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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 25 Collections and/or Records:

Collection of Merian C. Cooper scripts

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5790
Scope and Contents Collection includes photocopies of cutting continuity scripts from six films produced by Merian C. Cooper.

Merian C. Cooper book and script papers for A Thousand Springs, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, scripts, and other material related to book and script treatments for A Thousand Springs. Materials date from between 1958 and 1964.

Merian C. Cooper papers on A Jungle Adventure, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series F
Scope and Contents note Contains a script for Cooper's unproduced film project A Jungle Tale.

Merian C. Cooper papers on A Thousand Springs, 1958-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, script treatments, and other material related to Cooper's unproduced film project A Thousand Springs. Materials date from between 1958 and 1964.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Children of the Sea, 1930-1969

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series C
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, research, photographs, and screenplays for the Cooper's unproduced film project Children of the Sea. Materials date from between 1930 and 1969.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Food of the Gods, 1936-1949

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series D
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, legal documents, story treatments, and other materials for Cooper's unproduced film project Food of the Gods. Materials date from between 1936 and 1949.

Merian C. Cooper papers on King Kong, 1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, screenplays, articles, photographs, and other material related to Cooper's production of King Kong (1933). Also includes information about the 1976 remake of the film.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Little Women, 1933-1967

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series E
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, a screenplay, and other materials from Cooper's production of Little Women (1933). Materials date from 1933 to 1967.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Mighty Joe Young, 1946-1951

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series N
Scope and Contents Contains research, screenplays, photographs, and other materials from Cooper's production of Mighty Joe Young (1949). Materials date from between 1946 and 1951.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Revenge, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series H
Scope and Contents note Contains a synopsis and scripts for Cooper's unproduced film project Revenge. Materials date from between 1947 and 1963.