“…that divine Gary Cooper…” was born on this day in 1901

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“Nan Collins, my manager, came from Gary, Indiana, and suggested I adopt that name. She felt it was more exciting than Frank. I figured I’d give it a try. Good thing she didn’t come from Poughkeepsie.”

Did Gary Cooper really say this, or did a press agent? I don’t know, but whoever said it the excitement is undeniable. Pictured here with wife Rocky, née Veronica Balfe.

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