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“Cooper was heroic, of course, in his own mind as much as in his scripts. He was manly, tall, ruggedly handsome. He was a man for a fight.”
On screen he was the ultimate all-American hero: lean, laconic, and masculine, a lone sheriff battling his enemies in High Noon, or a tough individualist in The Fountainhead. Off-screen he bedded a host of leading ladies and carefully honed his image, making hundreds of movies and winning two Oscars in the process. The acclaimed film writer David Thomson explores the career and the contradictions of “Coop,” the star who lived the dream in the golden age of Hollywood.
Gary Cooper died six days after his sixtieth birthday, on 13 May 1961, having made over a hundred movies. Only a couple of weeks before his own death â€“ when that outcome was certain â€“ he and his wife, Rocky, sent a cable to their friend Ernest Hemingway. They had heard that the depressed author was having electroshock treatment. All they said in the cable was, â€˜Whatâ€™s there to say except that you have our love?â€™ They were not close enough to Hemingway to know all his troubles, from paranoia to writerâ€™s
PRAISE FOR DAVID THOMSON:
“David Thomson is, without doubt, the greatest living film historian.” —ALLEN BARRA, Los Angeles Times