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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 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 China, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series E Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, sound recordings, and other materials related to military operations in China during the Second World War. Materials date from 1942 to 1977.

Merian C. Cooper papers on directors for A Thousand Springs, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence and other materials regarding possible directors regarding Cooper's unproduced film project A Thousand Springs. Materials date from between 1962 and 1964.

Merian C. Cooper papers on exploration in Abyssinia, 1923

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, magazine articles, and a photograph documenting Cooper's exploration in Abyssinia. Materials date from 1923.

Merian C. Cooper papers on exploration in Far and Near East, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 4 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains letters, a photograph, and other materials documenting Cooper's explorations in the Far and Near East.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Fifth Air Force and Far East Air Forces, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series E Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains reports, correspondence, personnel records, and photographs related to Cooper's service with the Fifth Air Force during the Second World War. Materials date from 1943 to 1965.

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 on Fort Apache, 1948

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series L
Scope and Contents Contains articles, photographs, and other materials from Cooper's production of Fort Apache (1948). Materials date from approximately 1947 to 1948.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Grass, 1923-1984

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other materials related to Cooper's production of the film Grass (1925). Materials date from 1923 to 1984.