Gary Cooper starred in more than 100 films during his career, but the star was also know for his fashionable looks off the screen. Maria Janis, Cooper’s only child, teamed up with men’s fashion writer Bruce Boyer and Ralph Lauren for "Gary Cooper: Enduring Style," which features 150 photographs of the actor and essays on his sense of style.
Gary Cooper: Enduring Style By Maria Janis and G. Bruce Boyer.
In 1946, when Irving Berlin rewrote the lyrics to his 1928 hit "Puttin’ on the Ritz,” he added a shout out to Gary Cooper’s style: “Dressed up like a million-dollar trouper/Tryin’ hard to look like Gary Cooper/Super Duper.” Now 65 years later Gary Cooper: Enduring Style (powerHouse Books, $60) reminds the world why the star was such a fashion icon.
The outdoorsy Cooper was born in Helena, Montana in 1901. He became an actor after his parents moved to Los Angeles in 1924. In a career that spanned more than thirty years, Cooper garnered five Academy Award nominations for best actor. He won twice, for Sargeant York in 1942 and High Noon in 1953.
Cooper With Wife Veronica Balfe Cooper in Van Nuys in 1934
Cooper affectionately called his wife by her childhood nickname "Rocky." The two were married from 1933 until Cooper's death from cancer in 1961.
Cooper Wearing a Handmade Leather Shirt, 1937
Cooper liked to make some of his own clothes, especially these leather shirts and moccasins.
Tennis Anyone? Cooper in Phoenix in 1934
In the introduction to the book, Ralph Lauren writes about Cooper, "He had a timeless aesthetic we can’t help but appreciate—a floppy white handkerchief in the pocket of an impeccably cut jacket, a flying tie, a soft collared shirt, an old felt hat, and a warm smile."
Cooper Riding Horses in Malibu in 1937.
Daughter Maria Janis says the pictures of her father riding are some of her favorite because they catch the actor in unexpected poses.
Cooper Posing With a Zebra Skin Pelt and His Dog in 1934
Cooper starred in several Asian and African set movies including The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) and Beau Geste (1939).
Rocky and Gary in Southampton, New York in 1934
Maria Janis remembers, "My mother and my father and myself we were a very tight knit family. If my father was doing a film in Europe we would go over and join him and drive around the French or Italian countryside."
Cooper Swimming in the Family Pool in Brentwood in 1938
One of Cooper's best friends was Ernest Hemingway and he would often visit the noted author at his his home in Sun Valley, Idaho.