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Gary Cooper: American hero

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Published to coincide with his centennial in May 2001, this definitive biography of a Hollywood icon portrays actor Gary Cooper as a man of complex and sophisticated tastes, as well as large appetites. Meyers offers a riveting, inside look at Cooper's career; his tempestuous relationships with Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Clara Bow, and Tallulah Bankhead; and his legendary ...more
384 pages
Published March 31st 2001 by Robert Hale (first published 1998)
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David
Nov 15, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as I have other biographies of Hollywood stars and notables in other fields because a good biographer (and Jeffrey Meyers is very good) distills the star's life into a comprehensible essence. Cooper was, and still is, admired for the way he performs as an actor. His real life was quite different, but it's the essence of his existence that makes him act the way we perceive him on screen. The character that he portrays is merely a vehicle. "High Noon" was underneath it all about H ...more
Graceann
Nov 28, 2007 Graceann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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What a godawful book. Gary Cooper was so interesting, and so complex that whether you like him or not, reading a book about him should be an enlightening experience. This opinionated, spoiler-filled, lousy piece of kindling was an insult to Cooper and his films. My Amazon review goes into specific issues with Meyers' lack
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Toni
Nov 26, 2014 Toni rated it liked it
I'm reading the book originally published in 1998. Didn't realize there were so many versions out there. The older versions, when the actor is young, vital and important to the Hollywood cash machine read more like an "in depth" People mag article. Right. You read that correctly.
The more recent bios, or less delicately said, after the star is deceased, more can be said.
Up to chapter 6 and love reading about the dashing actor. His main flaw, ahh, (dramatically waving a fan), is that he loves wo
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Jaime Contreras
Jul 24, 2011 Jaime Contreras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a superior biography about an incredible and respected actor. Although his private life was always getting him in the gossip columns, Mr. Cooper kept it private. Mr. Cooper was a passionate man who loved women, being a cowboy and making movies. He was the consummate professional who could be counted on to deliver on screen. He is known for many memorable roles but always saw himself as a man and a father. I enjoyed reading about him and was surprised by some of his romantic escapades. I ...more
Dkeslin
Jul 23, 2009 Dkeslin rated it liked it
I was impressed as to how "down home" the guy from Montana really was. Although rocketed to fame and led a fast Hollywood lifestyle before he married a wealthy society lady from the East, he remained a cowboy at heart. He was the perfect cowboy as his early life was as a real rancher and cowpoke. I didn't realize how famous a Hollywood star he really was until reading this book. By 1939, he was the highest paid star in the world.
Jane
Jun 30, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
Interesting read. I learned more about the investigations done in Hollywood by House of Un-American Committee and how the 'studio system' worked. Meyers does nice job summarizing the plots of all Cooper's movies. Meyers must have done tons of research because he has quotes from almost everyone connected to the star - professionally and from his private life. I'm going to read other biographies he's written.
Kirk Morrison
Dec 31, 2011 Kirk Morrison rated it it was ok
"Coop" was a real American icon. He deserves a definitive biography- however I don't think this is it. Meyers seems to want to write a typical gossipy Hollywood celeb book and I thought that approach detracted from my interest.
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Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently been given an Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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