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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 3 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 scrapbook materials from King Kong, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents note Subseries contains photocopies of articles and clippings from a scrapbook related to the release of King Kong (1933). Materials date from 1933.

Jack Polito correspondence with Merian C. Cooper

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5904
Scope and Contents Photocopies of three holographic letters from film producer and director Merian C. Cooper to Jack Polito, 1966.