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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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Dame Gladys Cooper as Mrs Higgins in 'My Fair Lady', by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40067

Dame Gladys Cooper as Mrs Higgins in 'My Fair Lady'

by Cecil Beaton
bromide contact print from 10 x 8 inch negative, 13 November 1963
NPG x40067

Dame Gladys Cooper as Mrs Higgins in 'My Fair Lady', by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40068

Dame Gladys Cooper as Mrs Higgins in 'My Fair Lady'

by Cecil Beaton
bromide contact print from 10 x 8 inch negative, 13 November 1963
NPG x40068

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40069

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1963
NPG x40069

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40070

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1963
NPG x40070

Dame Gladys Cooper; Dinah Sheridan, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x76250

Dame Gladys Cooper; Dinah Sheridan

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1967
NPG x76250

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x76261

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1969
NPG x76261

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165647

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 26 September 1970
NPG x165647

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165648

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 26 September 1970
NPG x165648

Gladys Cooper, after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), and after  John Hassall - NPG D34108

Gladys Cooper

after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), and after John Hassall
lithograph, early 20th century
NPG D34108

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Anthony Wysard - NPG D268

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Anthony Wysard
pencil and watercolour
NPG D268

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D52

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink and wash, 1938
NPG D52

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative
NPG x18559

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative
NPG x18560

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass copy negative, 1906
NPG x127522

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film copy negative, 1906
NPG x127523

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass copy negative, 1910
NPG x127524

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x18796

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x33203

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x33204

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