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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 legal papers for Food of the Gods, 1948-1949

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence and other legal documents related to Cooper's unproduced film project Food of the Gods. Materials date from between 1948 and 1949.

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 regarding Argosy Pictures, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, script treatments, sketches, and other materials related to the development of Cooper's unproduced film project Food of the Gods with Argosy Pictures. Materials date from between 1948 and 1949.

Merian C. Cooper papers regarding Pioneer Pictures, 1936

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, synopses, and other materials related development of Cooper's unproduced film project Food of the Gods with Pioneer Pictures. Materials date from 1936.

Merian C. Cooper pre-production papers for Food of the Gods, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains sketches from pre-production work on Cooper's unproduced film project Food of the Gods.

Merian C. Cooper scripts for Food of the Gods, 1949

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains script treatments, notes, a synopsis for Cooper's unproduced film project Food of the Gods. Materials date from 1949.