March 8, 2013

The Godlike Beauty of the Early Stars: Gary Cooper, 1928


True, they are not at rest yet,
but now they are indeed
apart, winnowed from failures,
they withdraw to an orbit
and turn with disinterested
hard energy, like the stars.

-- My Sad Captains by Thom Gunn

Nobody, but nobody, looks this good anymore.

"Gary Cooper played a man in love who turned pirate – for Fay Wray. “The First Kiss” was a silent film released in 1928, there is no extant footage, many early prints of this era on nitrate went the way of dust and flame."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 8, 2013 2:39 PM
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And, he was a real man. Beautiful.

Posted by: Leslie at March 8, 2013 4:46 PM

Paul Newman. Sigh.

Posted by: Jewel at March 8, 2013 5:18 PM

"We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!" -- Norma Desmond, in SUNSET BOULEVARD

Posted by: Skorpion at March 8, 2013 8:59 PM

When asked who I think the most handsome actor is, I always answer, 'Gary Cooper, even dead!'

Can you even believe that face? Of course he was a renowned Lothario--women were throwing themselves at him!! How could he not be and how could any sane, unattached woman not? Don't even get me started on his shoulders...

Thank you for posting the picture. Real, objective beauty in either gender is compelling.

Posted by: Kerry at March 8, 2013 9:11 PM

My mom's favorite actor was Gary Cooper. So naturally she named me after him. Too bad I didn't get his looks.

Posted by: Gary in Texas at March 9, 2013 4:01 PM

My mom's favorite actor was Gary Cooper. So naturally she named me after him. Too bad I didn't get his looks.

Posted by: Gary in Texas at March 9, 2013 4:01 PM

Those were the days when young girls had crushes on real men.

Posted by: NLM at March 11, 2013 4:43 AM

We still have such men. It is just that the media promotes metrosexuals and the tainted.

Posted by: Grace at March 12, 2013 2:39 PM

This may surprise some folks -- given that we often remember him as a barrel-chested, craggy-faced cancer survivor -- but the young John Wayne was remarkably handsome, and looked a lot like Heath Ledger:

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