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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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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

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

x40069

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1963
NPG x40069

x40070

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1963
NPG x40070

x76250

Dame Gladys Cooper; Dinah Sheridan

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

x76261

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x165647

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 26 September 1970
NPG x165647

x165648

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 26 September 1970
NPG x165648

D34108

Gladys Cooper

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

D268

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Anthony Wysard
pencil and watercolour
NPG D268

D52

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x18559

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative
NPG x18559

x18560

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative
NPG x18560

x127522

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x127523

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

x127524

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

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

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