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    Gary Cooper SIgned Letter. The movies' archetypal "strong, silent type," Gary Cooper rose to fame in such movies as "High Noon," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and "Sergeant York." Featured here is a typed letter on Cooper's personal stationery, dated May 12, 1960, that reads in full: "Dear Mrs. Reeves: Now that I am home again, and have a chance to go through my mail, I want to say how wonderful and kind it was for you to write me and send all those good wishes which I know helped me to recovery. We never know how many good friends we have in the world 'till some adversity gives us a slap and we realize that friends are one of God's greatest gifts." During his last years, Cooper was plagued with painful, recurring illnesses, and one of them developed into lung cancer. One month after receiving a career-achievement Oscar, and less than two months after his final public appearance as the narrator of a TV documentary on the "real West," Cooper died on May 13, 1961 -- almost a year to the day after writing this letter. To fans still reeling from the death of Clark Gable six months earlier, it marked the end of Hollywood's Golden Era as well. The letter is signed in bold blue ink by Cooper and is in very good condition, with some moderate tanning and two horizontal fold creases. Also included is the original mailing envelope, postmarked May 16, 1960, also in very good condition with some staining. With COA from PSA/DNA.

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