Gary Cooper & Thomas Merton

You may recall this obituary of Patricia Neal, which tells the story of her affair & abortion with Gary Cooper and subsequent conversion to Catholicism and the pro-life cause -- a conversion for which Maria Cooper (Gary's daughter) was the catalyst and Mother Dolores Hart (herself once an actress) was the instrument.

Just to round out the story, I discovered from a snippet in the latest First Things and confirmed through googling that Cooper, too, repented of that abortion and of his womanizing, converted to Catholicism, and made a strained marriage (he and his wife Rocky were separated for four years) into a good one.  Here's Maria Cooper writing about that -- and about an exchange she had with Thomas Merton about her father's passing.