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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 185 Collections and/or Records:

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.

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 Seven Wonders of the World, 1956

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series R
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence regarding Cooper's production of Seven Wonders of the World (1956). Materials date from 1954.

Merian C. Cooper papers on She, 1935

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series H
Scope and Contents Contains publicity, reviews, and other materials related to Cooper's production of She (1935). Materials date from around 1935.

Merian C. Cooper papers on She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, 1949

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series M
Scope and Contents Contains clippings, photographs, and props associated with the film She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Materials date from around 1949.

Merian C. Cooper papers on space, 1958-1969

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 11 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, photographs, notes, and other materials documenting Cooper's interest in space flight and exploration. Materials date from between 1958 and 1969.

Merian C. Cooper papers on The Best of Cinerama, 1962

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series S
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, publicity, and sound recordings for The Best of Cinerama (1962). Materials date from between 1962 and 1964.

Merian C. Cooper papers on The Four Feathers, 1927-1929

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series C
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other material from Cooper's production of The Four Feathers (1929). Materials date from between 1927 and 1957.

Merian C. Cooper papers on The Fugitive, 1947

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series K
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, publicity, and photographs from Cooper's production of The Fugitive (1947). Materials date from between 1947 and 1948.

Merian C. Cooper papers on The Great Adventure, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series E
Scope and Contents note Contains a script by Ruth Rose for Cooper's unproduced film project The Great Adventure.