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Gary Cooper commemorated on U.S. stamp

Posted: September 7, 2009 10:27 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2009 10:26 p.m.
‘High Noon' legend Gary Cooper will be commemorated on a U.S. Postal stamp with a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sept. 10 at the Autry National Center of the American West, Heritage Court, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles 90065.

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin will emcee the event that includes a special film tribute to Gary Cooper. Cooper's daughter Maria Cooper Janis will speak about the iconic actor as a father and be available for interviews on his 20-year friendship with Ernest Hemingway. The two outdoorsmen often hunted and fished together. Hemingway had Cooper in mind when writing For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Gary Cooper Scholarship Recipient Native American Sonya Oberly will highlight Cooper's contributions to Native Americans.

Cooper's Oscar for High Noon (1952) will be on display in addition to High Noon and Along Came Jones movie posters and a Norman Rockwell painting of Cooper that was commissioned for the Along Came Jones advertising campaign.

USPS Board of Governor member Alan C. Kessler and President and CEO of the Autry National Center John Gray will also be present.


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