Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Gary Cooper (1901-1961) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles. Helena, Montana born screen legend was a fledgling editorial cartoonist who followed his parents to California and found work as a film extra and stunt rider. Cooper gained exposure and eventually a contract with Goldwyn, who cast him in The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926). He soon signed an even better deal with Paramount, where he was cast opposite Clara Bow in It (1927), Children of Divorce (1927), and the movie gained him worldwide attention, Wings (1927). His first all-talking film was a blockbuster, The Virginian (1929), and it only got better from there. He appeared in Joseph von Sternberg's Morocco (1930), Frank Borzage's A Farewell to Arms (1932), and Ernst Lubitsch's Design for Living (1933). And soon the Academy Award nominations started rolling in: Cooper won two Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role for performances in Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952), plus an Honorary Award from the Academy in 1961. Gary Cooper also received three additional Best Actor Oscar nominations for work in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). Other popular titles starring this screen legend include Beau Geste (1939), Ball of Fire (1941), Meet John Doe (1941), The Fountainhead (1949), Friendly Persuasion (1956), and Love in the Afternoon (1957). Additional titles counted among my personal favorites include City Streets (1931), One Sunday Afternoon (1933), Peter Ibbetson (1935), Souls at Sea (1937), and Bright Leaf (1950).
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