Joan Fontaine and Gary Cooper look over their scripts for the radio broadcast of A Farewell to Arms
OUTSTANDING ACTORS AND ACTRESSES FOR 1941—
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF…..LEFT TO RIGHT, GARY COOPER, JOAN FONTAINE, MARY ASTOR AND DONALD CRISP, PHOTOGRAPHED AFTER THEY HAD BEEN AWARDED GOLD STATUETTES (WHICH THEY ARE HOLDING) FOR GIVING THE BEST PERFORMANCES ON THE SCREEN DURING 1941. COOPER AND MISS FONTAINE WERE SELECTED AS THE BEST ACTOR AND ACTRESS WHILE CRISP AND MISS ASTOR WERE SELECTED AS HAVING GIVEN THE BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCES FOR THE YEAR.
1942 Best Actor: Gary Cooper Best Actress: Joan Fontaine Best Supporting Actress: Mary Astor Best Supporting Actor: Donald Crisp
The only achievement I am really, really proud of is the friends I have made in this community; and I use the word community in it’s larger sense. Just looking around this room makes me feel that my life has not been wasted. And if anybody asks me, am I the luckiest guy in the world? My answer is, yup.
Gary Cooper at his Friar’s Club Roast, January, 1961.
The 14th Academy Awards honouring the film achievements of 1941 was held in the Biltmore Bowl at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on February 26, 1942
- Joan Fontaine won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Suspicion
- Gary Cooper won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Sergeant York
- Mary Astor won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Great Lie
- Donald Crisp won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in How Green Was My Valley
Joan had to grab Ginger Rogers for support. Gary forgot to take his Oscar off the platform.
- Modern Screen, May 1942
1942 Academy Awards - Gary, Joan Fontaine, Mary Astor, and Donald Crisp
30 Days of Old Hollywood: Day 26
Day 26- Which unsolved scandal would you most like the answer to
As ever, so many, but these are things I really want to know:
-Well, it’s not a scandal, but I want to know all of the things I don’t understand about Ida Lupino’s life. What was her relationship like with her daughter, and what was her relationship with Howard Duff really like?
-The real story behind Errol Flynn’s dalliances with underage girls (also, did he and Olivia de Havilland, or didn’t they?)
-Which of Coop’s alleged affairs are legitimate? I know he was with Patricia Neal, obviously, but did he actually have an affair with Ingrid Bergman?
-What really happened to Thelma Todd? Who did it?
-How do Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine really feel about each other?
-What really happened to Natalie Wood?
I guess that’s enough, although I’m sure that I’m forgetting something very important, but oh well. What about you guys?
The Beverly Hills British colony was a tight little island too. Brian [Aherne, Joan’s first husband]’s group consisted of the Ronald Colmans, he the self-appointed king-of-the-colony, while the self appointed queen was Basil Rathbone’s wife. […] Then there were Sir Cedric and “Pixie” Hardwice, Herbert Marshall and his American wife, Lee Russell, the Aldous Huxleys, Christopher Isherwood, Maureen O’Sullivan and John Farrow, Mr. and Mrs. C. Aubrey Smith. Also David Niven, Merle Oberon, Sylvia Ashley, married to Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., the Walter Pidgeons, Claude Rains, Ray and Mae Milland, Boris Karloff, Madeleine Carroll, Ida Lupino, Cary Grant. The list goes on and on. All these British were working in Hollywood as the Forties began, when the studios were making so many films from such English novels as Mrs. Miniver, Pride and Prejudice, Waterloo Bridge, Ladies in Retirement, and Random Harvest.
This tight-knit set occasionally opened its door to non-British such as Clifton Webb, Cole and Linda Porter, Rosalind Russell and her husband, Freddie Brisson, Clark and Ria Gable, Tyrone and Annabella Power, Constance Bennett and Gilbert Roland, Gene Tierney, Oleg Cassini, the Gary Coopers, Joan Bennett and husband Walter Wanger, the Arthur Rubinsteins, Ethel Barrymore, and her son Sammy, the Fred Astaire, Humphrey and Betty Bacall Bogart.
Joan Fontaine in No Bed of Roses
Guess what arrived today?
My Gary Cooper bio!!
So expect a ridiculous amount of quotes from it once I’m doing with my Joan Fontaine autobio :)
Coop, Joan Fontaine, Mary Astor, Donald Crisp at the 1942 Oscars
I think there’s a reason I haven’t seen this photo before… Coop is in the middle of saying something, and Joanie is blinking…
Top left: “STAR of the film kneels in lobby to sign autograph for gob who lost leg in action.”
Top right: “REAL-LIFE Commander Wassell, with Mr. and Mrs. Cooper at opening. Gary plays the part of Dr. Wassell in film.”
I hope you enjoy the upcoming Coop + Rocky spam!