Gladys Cooper (I) (1888–1971)

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Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour Hicks to tour with his company in "Bluebell in ... See full bio »

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Known For

My Fair Lady Mrs. Higgins
Now, Voyager Mrs. Henry Vale
Rebecca Beatrice Lacy
The Song of Bernadette Sister Marie Therese Vauzous


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 1971 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Grand Duchess Ozerov
- The Ozerov Inheritance (1971) ... Grand Duchess Ozerov
 1971 The Doctors (TV Series)
Harriet Vey
- Episode #1.140 (1971) ... Harriet Vey
- Episode #1.139 (1971) ... Harriet Vey
- Episode #1.138 (1971) ... Harriet Vey
- Episode #1.137 (1971) ... Harriet Vey
- Episode #1.136 (1971) ... Harriet Vey
 1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie)
Mrs. Ternan
 1969 A Nice Girl Like Me
Aunt Mary
 1967 The Happiest Millionaire
Aunt Mary
 1967 Callan (TV Series)
Dr. Schultz
- Goodness Burns Too Bright (1967) ... Dr. Schultz
 1967 Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series)
Grand Duchess Vorokhov
- Black Echo (1967) ... Grand Duchess Vorokhov
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mama Rosha
- The Romany Lie Affair (1966) ... Mama Rosha
 1965 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Sister McInnes
- Episode #1.861 (1965) ... Sister McInnes
- Episode #1.860 (1965) ... Sister McInnes
- Episode #1.859 (1965) ... Sister McInnes
- Episode #1.858 (1965) ... Sister McInnes
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Hagar Brandt
- Because of the Needle, the Haystack Was Lost (1965) ... Dr. Hagar Brandt
 1964-1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Margaret St. Clair
- A Daring Step Backward (1965) ... Margaret St. Clair
- Mr. White's Christmas (1965) ... Margaret St. Clair
- Wherefore Art Thou, Harold? (1965) ... Margaret St. Clair
- Our Men in Marawat (1965) ... Margaret St. Clair
- The Pigeons of Paris (1965) ... Margaret St. Clair
 1963-1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Laura / Mrs. Raydon
- Consider Her Ways (1964) ... Laura
- What Really Happened (1963) ... Mrs. Raydon
 1964 My Fair Lady
Mrs. Higgins
 1962-1964 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Elva Keene / Millie McKenzie / Wanda Dunn
- Night Call (1964) ... Elva Keene
- Passage on the Lady Anne (1963) ... Millie McKenzie
- Nothing in the Dark (1962) ... Wanda Dunn
 1963 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Mrs. Palmer
- The Borderland (1963) ... Mrs. Palmer
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Harriet Richards
- Who Killed Sweet Betsy ? (1963) ... Harriet Richards
 1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
Mrs. Karoudjian
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Mrs. Arnold Sedgewick
- Custody of the Child (1963) ... Mrs. Arnold Sedgewick
 1963 Pygmalion (TV Movie)
Mrs. Higgins
 1962 Fair Exchange (TV Series)
- Dorothy's Trip to Europe (1962) ... Nell
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Margaret Langdon
- In Search of a Son (1962) ... Margaret Langdon
 1962 Playdate (TV Series)
Mrs. Smith
- Question of Fact (1962) ... Mrs. Smith
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Mrs. Ernest Johns, Sr.
- Memory of a Red Trolley Car (1962) ... Mrs. Ernest Johns, Sr.
 1961 If the Crown Fits (TV Series)
Madam Olga
- The Ballet (1961) ... Madam Olga
 1960 Rendezvous (TV Series)
- The Stray Cat (1960) ... Helen
 1959-1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Edith Salesby / Laura Anson
- Lucky Strike (1960) ... Edith Salesby
- A Day by the Sea (1959) ... Laura Anson
 1959 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Mrs. Maude Harper
- Paradise Lost (1959) ... Mrs. Maude Harper
 1958 Separate Tables
Mrs. Railton-Bell
 1958 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
- The Countess of Bartley (1958) ... Duchess
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mrs. Allen / Mrs. Palmer / Mrs. Millet
- Verdict of Three (1958) ... Mrs. Allen
- The Mystery of Thirteen (1957) ... Mrs. Palmer
- Circle of the Day (1957) ... Mrs. Millet
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Lady Windemere
- Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1958) ... Lady Windemere
 1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Marguerite Gillespie
- The End of Indian Summer (1957) ... Marguerite Gillespie
 1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Lady Tichborne
- The Tichborne Claimant (1957) ... Lady Tichborne
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Aunt Pauline
- Sister (1956) ... Aunt Pauline
 1955 The Man Who Loved Redheads
Caroline, Lady Binfield
 1952 At Sword's Point
Queen Anne
 1951 Thunder on the Hill
Mother Superior
 1950 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
The Queen Mother of Persia
- Adventure Story (1950) ... The Queen Mother of Persia
 1949 Madame Bovary
Mme. Dupuis
 1949 The Secret Garden
Mrs. Medlock
 1948 The Pirate
Aunt Inez
 1948 Homecoming
Mrs. Kirby
 1947 The Bishop's Wife
Mrs. Hamilton
 1947 Green Dolphin Street
Sophie Patourel
 1946 The Cockeyed Miracle
Amy Griggs
 1946 Beware of Pity
Mrs. Klara Condor
 1946 The Green Years
Grandma Leckie
 1945 Love Letters
Beatrice Remington
 1945 The Valley of Decision
Clarissa Scott
 1944 Mrs. Parkington
Alice, Duchess de Brancourt
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover
Lady Jean Ashwood
 1943 The Song of Bernadette
Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
 1943 Princess O'Rourke
Miss Haskell
 1943 Mr. Lucky
Captain Veronica Steadman
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mrs. Barringer
 1942 Now, Voyager
Mrs. Henry Vale
 1942 Eagle Squadron
Aunt Emmeline
 1942 This Above All
Iris Cathaway
 1941 The Gay Falcon
Maxine Wood
 1941 A Yank in the R.A.F.
Mrs. Pillby (scenes deleted)
 1941 The Black Cat
Myrna Hartley
 1941 That Hamilton Woman
Lady Frances Nelson
 1940 Kitty Foyle
Mrs. Strafford
 1940 Rebecca
Beatrice Lacy
 1934 The Iron Duke
Duchess d'Angouleme
 1923 Bonnie Prince Charlie
Flora MacDonald
 1922 The Bohemian Girl
Arlene Arnheim
 1921 Headin' North
Madge Mullin
 1920 Unmarried
 1917 My Lady's Dress
The Wife
 1917 Masks and Faces
Mabel Vane
 1917 The Sorrows of Satan
Lady Sybil Elton
 1916 The Real Thing at Last (Short)
American Witch
 1914 Danny Donovan, the Gentleman Cracksman (Short)
Mrs. Ashworth
 1913 The Eleventh Commandment (Short)
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Other Works:

She acted in Arnold Bennett and Edward Knoblock's play, "Milestones", at the Royalty Theatre in London, England with Dennis Eadie, Mary Jerrold, Lionel Atwill and Evelyn Weeden in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Gladys Cooper

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Personal Quote:

[on looking into a mirror, on her deathbed]: If this is what virus pneumonia does to one, I really don't think I shall bother to have it again.


In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by either Giovanna Scotto or Tina Lattanzi. She was occasionally dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta, Lola Braccini and Wanda Tettoni in the much-loved My Fair Lady (1964). See more »

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