One of the renowned actors in the early ’30s was Gary Cooper. He was amongst the few who had created a niche for himself in Hollywood. Born in the countryside of Montana to British parents who had shifted from Buckinghamshire and known as Frank James he was put up in Dunstable Grammar School for pursuing his schooling.
Later he came back to the US and he started his career as Cartoonist for a local newspaper at Montana where he kept posting drawings of candidates who were contesting for the elections.
Further, he made his debut in Hollywood after he shifted with his parents in Los Angeles and began working as an extra till 1925. He starred in “The Winning of Barbara Worth.” His performance was widely recognized and he was sought by Paramount Studios. Later he went to be hitting indecent drunks, managing cattle and basically be a curse of the bad men in the west.
Cooper tied the knot with Veronica Balfe in 1933, and she was fondly called as Sandra Shaw. They shared a daughter Maria born in 1938.
He visited England just twice after the war in 1953 for a movie screening where he was introduced before the Queen and again in 1960 to debut his picture “Whodunit”, The Naked Edge at Elstree.
His part in films was not commercial or more but he was in the industry in 30 years just to enjoy success.