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Jackie Cooper
Born in Los Angeles, California
on September 15, 1922

205 ~ Jackie Cooper in "Lone Cowboy"
 

Jackie Cooper grew up in the cinematic showcase with Hollywood blood flowing in his veins. His father, C. J. Bigelow, was a studio production manager, while his mother, Mabel Bigelow, won prominence as a stage pianist. Jackie received his first chance at a movie career by passing a singing audition for a bit part in a movie that was to be directed by his Uncle Norman Taurog. Soon afterwards, at the age of three, he appeared in a number of educational short comedies and a few "Our Gang" features. Then, in 1929, Jackie took part in "The Fox Movietone Follies" when his mother, who was a secretary at the Fox Film Company, added his name to a list of children who were to be called for the shorts. After his appearance in a few more "Our Gang" comedies, he landed his first big role in the movie "Skippy," which reunited him with his unle, and more importantly, won him an Academy Award nomination.
-- from "Those Enduring Young Charms," by Marc Best
202 ~ Jackie Cooper publicity photo   208 ~ Jackie Cooper with George Raft in "The Bowery."   201 ~ Jackie Cooper publicity photo
This is a promotional photo for "Sooky," not for "Skippy."   207 ~ Jackie Cooper with Mary Astor and Roger Pryor in "Dinky."   206 ~ Jackie Cooper with Lionel Barrymore in "Treasure Island."
   Have you ever wondered how Jackie's director got him to cry in the scenes requiring tears? Read Jackie's autobiography, "Please Don't Shoot My Dog,"
(though the title pretty much gives the secret away). 
To learn more about Jackie Cooper, visit the following web sites. Most have biographies, filmographies, and more photos. Please bookmark Classic Movie Kids before moving on. New material will be added regularly.
Steve Ramsey's Our Gang web site
Learn more about Skippy and
his creator, Percy Crosby
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