In 1958 newspapers complied a list of the 12 most powerful actors in Hollywood. These men were not under constrictive studio contracts. They demanded the best best roles and highest salaries, and they got them! They were named, the “Golden Dozen”.
From L-R: Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, John Wayne
Source: 12 Kings Rule Hollywood, The Miami News, Oct 6, 1958, Page 89
Burglars broke into the palatial home of Gary Cooper, film star, and stole jewelry valued in excess of $18,000. The burglary was committed while Cooper and his wife, the former Veronica Balfe, were out visiting friends. A housekeeper, awakened by the actor’s dog, discovered that many rooms had been ransacked. Returning just as police were making an investigation, the Coopers made a hurried appraisal of their losses, which may total more than $25,000. Missing jewelry alone was worth upwards of $18,000 they said, and costly dinner plate, linens and clothing were also believed to have been taken.
Source: Gary Cooper Robbed of $18,000 Jewelry, The Miami News, Jul 30 1937, Page 1