What daughter wouldn’t love that sweet moment captured in time?
It was on the location set of the iconic western movie "High Noon." My father is in costume as the Marshall of Hadleyville . The cast and crew were taking a much needed ‘break in shooting after a long, hot, dusty day. My father strolled over to a little ice creme vendor cart and shared this cooling treat with his teen age daughter—me!!
A favorite photo taken by my great uncle Cedric Gibbons- the Art Director of MGM for 36 years ( and the person who designed the OSCAR)
My father is young, handsome, with the sensitivity that was characteristic of his acting already showing in his face.
According to his Mother Alice Cooper, his looks harked back to a cousin in England. They obviously shared the good looks gene, but not sadly the good health one. Cousin Cooper died at age 104 and only because he stepped on a nail and got tetanus poisoning …my father, not so lucky, died at age 60 from smoking!
Ernest Hemingway, my Mother Rocky, and Father.
Of course this famous great" Slim Aarons photo The Kings of Hollywood’’ New Years Eve celebrating at Romanoffs restaurant.
It captures the Elegance and fun together of 4 buddies…
Photo Credit: Slim Aarons
Moments to remember of our meetings with Pablo Picasso and the “charged” high energy athmosphere around him. Here, he is signing one of his Ceramic lamp designs which he then gave to my mother.
What an evening at home was like in our favorite corner of a very large living room…where we relaxed, watched television, talked and played with our 4 footed friends, one of whom you see showing off for my father, while my mother and I worked on needlepoint pillows .
A family portrait. My mother organized this photo shoot at home as we never had a formal “family “ picture even with all the thousands of images taken. We knew my father was seriously ill, but this picture captured a moment of our unique and wonderful life together.
Being out in nature or behind the wheel of his favorite cars was when Gary Cooper was at his happiest.
Here, this special, “souped up” Jaguar was part of his stable.
Did I realize how scary what he did for a living was? Guess that is why I was not allowed to see my father in a movie until I was 7 years old. He did a majority of his own stunts and was a beautiful rider.
A party at home… We all had the great pleasure of hearing Sammy Davis jr.seranade us after dinner. He had recently moved to Hollywood and in this photo joined in the after dinner jam sessions that often happened around our piano —making music with some of our friends like Judy Garland, Sinatra or Tony Martin.
Can you guess which young man is Gary (he was still called Frank James Cooper)?
Always we had dogs and always other animals. It was like a little farm in Brentwood of old - 1936.
A favorite weekend getaway - riding on the beaches near Malibu. They kept the horses up in the hills and it was a welcome gallop on the sand at the edge of the surf. It looks like my mother was enjoying the special attention of her husband.
I see this photo and actually really remember the moments as we sat on the stones and looked out over the beginnings of the Grand Canyon.
Arno, our beloved boxer, a sweetheart. Notice my father’s wearing his favorite shoes - the Indian moccasins he made for himself as well as my mother and me.
Sketching with my father on the rocks near Antibes in the South of France. I loved when we were both able to sit together and draw.
Sketching my father while he was waiting for the next shot while filming his last movie in London - The Naked Edge.
One of our “family concerts” the harmonica sound obviously got to Arno and Gretel’s ears and started them competing for the loudest howl!
These two guys, Tony Quinn and Gary Cooper, had a ball on location. They were friends and this was not their first picture together.
Tradition continues on my 21st birthday. A family birthday tradition for me from my Mother and Father a bouquet of Lilly of the valley and sweetheart roses.
Cooper speaking to the troops in the South Pacific during WW2. They all wanted him to recite the baseball great Lou Gerhig’s famous farewell speech
My father sitting by the rier that ran through the bottom of their family’s ranch . I wonder what his memories were bringing into focus.
A special moment in all our lives—an audience with Pope Pius the 12th.
80 of our wonderful family vacations visiting the magnificent Parthenon in Greece. We were always prepared camera in hand for special moments of beauty to capture.
Gary Cooper and Avril Harriman ..to be Gov. of NYC in the future, but then responsible for starting the famed resort of Sun Valley . He and my father wearing their “Swiss Baggies” not exactly the GQ fashion standards of skiing of today!
My father and Pablo Picasso having fun teasing everybody by wearing around their ‘Funny Glasses. Picasso liked to challenge guests to “joke “ around.
My mother took up surfing guided by her buddy English actor Peter Lawford. Through his young surfing friends who developed the lightweight fiberglass smaller surfboards, we all were able to carry this new era of surfing boards ourselves.