Gary Cooper, My Classic Hollywood Crush

Ida Mayer Cummings Gary Cooper at JHA event watermarkMy Classic Hollywood crush is Gary Cooper so to find a photo of him with my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings at his side (and about half his height) is such a fun start to 2016. I found this photo in Ida’s massive scrapbook, which documents a couple of years of her decades of philanthropic and civic duty activities via letters, telegrams, programs, photos and cards.

Standing at the microphone, with a roomful of adoring women hanging on his every word (I sure would be), Gary Cooper was clearly a special guest at one of Ida’s many gala fundraising events. And by the way, the name of the young woman to his right was written below the pic but I was so star struck to see my Mr Cooper that I completely ignored it. Have pity on me!

Let me know if you recognize her otherwise I’ll pull the scrapbook out again – eventually…

And by the way, WHO is your Classic Hollywood crush? And would you want to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with them? And at what famous old Hollywood watering hole – the Cocoanut Grove, Café Trocadero, Ciro’s, Mocambo, the Brown Derby?