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Dean Chiarolanzio Reflects on Bradley Cooper

A note from Senior Associate Dean Thom Chiarolanzio:

I met Bradley Cooper (C’97) when he was entering his junior year, and I was a newly appointed academic advising dean in the College Dean’s Office. I had the pleasure of being his advisor as he pursued an English major and French minor, and I helped support both his interest in studying abroad in France and his theatrical studies.

I recently dug up this note, which he sent to me upon his graduation. It’s so great to see our students use their Georgetown College liberal arts education to pursue their dreams, wherever they lead.

Congratulations on the movie and wishing you much happiness, Bradley! Hoya Saxa!


Dear Tom,

I apologize for never returning to DC and having dinner with your family. Hopefully we can get together in the future. I am currently studying in New York City at the Actors Studio MFA program. The West Village is home for me. Since being here my focus and commitment to the art form of acting has exploded. This is clearly my calling. I must thank you for encouraging me to go after that dream. God bless you. I hope to see you soon.

Your friend,
Bradley Cooper