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Dame Gladys Cooper (1888-1971), Actress

Sitter associated with 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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Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x193697

Dame Gladys Cooper as Eva in 'The Girls of Gottenberg'

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
hand-coloured postcard print, 1907
NPG x193697

x127524

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x193701

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG x193701

x193706

Dame Gladys Cooper; Joan Morley (nee Buckmaster)

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG x193706

x18796

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x33203

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x33204

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x81077

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1912
NPG x81077

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
vintage bromide postcard print, 12 July 1912
NPG x193702

x193703

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, 12 July 1912
NPG x193703

x193704

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x193705

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x193696

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
hand-coloured postcard print, 1913
NPG x193696

x38393

Dame Gladys Cooper

by James Abbe
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG x38393

Ax24993

Dame Gladys Cooper in 'The Betrothal'

by H. Haweis
bromide print, 1921
NPG Ax24993

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Dame Gladys Cooper in 'The Betrothal'

by Howard Instead
matte bromide print, 1921
NPG Ax24996