Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 2, 1936 · Page 12
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 12

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Saturday, May 2, 1936
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I Gary Cooper's Bosses Decide He's Great Lover Type jrt?S-v. Although the Active Gary Has no Ambi- ( V An Intense Scene With Jean it.Li " i1 Ta t'on to become the Valentino of the Arthur, Where Cooper Shows f jr ' " , Movies, He Is Turning Into a "Man of '. ' . j I g V Ability as a Romantic Screen C f v Fashion," Sophisticated, Suave. jj.Av.'' :A f I r-A ' V ' N Companion of TLT V ' 1 V 1 -11 ) HerActor 1; fl 4 .,,,. nnn i mi Husband in . i'f4vj: II "Off Time" from i.VfU''f i: Jl f I bfei ) fe- When Rugged Hero Went Glamorous, He Captured Attention Of All Hollywood By DONNA RISHER T-OR Gary Cooper is perhaps one of the very I L A rtll I I I , &L3i few actors in cinemaland who has no illu sions regarding his personal fame or the re ' ARY COOPER, the fighting man who has a c X 5,t castas worn the uniform of half a dozen nations lowing the public's response to two pictures, "Desire" and "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." "That guy Is a screen lover," they ejaculated in surprise when they saw him in the clinches with blonde Jean Arthur and languorous Mar-leno Dietrich. And, although the man of action may continue to be cast in Westerns and outdoor dramas, certainly more attention will be placed by directors upon his "love sequences" In tho future. . All of which is quite all right with Gary. Ever since tho day back in 1026 when he first appeared opposite Eileen Sedgwick in a Poverty Row two-reel drama, Cooper has taken love scones in his stride. His awareness that many of the established women stars demanded that ho play opposite them neither enlarged the size of his gray sombreror nor led him into the front otllro to hit the boss for a raise. Ho went into his love scenes, did a workmanlike Job, planted the last kiss on the fair lady's brow in tho approved Hollywood picture-making manner, and then rushed to his dressing room, removed the grease paint and hastened to his real love the great outdoors. quirements of his Job. He has never desired to be a Clark Gable, a William Powell or a Fredric March And if anybody should be so bold or so foolish as to tell him he is a "great screen lover" he would quietly look at them, grin and walk away. He actually fights against becoming actorish. In Hollywood, he is not a part of it and throughout the years he has managed to retain the naturalness he acquired as a youth on a Montana ranch. Cooper is at case, no matter where you sec him or in what On Their Ranch in San Fernando Valley, Gary Cooper and His Wife Take Long Walks Along Mountain Trails, Resting from Movie Labors. and has carried every known form of war weapon from a six-gun to a cavalry lanco In tho movies, Is on the march these days, but not to the wars Instead, lanky Gary has suddenly impressed studio moguls with his abilities as a Grado A gentleman of fashion, man about town in short, a romantic drawing room type capable of heart-throbbing in a fashion so suave and elegant as to put frail femininity in a definite swoon. It was only recently that the realization of the soft-spoken ex-cowhand's market value in tho drawing room may excel his worth In tho dangerous mountain passes or when astride a horse In hand-to-hand combat, with the studio. This realization came smack! liko that, fol sT U Donna Rishcr favorite mounts galloping over the hills, with Mrs. Cooper as enthusiastic over the sport as is Gary himself. A New York socialite, Sandra Shaw understands and sympathizes with the actor's desire to get away from the atmosphere of the studio, and It is from her that one gets a more graphic picture of Cooper, a closer insight into his tiature. EATED in the patio of her home recently, Cooper in one sentence described her J Mrs. husband as accurately as it can be done in Extras Seldom Rise To Stardom words. "to be always listen- "Gary seems." she said, azines. He rolls his own cigarettes and eati Mexican food. When he entertains, his parties are unique. Guests never know what to expect until they arrive at the Cooper menage. Then they are sure of a lively evening. He'd rather send telegrams than write letters. He is fascinated by the drummer in the orchestra and eats crackers and milk Just before retiring. Every salesman of desert real estate has him marked and he can't resist the sound of the word "ranch." He owns one in Montana, one in Arizona and three in California. He boasts among his friends that he can eat dates from his own trees, walnuts from his own orchards and oranges from his own back yard. His grounds and home contain a number of pets, with Toluca, a trained chimpanzee, claiming first place in his affections. He dislikes to swim, but he is a centaur on a horse. He also enjoys handball and plays it like a wizard. Cooper has had the same dressing room at Paramount for five years because it's the one nearest the stages. He likes it because it saves him steps. In fact, when other studios borrow him from his own lot, he takes along a bicycle which he rides to and from the sound stages! surroundings, though his apparent shyness gives the adverse impression. He stills retains his love for the simple life, hunting, fishing, traveling and the simplicity of a ranch home. He has acquired much since that first day on Poverty Row, and he honestly regrets that so many others have failed to do the same. For his "lucky break" has enabled him to en-Joy what he terms "real living" which to Cooper is always synonymous with life on a ranch. To the end that he and his wife, Sandra Shaw, will enjoy their existence apart from the artificialities of the cinema capital, the actor built a Rermuda-typc home in the hills adjoining Hollywood. The place contains all tho necessities an outdoor man and woman delight In, such as stables, tennis courts, a swimming