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Paulette Cooper at 75: Still unbreakable, and still Miss Lovely

We had dinner with Paulette Cooper in Manhattan a few weeks ago, and it felt once again like we could never keep up with her. The woman has so many things going on, we don’t know how she keeps track of it all.

She was in town to celebrate her wedding anniversary with Paul Noble, and they only had a short time before they had to get to a Broadway show (of course). So we ordered in some haste from a bewildering Asian-fusion menu and tried to catch up to Paulette’s various projects between dishes.

Paul is a supreme treat, as anyone will tell you who has spent time with him. And he has the most adorable anniversary tradition: Every year, he writes a humorous love poem for Paulette. He had us in stitches with his puns.

Anyway, we thought of this recent event because we only wish we could spend today with Paulette, which happens to be her 75th birthday. On July 26, 1942 Paulette was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and if you’ve read our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, you know she was not born into the most fortuitous circumstances. We’ll leave it at that for now, and if you don’t know what we’re referring to, you really ought to read about Paulette’s harrowing childhood, and her truly singular life, when you have a chance.


We asked Paulette for her thoughts on this auspicious day, and she sent us these words…

Big birthday, but I’m not (really) depressed. I have my health, a wonderful husband, my great little dogs, good friends and a terrific life. And I love seeing how something I gave 15 years of my life trying to change now finally is, thanks to the courage of so many along the way.

It’s been almost 50 years that I watched how it seemed that every time we took a step forward we’d go back and they’d win again. But the best birthday present is knowing that they can only keep going down now as they get exposed, and more people come out, and there are brave souls like you and Leah who will tell the world the truth. And the press now has the guts to report it!

Happy Birthday, Paulette Cooper. Never stop kicking ass.


[Paulette at Idlewild Airport on her first day in America, August 18, 1948]


[Paulette at about 8, already determined to become a writer.]


[Paulette in high school.]


[Paulette and Jackie O, captured by a New York Post photographer.]


[With Mike Wallace, who told her story on 60 Minutes.]


[In New York with Paul Noble in the 1990s.]


[On the book tour in Orange County, asked for her signature.]



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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on July 26, 2017 at 07:00

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