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Cooper, Merian C.

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1893-1973

Biographical History

Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) was an aviator, air force officer, screenwriter, film director, and producer in the United States. He is best known for writing and directing King Kong.

Merian Caldwell Cooper was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director, and producer. He was a notable movie producer, and got his start with film traveling the world and working on documentaries, most famously Grass and Chang, together with Ernest B. Schoedsack. He was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways, but focused on film. During his film career, he worked for several Hollywood studios. He is considered co-inventor of the Cinerama film projection process. Cooper's most famous film was the 1933 movie King Kong. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Citation

Wikipedia, Nov. 16, 2010 (Merian C. Cooper; Merian Caldwell Cooper; b. Oct. 24, 1893 in Jacksonville, Fla.; d. Apr. 21, 1973 in San Diego, Calif.; director of King Kong). Mar. 21, 2017 (aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director; notable movie producer; got his start with film traveling the world and working on documentaries Grass and Chang together with Ernest B. Schoedsack; member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways; co-inventor of Cinerama; most famous film King Kong (1933); honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 1952, Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1960.)

Kozlinski, Marcin, "Biography of Merian C. Cooper", International Movie Database, accessed March 21, 2012, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178260/bio

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Claire Lee Chennault writings, 1935-1958

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Subseries contains articles and other works written by Chennault, and associated materials. Items date from between 1935 and 1958.

Merian C. Cooper family records, circa 1922-1967

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, articles, and an obituary related to the Cooper family. Materials date from 1922 to 1967.

Merian C. Cooper general papers on King Kong, 1933-1983

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains articles, pictorial works, and research related to the production of King Kong (1933). Includes historical accounts of the production of the film, as well as retrospective materials about its historical impact. Materials date from 1933 to 1983.

Merian C. Cooper papers from Pioneer Pictures, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7 Sub-Series C
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence and an article related to Cooper's work with Pioneer Pictures. Materials date from around 1940.

Merian C. Cooper papers on World War I, 1917-1919

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, articles, photographs, and other materials documenting Cooper's service in the First World War. Materials date from 1917 to 1973.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Becky Sharp, 1935

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series J
Scope and Contents Contains tradepaper articles related to the film Becky Sharp (1935). Materials date from 1935.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Blossom Time, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, reviews, and other materials related to Cooper's unproduced film project Blossom Time. Materials date from bewteen 1943 and 1967.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Chang, 1925-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, artlices, photographs, and other material related to Cooper's production of Chang (1927). Materials date from 1925 to 1956.

Merian C. Cooper papers on exploration in Abyssinia, 1923

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, magazine articles, and a photograph documenting Cooper's exploration in Abyssinia. Materials date from 1923.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Fort Apache, 1948

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series L
Scope and Contents Contains articles, photographs, and other materials from Cooper's production of Fort Apache (1948). Materials date from approximately 1947 to 1948.