pool and a small golf course. Most any day they can be seen astride their director unless the latter cultivates them. Retween scenes they play bridge in isolated corners of the sound stages or read periodicals Hut, as for earning their living out of an extra's pay envelope, well, MacCulloch says most of them don't! ing for something." She stopped and smiled. Encouraged by her visitor's grin, she went on. "He is amusedly tolerant of the vanities and foibles around him. But what is more important he is well aware of his own." According to his wife, "Coop" favors polo shirts and leather jackets for everyday wear. He saves money by hiring a chauffeur, for when he drives that high-powered car he now owns, he collects speed tickets by the handfuls. Seldom does he go in for heavy literature. Instead, he prefers the stories in the pulp mag Gossip From The Studios . ,, (;,.,,, IOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD: A whito sun H' setting behind a hilltop of pink almond This is the advice given to young girls by Myrna Loy. "If a girl can't manage how to get started, HERBERT MARSHALL was given his first important chance to play on the stage by the famous Cyril Maud. blossoms , . , a dilapidated car carrying a weary LADYS SWARTHOUT has a mezzo-so I w 1 V7 prano voice with a range of 19 notes. JOINING the ranks of the dim extras is not tho way in, but tho way out of the motion picture Industry. No less an authority than Campbell MacCul-loch, general manager of tho Central Casting Corporation, gives this as his opinion. According to MacCulloch, very seldom docs a star rlso from tho extra ranks today, even though each studio selects from 15 to 20 new featuro players each year. Practically every ono of them Is "discovered" in New York or other distant cities. "Why is this so?" comments MacCulloch. "I don't know. It Just IS." Thero la only an average of M3 Jobs available dally for an army of 12.410 credited extras, approximately 23 people for every nsslgnment In 1036, so far, only 30S players of this large number earned $000 a year, or an overage of $16 por week. And only IIS of that number earned $1500 a year, tho general manager reported. MANY of tho "dress extras" own wanlro!cs worth $2000 and spend as much as $500 in repairs, cleaning and In the maintenance of their movie attiro. Even tho topnotchers do not expect to earn, MacCulloch said, enough to support themselves out of their salaries. Many millionaire clubmen do not own so extensive a wardrobe, nor wear clothes half so well. Dinner coats, several street suits. sort outfits, not to mention shoes, huts, overcoats, walking sticks and matching accessories, are the minimum requirements. These must constantly 'be kept up to date so tho wearer can appear as if he Just stepped out of Bond Street Into background of the Riviera, St. Moritz or Palm Springs. The women get a better break. Many of them re expert seamstresses who get their style Ideas from the creations worn by the stars. Always the younger extras are supremely confident from day to day that tomorrow will bring their "break." The older ones ask no favors and take a "philosophical view, asking only for the opportunity of being on the "Inside" of an Industry they still look upon as being glamorous. Most of the extras are clannish. They do not mingle with members of the cast. They make no effort to fraternize with the stars or the PAGE FOUR S IELEN BRODERICK works from dawn to dusk, when not working In a picture, on va ar) use her San Fernando Valley the Important thing, how can she manage the rest?" . SPENCER TRACY has named one of his new horses after Director Fritz Lang. "I call him Fritz," Tracy explained kiddingly to the director, "because he never seems to get tired, wants to go on and on." SLIM SUMMERVILLE arrived in Hollywood in 1912 without a solitary penny. The first day he bummed Japanese family home at sunset from working in a truck garden . . . topless straw hats , . . Norma Shearer walking haughtily into a shop with her maid carefully remaining the customary few feet behind her . . . belts with artificial flowers ... an airplane skimming through blue twilight ... a red-faced cop placing a little child in his brawny arms to carry her safely across the street. THE heart of Buttercup Valley, known as the American Sahara, will double home. . . Ann Sothern limps slightly because of a bruised knee received while roller skating. . . Lionel Barrymore has received a new pipe from his director, Richard Thorpe, as a token of esteem. . . Madeleine Carroll, English stage star, who has transferred her activities to Hollywood, says 26 is her lucky number. It has run through her life to date. 3 Norma Shearer for the real Sahara In "The Garden of Allah." The location is near Yuma, and members of the production staff of Selznlck have been working there several weeks planning the scenes of the great love drama. enough nickles to nibble at Slim Summerville some food. His first job was that of a porter In a pool hall. A TOTAL of 32.500 square feet of genuine flagstone weighing 325 tons was laid for the courtyard scene of Holyrood castle in "Mary of Scotland." starring Katharine Hepburn. TWO ladies were visiting on a stage at Universal stu- Helen Brodcrick dios one day last week when T ONE time Cary Grant was a professional A' stlltwalker. ARGARET PULLAVAN says she belongs Otto Kruger passed. "My!" exclaimed one to the other. "Doesn't , he look young." Kruger overheard the remark. "Yes. ma'am." he volunteered. "They've been saying that for 25 years." M' This is Dorothy Thompson, whom directors say is "the perfect extra." Dorothy is always on "firt call" at Paramount because she not only photographs well, but is extremely personable, also. to one of the oldest families in Virginia. li-HK HE odds are ten thousand to one against you, but if you stlU persist In a screen She traces her ancestry back to Revolutionary Umaa. career, do it alone" o o 0 o o o

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