Veronica Cooper

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Veronica Cooper
Gary Cooper and Veronica Balfe 1933.jpg
Veronica and Gary Cooper, 1933
Born Veronica Balfe
(1913-05-27)May 27, 1913
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died February 16, 2000(2000-02-16) (aged 86)
Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Other names Sandra Shaw, Rocky Cooper
Occupation Actress
Years active 1933
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Gary Cooper (1933–1961; his death)
John Converse (1964–1981; his death)
Children Maria (b. 1937)

Veronica Cooper (née Balfe; May 27, 1913 – February 16, 2000) was an American actress who appeared in a few films under the name Sandra Shaw. She was the wife of the actor Gary Cooper and mother of painter Maria Cooper Janis.

Early life[edit]

Veronica Balfe was born to Veronica Gibbons and Harry Balfe, Jr. Following her parents' divorce, she lived in Paris with her mother. Balfe did not see her father for many years, but kept in touch with her grandfather, who owned a ranch in California. Balfe saw her father a few years before his death in the 1950s. Her mother married Paul Shields, a successful Wall Street financier. From childhood, she maintained the nickname "Rocky".[citation needed]


Balfe was sent to Miss Bennett's School for Girls for her education. In 1933, she went to see her uncle, Cedric Gibbons, in Hollywood. She played parts in a few films, King Kong, Blood Money, and No Other Woman, as well as the sleepwalking countess in the Clark & McCullough comedy short The Gay Nighties (1933).[1] She also played herself in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 3 (1942), and appeared in a few television shows and documentaries.

Personal life[edit]

Balfe married the actor Gary Cooper on December 15, 1933, at her mother's home at 778 Park Avenue, New York; the wedding had been planned for the Waldorf Astoria hotel, but the location was probably changed to avoid public attention.[2] In 1937, Balfe gave birth to their daughter, Maria Veronica Cooper. Following Cooper's death, Balfe married John Converse in 1964. She was an enthusiastic sportswoman and was the female California skeet champion in the 1930s. She also enjoyed golf, swimming, tennis and scuba-diving.


Balfe died in New York on 16 February 2000.


Year Film Role Notes
1933 King Kong Blonde dropped by Kong
Blood Money Girl at Racetrack
No Other Woman
The Gay Nighties The Sleepwalking Countess
1942 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No.3 Herself


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  2. ^ "Gary Cooper Weds in Quiet Ceremony". The New York Times. December 16, 1933. p. 18. Retrieved March 3, 2015.