BORN 18 Dec 1888, London: 23 Ennersdale Road, Hither Green, Lewisham - DIED 17 Nov 1971, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire|
REAL NAME Cooper, Gladys Constance
GRAVE LOCATION London: Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green Road, Camden (Near the fence opposite the funeral chapels)
Gladys Cooper was the daughter of the journalist journalist William Frederick Cooper. She started in her teens in musical comedy and pantomine. She also appeared in silent movies and was a model to the painter Herbert Thomas Dicksee. From 1917 to 1933 she was the manager of the Playhouse Theatre where she also performed herself.
During the 1930 she also appeared on Broadway and in 1940 she went to Hollywood. She appeared in "Rebecca" (1940), "My Fair Lady" (1964). She was nominated for an Academy Award three times.
She was married three times. Her last husband was the actor Philip Merivale and their marriage lasted from 1937 until his death in 1946. In 1967 she became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. As late as 1970-1971 she appeared on the stage in "The Chalk Garden" by Enid Bagnold.
Crawford, Anne and others, The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women, Europa Publications Ltd, London, 1983
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