Dame Gladys Cooper

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Dame Gladys Cooper, by Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), 1920s? - NPG 5564 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel)
oil on canvas, 1920s?
36 1/4 in. x 28 in. (921 mm x 711 mm)
Purchased, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5564

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Gladys Cooper appeared on stage from 1905 and in films from 1914, and managed the Playhouse (1922-33). Her notable stage successes included The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1922) and The Chalk Garden (1955, 1971). In 1940 a Hollywood career which would last thirty years began with a small role in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca. She is seen in this portrait wearing a bandeau, a piece of jewellery greatly in vogue during the Art Deco period.

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