[Lady Diana Cooper, English society beauty, actress and memoirist.] Autograph Signature on publicity photograph of her dressed as a nun, from the play 'The Miracle'.

Lady Diana Cooper [née Lady Diana Olivia Winifred Maud Manners, later, as wife of Duff Cooper, Viscountess Norwich] (1892-1986), English society beauty, actress and memoirist
Publication details: 
1932. No place.
SKU: 25958

See her entry in the Oxford DNB, which describes how she accepted Max Reinhardt's offer ‘to play the Madonna in a mime play, The Miracle. This was first staged in the USA from November 1923 to the following May, and again for the following three autumns and winters. It toured Europe in 1927, and London and the provinces in 1932; the last performance was in January 1933. The Miracle was a phenomenal success, and Diana Cooper's triumphant part in it was remembered as long as she lived.’ Lady Diana’s ‘transcendent beauty’ was widely admired on both sides of the Atlantic, and ‘The Miracle’ was her greatest success, but the publicity still for the play is not among the thirty-two listed in the National Portrait Gallery inventory. An 8.5 x 11.5 black and white image, printed in matte on a 9 x 14 cm post card. A head and shoulders shot of Lady Diana got up as a nun, against a white background, staring heavenwards with her habitual costive expression. Signed in the blank strip at the foot: ‘Diana Manners / 1932’. See Image.