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Gary Cooper off camera : a daughter remembers
Janis, Maria Cooper.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
Physical Description:
175 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Maria Cooper Janis' heartfelt book offers an unprecedented look at her father's private side, from his Montana boyhood and his Hollywood home life, to his friendships with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Jimmy Stewart.

Author Notes

Maria Cooper Janis is an artist with a special interest in parapsychology. She is married to concert pianist Byron Janis, and together they are involved in several charities, among them Pro Musicis, the American Arthritis Foundation, and the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival. Mrs. Janis has contributed to several television documentaries about her father, including a recent AandE Biography. This is her first book. She and her husband live in New York City.

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Booklist Review

Abrams fields two more in its series of lavish Hollywood histories that earlier included Kevin Brownlow's Mary Pickford Rediscovered [BKL N 1 99]. Janis affords a pleasant if slightly sentimental look at her actor-father, who epitomized the tall-in-the-saddle western persona that many lesser actors would ride into the sunset of financial security. She neither confirms nor denies the various fanciful references made over the years to Coop's personal endowment, but that subject isn't missed, what with all the beautifully reproduced, glorious black-and-white photography on display. Janis' rich, affectionate narrative interweaves her remembrances with the progress of her father's career. In the early 1930s, Hollywood encountered censoriousness in the hinterlands that threatened to foul up the studios' lucrative distribution system. To head off a crazy quilt of state standards, the studios united behind a voluntary production code overseen by Presbyterian elder and former postmaster general Will Hays. Hays brought to the job, Vieira says, "the strategy he used to elect Warren Harding--propaganda films and bribery." It worked against a Massachusetts referendum authorizing a state censor, and the immediate crisis abated. Since the studios pretty much ignored the code, indignation over movie salaciousness resurfaced, and the code was made more stringent and binding. Thus did Hollywood enter an ethereal state in which consummation of a relationship was merely implied. Vieira focuses on films made between the code's adoption and its amendment. The informative text is entertaining, but the pictures are the big treat here. Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, and others appear in particularly protuberant portrayals, and the nude Ramon Navarro as Judah Ben-Hur in 1924 sticks out on the beefcake menu. --Mike Tribby

Table of Contents

Tom Hanks
Introductionp. 6
Letter to My Fatherp. 8
Early Timep. 11
Private Timep. 16
Veronica (Rocky)
Lover, Wife, Friend
An Only Daughter Remembers
Cooper Being Cooper
Gary Cooper and His Indian "Brothers"
In the South Pacific
Back to the Homestead
Family Time
The Three Coopers
And Maria Makes Three
The Traveling Coopers
"See Naples and Die"
Living Our Good Life
Family and Friends
Fred Zinnemann--A Special Friendship
Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper--Papa and Poppa
Play Timep. 106
Sun Valley
Picasso and Cooper
Sports and Hobbies
For the Love of Cars
Hollywood Parties
Underwater Buddies
Movie Timep. 138
A Natural at Westerns
Real-Life Heroes
"The Last Performance"
End Timep. 160
Saying Good-bye
"Sunset in the West"
Epiloguep. 173
Photograph Creditsp. 174
Acknowledgmentsp. 175