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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 16 Collections and/or Records:

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 exploration in Arabia and the Empty Quarter, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 4 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, research, photographs, and other material documenting Cooper's explorations in the Arabian Peninsula.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Chennault of China, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, drafts, research, photographs, and other materials related to Cooper's unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1935 and 1986.

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 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 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 papers on Russo-Polish War, 1919-1921

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series D
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, research, photographs, and other material related to Cooper's service in the Russo-Polish War. Materials date from 1919 to 1980.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Young Men Never Die, 1933-1975

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series K
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, research, scripts, photographs, and other materials related to Cooper's unproduced film project Young Men Never Die. Materials date from between 1933 and 1975.

Merian C. Cooper research for Children of the Sea, 1930-1969

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series C Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspodnence, research notes, and other material related to Cooper's unproduced film project Children of the Sea. Materials date from between 1930 and 1969.

Merian C. Cooper research for Mighty Joe Young, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series N Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, maps, and other research materials related to the production of Mighty Joe Young (1949). Materials date from between 1946 and 1949.