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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 6 Collections and/or Records:

Merian C. Cooper correspondence and interview

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2024
Scope and Contents Includes photocopies of correspondence between Behlmer, Merian C. Cooper, and others. Also includes recording and transcript of interview recorded by Behlmer with Cooper in 1965 concerning Cooper's service in World War I and the Russo-Polish War (1919-1920); and his films with Ernest B. Schoedsack: "Grass" and "Chang." Some correspondence relates to David O. Selznick and the film, "King Kong."

Merian C. Cooper correspondence, 1922-1985

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 13 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence with individuals and organizations from the film industry, military, politics, and other areas. Also includes some audio recordings of Cooper. Materials date from between 1922 and 1985.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Air Force Association testimonial dinner, 1966 June 17

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, programs, and other materials related to a testimonial dinner held for Cooper on June 17, 1966. Materials date from April to October 1966.

Merian C. Cooper papers on post-retirement activities, 1940-1945

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series F
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, photographs, research, and other materials related to Cooper's post-retirement activities associated with the military. Materials date from 1911 to 1977.

Merian C. Cooper personnel records, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series E Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries contains Cooper's military personnel records, including orders, promotions, and certificates received during the course of his service. Materials date from 1917 to 1965.

Merian C. Cooper research on Pearl Harbor, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, photographs, research, and other materials related to Cooper's post-retirement activities associated with the military. Materials date from 1911 to 1977.