Bradley Cooper's Mom Served as an "Unofficial Consultant" on 'Joy'

Gloria Cooper was a devoted watcher of HSN in the '90s and was a huge fan of Joy Mangano's self-wringing mop.
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Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Gloria Cooper

This story first appeared in the Jan. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

HSN superstar Joy Mangano — the inspiration for David O. Russell’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence — received a special call live on the air on Jan. 3 while relaunching her best-selling Miracle Mop on the shopping network. As has been reported, the director ordered 13 of them. Why? “It’s my lucky number,” Russell said during the call.

But perhaps more interesting than his HSN haul of velvet hangers, a hair dryer and her Biggest Better Beauty Case is what Russell revealed to Mangano: Gloria Cooper — mother of Joy actor and frequent Russell collaborator Bradley Cooper — served as an “unofficial consultant” on the Fox film because she was a devoted watcher of HSN in the ’90s and a huge fan of the self-wringing mop. 

Says Mangano: “I still can’t believe that David called in.”

 

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