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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 King Kong, 1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, screenplays, articles, photographs, and other material related to Cooper's production of King Kong (1933). