GARY COOPER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/14/1959 - HFSID 296637
Sale Price $850.00
The actor requests a last-minute extension for filing his federal income tax, to permit an audit. Cooper forwards $100,000, the estimated additional tax due, with the request.
Document signed: "Gary Cooper", 8x10½, 2 pages (front and verso). Beverly Hills, California, 1959 April 14. Application of Extension of Time for Filing Federal Income Tax Returns. He requests an extension for filing his Individual Form 1040 for the stated reason: "The audit of the books of account is now in process. The additional time requested will be required for the completion of the audit and for the preparation and filing of the return." Cooper remits with the request $100,000, the estimated additional tax liability. IRS receipt and validation stamps on the document. (The request was granted, with an extension to July 15, 1959.) Gary Cooper (1901-1961) began his acting career with bit parts in 1925, but achieved star status soon with The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926). He steadily rose to superstar status with his screen persona of a strong, silent man of action and few words. Nominated for Academy Awards five times, Cooper won the 1942 Academy Award for Best Actor for the title role in Sergeant York, and he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1953 for the role of Marshal Will Kane in High Noon. He was also nominated for the role of Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees and Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls. Three of Cooper's hero roles, Sergeant York, Lou Gehrig and Marshal Kane, are included in the American Film Institute's list of 100 top screen heroes and villains. Cooper was awarded a Special Academy Award in 1961 "For his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry." Cooper was too ill to accept the Oscar in person and his close friend, a tearful Jimmy Stewart, accepted it in his name. A month later, Cooper died of cancer at the age of 60. Cooper was still active in films when he signed this document; four of his movies appeared in 1959. Staple holes at top left corners and edge. Filing holes at top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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