My father was still well at the time of his becoming a Catholic. His reasons for converting are his to know. He did say to [his friend Ernest] Hemingway toward the end, "You know, that decision I made was the right one." I know he and Papa spoke about "the Catholic thing." Whatever Ernest’s ambivalence was, the two guys obviously hashed out a lot in that area. How tragic that Hemingway’s illness had robbed him of the comfort and sense of the supporting arms of God.
Maria Cooper Janis (Gary Cooper’s daughter)