x193704

x193705

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 12 July 1912
NPG x193705

x83032

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 12 July 1912
NPG x83032

x83033

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 12 July 1912
NPG x83033

x102102

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1912
NPG x102102

x102100

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1912
NPG x102100

x102099

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1912
NPG x102099

x102098

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1912
NPG x102098

x102097

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1912
NPG x102097

x102096

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1912
NPG x102096