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Gary Cooper Off Camera: A Daughter Remembers Hardcover – November 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810941309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810941304
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Gary Cooper off Camera is a tribute to a Hollywood star that manages to be sentimental, glossy, and passionate all at the same time. A fond introduction by Tom Hanks opens the book, but its multifaceted pleasures spring from the love of author Maria Cooper Janis, who clearly felt it was a unique and great privilege to be the daughter of Gary Cooper. Janis's writing--from the loving letter to her father's ghost to the text that accompanies the many photographs--is charged with filial warmth.

Though the book offers many glimpses of Cooper on the set, it also sheds light on sides of the actor that never appeared on screen: the family man, the sportsman, the host and guest who opened his affections to many Hollywood luminaries. It is these photographs that really make the book a delight. The camera has loved very few men as much as it did Cooper, and this collection captures the ease and joy of an American icon who in films often played awkward and alienated figures. Page after page of extraordinary black-and-white shots reveal the warm relationships Cooper had with his family, and with friends like Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Jimmy Stewart. This volume offers a tender view into a rare and fading kind of celebrity life, one that appears to have been somehow both glamorous and private. --Raphael Shargel

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Gary Cooper (1901-1961) is an American icon-an actor whose handsome features and unstudied poise made him one of the great stars of Hollywood's Golden Era. Now, his only child gives us an extraordinary memoir-a book that reveals the Gary Cooper only she knew. Illustrated throughout with 175 photographs, including many never-before-published family pictures, Maria Cooper Janis' heartfelt book offers an unprecedented look at her father's private side, from his Montana boyhood and his Hollywood home life to his friendships with Ernest Heming way, Pablo Picasso, and Jimmy Stewart, among others. Filled with anecdotes that capture the off-screen humor and warmth of this avid outdoorsman and great humanitarian, Gary Cooper Off Camera is an unforgettable portrait of a great star and a beloved father. 175 photographs in duotone, 911/2 x 11" Maria Cooper Janis is the wife of concert pianist and composer Byron Janis. She is a painter with a great interest in the field of parapsychology. She has contributed to several television documentaries about her father, including a recent A&E Biography. Tom Hanks is a director and an Academy Award- winning actor.

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Great tribute to Gary Cooper by his beloved daughter.
Albastru de Voronet
The book is very informative about the personal life of "Coope" with many wonderful pictures, however, the book is more images than writing.
kbdelight
Filled with a daughter's open love and admiration, it has hundreds of photographs never seen before of the man behind the celebrity.
John

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "gilraenn" on April 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Well, let me start with what beautiful tribute this book is to her father. Maria Cooper's book is beautiful, but too many of the pictures look posed (Hollywood style). And the pictures that are actually not posed say more in body language about a family that clearly protects the Cooper family image. These people are beautiful, but they are too perfect: clothes, hair, makeup, you know it's all there. One picture I found fascinating, is of the three of them on a beach facing the ocean. Maria and her mom on the left, and further away is Gary Cooper and his body language is quite clear. Hmmm, that definitely was a candid shot. And if anyone is really looking, the beautiful Maria seems to be the glue that kept that family together. There is a gorgeous shot of the three of them in their ski clothes in an old house. Rocky with little makeup is quite beautiful, but Maria and her Dad are the ones in sync in this picture. I don't know, but these pictures show a definite strain in the family relationship far more than I ever realized. With friends, the pictures are happier. I am a fan of Gary Cooper's and always will be. And the fact, that he adored his beloved daughter and she adored him is clearly seen in this book. Maria Cooper shows us a Gary Cooper I have already seen in other pictures other people have taken of him. There really isn't a lot of hugging, and touching, and birthday parties, water fights, and family occasions, events, like most people and other stars have of their lives while children are growing up. I would love to have seen a picture of Mr. Cooper in his overalls in his garden (he was an avid gardener), teaching Maria to do things, showing her how to ride a horse, acting goofy..Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Maria Cooper Janis's photographic valentine to her remarkable father, enduring screen icon Gary Cooper, does more than reveal the private family man behind the celebrity image. For it also reveals what a remarkable woman is his daughter, Maria Cooper Janis. Cooper and wife Rocky surely did something right as parents to have produced this warm and intelligent woman. She has put together a delightful photographic memoir. And this is being written by someone who usually steers miles from memoirs by the offspring of celebrities.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
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Maria Cooper Janis has put together a wonderful photographic memoir of her father, the celebrated actor Gary Cooper. Some of these photographs are extraordinary. The life this man led and the people whom he knew! They're all here, from fellow actors like Jimmy Stewart to writer Ernest Hemingway to Picasso to Queen Elizabeth to a very youthful John F. Kennedy, while still in the Navy. I'll treasure this, not simply for the photos. Ms. Janis has also written a series of essays to accompany the various chapters, essays which are finally nothing less then a wonderful extended love letter to her father. A beautiful book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
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I'm 50 years old and only came to appreciating what a remarkable actor Gary Cooper was many years after his death. Maria Cooper Janis, Cooper's daughter, has compiled a fabulous photographic treasure for a Cooper fan such as myself. These photos, revealing a private side to the man which he never permitted while alive, are quite simply wonderful. I know three people whom I will be giving this as a Christmas gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
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Maria Cooper Janis's memoir is a truly loving tribute to her famous father, the actor Gary Cooper. Filled with photos and wonderful stories of growing up with a celebrity father during Hollywood's so-called Golden Age, Ms. Janis's picture of her father is an interesting antidote to more recent biographies of Gary Cooper. These bios accent Mr. Cooper's lifelong womanizing, before and during his marriage. This book adds a welcome balance to this picture. Cooper was clearly a more complex man than recent bios would indicate. And he was just as clearly a loving, deeply caring father. A very real family man! Thanks, Ms. Janis, for this beautiful book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Roan on July 13, 2001
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In a day and age when the children of "the stars" write the most deplorable books about their parents, this book is a wonderfully tender tribute to a true hero. Absolutely refreshing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kbdelight on September 23, 2005
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This is a great book for initial insight into Gary Cooper by his daughter. It is very obvious she adored her father. The book is very informative about the personal life of "Coope" with many wonderful pictures, however, the book is more images than writing. The details are only touched on. If you are a Gary Cooper & you want many unseen pictures, this is the book for you...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
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I'm only 24, but the first video I ever purchased for myself was a Gary Cooper film, PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. I was 12. I still have the video. I'm not that familiar with a lot of Cooper's films, but he is always cool how he takes bad stuff from villains for most of the film and then in the last 10 minutes, he really gets back. Now that I've seen this book and all the photos and the essays from his daughter, I'll start renting as many Cooper films as I can. His daughter really loved him, you can tell. That is amazing in itself, since I have grown up reading and hearing from the children of celebrities how awful their parents were.
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