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Dame Gladys Cooper

(1888-1971), Actress

Sitter in 172 portraits
A great British figure of twentieth-century theatre, Cooper started her career as a chorus girl in The Girls of Gottenberg (1907) with George Edwardes's company at the Gaiety theatre in London, returning the following year as a 'travelling newspaper beauty' in Havana. She was the most popular picture-postcard beauty of the First World War. In 1916, she began to act at the Playhouse, later becoming its manager - one of few women before the Second World War to manage a West End theatre. In 1940, a small role in Hitchcock's Rebecca led to a thirty-year Hollywood career. Notable film successes include Now, Voyager (1942), The Song of Bernadette (1943) and My Fair Lady (1964). She was created a Dame in 1967.

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Dame Gladys Cooper, by Rita Martin, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x131514

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131514

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Rita Martin, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x131515

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131515

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Rita Martin, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x131516

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131516

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Rita Martin, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x131517

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131517

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Rita Martin, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x131518

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x131518

Phyllis Neilson-Terry; Madge Kendal; Dame Gladys Cooper, by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston) - NPG x1141

Phyllis Neilson-Terry; Madge Kendal; Dame Gladys Cooper

by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
half-plate glass negative, 1910s
NPG x1141

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18900

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1910
NPG x18900

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18901

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1910
NPG x18901

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18902

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1910
NPG x18902

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81004

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1910
NPG x81004

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81005

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate negative, 1910
NPG x81005

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Claude Harris - NPG x9075

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Claude Harris
vintage bromide print, 1910s-1920s
NPG x9075

Dame Gladys Cooper, probably by Bassano Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax160300

Dame Gladys Cooper

probably by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
hand-coloured matte bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG Ax160300

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Rita Martin, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax160302

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
hand-coloured matte bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG Ax160302

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Sarony & Co - NPG Ax160301

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Sarony & Co
hand-coloured matte bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG Ax160301

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Sarony & Co - NPG x137474

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Sarony & Co
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, circa 1910
NPG x137474

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Bassano Ltd, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x193701

Dame Gladys Cooper

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

Dame Gladys Cooper; Joan Morley (née Buckmaster), by Bassano Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x193706

Dame Gladys Cooper; Joan Morley (née Buckmaster)

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

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18791

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x18791

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18792

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 October 1912
NPG x18792

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