Comedians of the era suggested that his entire vocabulary consisted of the words “yup” and “nope.” There was always something of the Montana-born cowboy in his characters, whether he was playing a professor (Ball of Fire), Lewis Carroll’s White Knight (Alice in Wonderland), or Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees.
But Gary Cooper could also rock a premiere-party tux, a day-at-the-races houndstooth blazer, or an anyone-for-tennis ensemble of casual cool. The golden-age Hollywood legend’s sense of Enduring Style is the subject of a book co-authored by his daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, and the centerpiece of an event dubbed”Oscar Saturday” at Garmany of Red Bank.
The latest in a series of special events at the giant Broad Street haberdashery founded by the late Laureano “Larry” Garmany, this one features a night-before-the-Oscars book-signing by the author, whose dad took home Academy Awards as Best Actor for Sergeant York (1942) and High Noon (1953), in addition to a 1961 Lifetime Achievement statuette awarded just weeks before his death from cancer.
Slated to join Janis for 2 p.m.-to-6 p.m. signing is her co-author, G. Bruce Boyer, a men’s fashion authority and a legend in magazine publishing circles via his editorial stints for Town & Country, GQ and Esquire. Rounding out the event: trunk shows from noon to 6 p.m. by Eleventy and Pal Zileri, plus complimentary light fare and refreshments.
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