Gladys Cooper

Actor, Chorus girl
The grand dame of English theater and a prolific screen actress, Gladys Cooper was one of the most revered performers of her generation. She began appearing as a photographic model as a child, and after her stage career ... Read more »
Born: 12/18/1888 in Lewisham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (30)

A Nice Girl Like Me 1969 (Movie)

Aunt Mary (Actor)

Happiest Millionaire 1966 (Movie)

Aunt Mary Drexel (Actor)

The Rogues 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

Mrs Higgins (Actor)

The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Karoudjian (Actor)

Separate Tables 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Railton-Bell (Actor)

On Trial 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Loved Redheads 1955 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Thunder on the Hill 1951 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

The Pirate 1948 (Movie)

Aunt Inez (Actor)

Green Dolphin Street 1947 (Movie)

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Beware of Pity 1945 (Movie)

Kiara Condor (Actor)

Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

Alice - Duchess de Brancourt (Actor)

Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Mrs. Henry Barringer (Actor)

The Song of Bernadette 1942 (Movie)

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Now, Voyager 1941 (Movie)

Mrs Henry Vale (Actor)

Rebecca 1940 (Movie)

Beatrice Lacey (Actor)

The Black Cat 1940 (Movie)

Myrna Hartley (Actor)

Kitty Foyle (Movie)

Mrs. Strafford (Actor)

Love Letters (Movie)

Beatrice Remington (Actor)

Madame Bovary (Movie)

Mme. Dupuis (Actor)

Mr. Lucky (Movie)

Capt. Steadman (Actor)

That Hamilton Woman (Movie)

Lady Nelson (Actor)

The Gay Falcon (Movie)

Maxine (Actor)

The Green Years (Movie)

Grandma Leckie (Actor)

The Iron Duke (Movie)

Duchess of Angouleme (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

The White Cliffs of Dover (Movie)

Lady Jean Ashwood (Actor)

This Above All (Movie)

Iris (Actor)

Valley of Decision (Movie)

Clarissa Scott (Actor)

Biography

The grand dame of English theater and a prolific screen actress, Gladys Cooper was one of the most revered performers of her generation. She began appearing as a photographic model as a child, and after her stage career began she became a popular pin-up postcard model for British troops during World War I. Her first film appearance was in the silent feature "The Eleventh Commandment" in 1913, but she continued acting on stage, earning notice for work in plays such as Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in 1938 at the Open Air Theatre. Her first important film role was in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca," and she had a supporting role in Alexander Korda's classic romance "That Hamilton Woman." One of her most famous roles came in 1942 when she played the mother of Bette Davis's character in the psychological drama "Now, Voyager"; both she and Davis earned Oscar nominations for their roles. Cooper remained a busy actress throughout the rest of the '40s and '50s and earned another Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her work in the historical drama "The Song of Bernadette." When the golden age of TV began, Cooper found steady work in classic dramatic shows like "Playhouse 90" and "Twilight Zone," appearing in three episodes of Rod Serling's sci-fi classic. Nearing the end of her career she had a starring role in the con-men sitcom "The Rogues" with co-star Charles Boyer, and played Mrs. Higgins in the film musical "My Fair Lady" earning plaudits--and awards--for both roles.

Relationships

Philip Merivale Actor

Husband
Married April 30, 1937 until his death 1946

Ivor Novello Actor

Companion

Milestones

1914

Film acting debut

1905

Debut as chorus girl

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