GARY COOPER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 1943 CO-SIGNED BY: VERONICA B. (SANDRA SHAW) COOPER - HFSID 226408
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GARY COOPER and VERONICA B. COOPER
Gary Cooper and Veronica B. Cooper signs a document with the California Bank.
Document Signed: "Gary Cooper" and "Veronica B. Cooper", 1p, 8½x13. Los Angeles, California, 1943, no month or day. Headed: "Collateral Agreement/Individual". Begins: "FOR VALUE RECEIVED, I hereby assign and transfer to and pledge with California Bank, a corporation, of Los Angeles, California, as collateral security for the payment of any liability or liabilities of GARY COOPER and VERONICA B. COOPER, or either of them, to said Bank or its assigns, absolute or contingent, due or to become due, or that may be hereafter contracted, and regardless of the capacity in which incurred, the following described property, of which I am the sole owner, the same being deposited at my risk and expense, to-wit: Life Insurance Policy No. 113,967 issued by the New York Life Insurance Company on the life of Gary Cooper; TOGETHER WITH all rights, privileges, proceeds, benefits and advantages thereof...." Also signed by a representative of California bank. Cooper and the former Veronica Balfe were married from 1933 until his death in 1961. The couple had one daughter, Maria. In 1943, the date he signed this document, Cooper appeared in his Academy Award nominated role as Robert Jordan in For Whom The Bell Tolls. A friend of Ernest Hemingway, who wrote the book upon which the film was based, Cooper had also starred in another Hemingway-based film, A Farewell To Arms, in 1932. The acting career of GARY COOPER (1901-1961), which began with bit parts in 1925, was firmly established with his role in 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 and Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees as well as for Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls. 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." The actor was too ill to accept the Oscar in person and his close friend, Jimmy Stewart, tearfully accepted it in his name. A month later, Cooper died of cancer at the age of 60. VERONICA BALFE COOPER (1914-2000), the daughter of a Governor for the New York Stock Exchange, appeared in a several films in 1933 under the stage name of Sandra Shaw. After Cooper's death, she married Dr. John Converse, a plastic surgeon, who died in 1981. A former star athlete, Veronica, who was nicknamed "Rocky", was later active in fund-raising. Ink smudged at the "per" of Veronica Cooper's signature. Lightly creased. ½-inch tear at upper left edge, nicked at lower edge. Ink notes (unknown hand) to left of bank representative's signature, pencil check marks to left of both Coopers' signatures. Fine condition.
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