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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 newspaper articles, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries includes newspaper articles related to Cooper's military service during the First World War. Clippings date from 1917 to 1919.

Merian C. Cooper obituary, funeral, and memorial service papers, 1973

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series C
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, obituaries, recordings, and photographs related to Cooper's death and burial. Materials date from 1973.

Merian C. Cooper other materials, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 16 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Subseries contains a sketch and pastel painting owned by Cooper.

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 from Argosy Pictures, 1945-1965

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7 Sub-Series D
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence regarding Cooper's position as an executive and stockholder in Argosy Pictures. Letters date from between 1945 and 1965.

Merian C. Cooper papers from Cinerama Productions Corporation, 1952-1962

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7 Sub-Series E
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, memorandums, and other materials related to Cooper's work with Cinerama Productions. Materials date from between 1952 and 1962.

Merian C. Cooper papers from Lawrenceville School, 1980-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 2 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, publications, and photographs documenting Cooper's education at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Materials date from 1908 to 1972.

Merian C. Cooper papers from Pioneer Pictures, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7 Sub-Series C
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence and an article related to Cooper's work with Pioneer Pictures. Materials date from around 1940.

Merian C. Cooper papers from RKO Radio Pictures, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains a campaign book for exhibitors, dating from 1933.

Merian C. Cooper papers from the United States Naval Academy, 1914-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 2 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, publications, and photographs documenting Cooper's education at the United States Naval Academy. Materials date from 1914 to 1972.