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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 12 Collections and/or Records:

Merian C. Cooper family records, 1924-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, clippings, and photographs related to Cooper's family. Includes genealogical information, as well as materials on his wife and children. Materials date from 1924 to 1972.

Merian C. Cooper marriage records, 1933-1934

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries contains newspaper clippings related to Cooper's marriage. Articles date from 1933 to 1934.

Merian C. Cooper newspaper articles, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries includes newspaper articles related to Cooper's military service during the First World War. Clippings date from 1917 to 1919.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Grass, 1923-1984

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other materials related to Cooper's production of the film Grass (1925). Materials date from 1923 to 1984.

Merian C. Cooper papers on The Four Feathers, 1927-1929

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series C
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other material from Cooper's production of The Four Feathers (1929). Materials date from between 1927 and 1957.

Merian C. Cooper papers on The Most Dangerous Game, 1932

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series D
Scope and Contents Contains clippings and photographs from Cooper's production of The Most Dangerous Game (1932). Materials date from 1932.

Merian C. Cooper papers on the Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916-1917

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs documenting Cooper's service during the Mexican border campaign from 1916 to 1917.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Varick Frissell rescue expedition, 1931

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 4 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, clippings, and photographs about Cooper's expedition to rescue Varrick Frissell. Materials date from 1931.

Merian C. Cooper papers on World War II, 1940-1945

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series E
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, reports, clippings, photographs, and other materials related to Cooper's military service during the Second World War. Includes information on his work in China and with the Fifth Air Force. Materials date from 1940 to 1977.

Merian C. Cooper publicity papers, 1929-1977

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains clippings and biographical sketches developed for publicity purposes. Materials date from 1929 to 1977.