Rare Photo

Posted By on October 28, 2017

This is a very rare photo of, Clyde Beatty and Courtney Riley Cooper. The photo was taken in the back of the Hagenback circus 1928. 


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One Response to “Rare Photo”

  1. Roger Smith says:

    Cooper was once head of Ringling publicity, and had an exhaustive list of writing credits. Check out his career further on IMDb, and Wikipedia. I once asked Beatty about his friendship with Alfredo Codona. He had a number of memories, and concluded with, “Then, Alfredo committed suicide, and this writer guy, Cooper, committed suicide, and gee, everybody was wondering when I was gonna commit suicide.” Indeed, at age 53, on 9.29.1940, Cooper had died by hanging himself in a closet of his room at the Park Central Hotel, in New York City. He left a note asking the cash in his pocket be used to pay his hotel bill. His widow could advance no reason for his suicide, and 2 letters in his FBI file suggest he may have actually have been murdered for knowing too much about Nazi activities in Mexico.

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