Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Name Game: Who's That Lady?

TODAY, a new game for Cafe fans...

Each week I'll post a picture of an actor or actress taken either before or after their heyday...plus a few clues...then you guess who it is. I'll post additional pictures and/or clues if needed.

Here are some hints about this week's subject:

Not only was she very beautiful, she was also extremely talented and managed to achieve a difficult feat - the transition from model to serious actress.

She began with a touring company while still very young, went on the stage and eventually made her way to films. Once established, she worked with the likes of Cukor, Hitchcock, Minnelli, LeRoy and many other accomplished filmmakers. She appeared in Best Picture winners and nominees and shared the screen with the creme de la creme of the Golden Age. She was Oscar-nominated more than once during her long career...

Clue #2: She garnered an Academy Award nomination for the role she's most identified with - as did the film's leading lady. The leading lady was one of the most celebrated actresses in Hollywood history and the film is one of TCM's "Essentials." Our mystery woman's first American film won two Oscars, including Best Picture, plus nine more nominations.

Who is she? Sazball solved the mystery...she's...Gladys Cooper



Born in London in 1888, Gladys Cooper modeled from childhood. During the First World War she was the top 'pin-up' among British troops (though the term at the time was 'picture-postcard beauty'). At 17 she went on tour in a musical and later became a chorus girl at London's Gaiety Theater. She began her film career in 1913. By the late 20s she was a star of the London stage and took on management of the Playhouse Theatre in the West End from 1927 - 1933. She made more than 40 films in her career including Rebecca (her first American film), Kitty Foyle, The Bishop's Wife and Separate Tables. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Now, Voyager (Bette Davis was nominated for Best Actress), The Song of Bernadette, and My Fair Lady. She also worked on TV and one of her "Twilight Zone" episodes is regarded as a classic. She became a Dame of the British Empire in 1967 and passed away in 1971 at age 82.

Thanks to Dawn and Saz for playing the game! Next week...a mystery man...

13 comments:

  1. Ladyeve, I have no idea who this is. But, I love the new game for the Cafe.. I will check back for more clues.

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  2. Ladyeve, I was working out in the garden thinking who could it be? And I thought the picture looked a little like Greta Garbo.

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  3. Must be those beautiful eyes...but It's not Garbo...I'll post the next clue on the blog itself...

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  4. That's right, Saz,it is glorious Dame Gladys Cooper. Great work. I'm going to post two more pix of her on the blog. Great work, Saz!

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  5. Congrats!! Saz. I never would have guessed Dame Gladys Cooper.

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  6. Eve and Dawn,

    Not so fast with the congrats! The only reason I got the answer so quickly is that when I clicked on the photo, a description of the photo also appeared, i.e. baby+gladys+cooper, or something like that. I wanted Eve to know that for the future, anyone clicking on a photo of your subject may find the answer. Why don't you do another game today because it was solved too quickly; and test the photo to make sure the answer isn't revealed.

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  7. Eve I remember Bette Davis on a Dick Cavett Show talking about what a beautiful woman and how popular the young Gladys was in England, after seeing that photo I can believe it

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  8. Saz, thanks for letting me know how you figured it out. The descrip you saw is the one I gave it, so in the future I'll be more careful. To tell you the truth, I didn't expect it to take long for someone to figure out who it was because I was just going to keep posting pix or clues till someone got it. So the next one can wait till next week. And Paul, that BD/Cavett moment you mention is available on YouTube. Gladys Cooper had died the night before the show was taped and Bette eulogized her in glowing terms and then she and Cavett talk about her for a bit. Here's a link (BD talks about the ending of NOW, VOYAGER, too):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wsgpF-InEY

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  9. I got here way too late, but the game sounds like fun, Eve!

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  10. Hi Rick, A bit of a bumpy start but still fun. Hope you're around next week for the next installment...

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  11. Eve, I was out of town last week but loved reading your first Name Game. How cool! That is a beautiful picture of Gladys Cooper as a young girl. Well done!

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  12. Welcome back, Toto - you were missed...a new picture will be up on Tues.

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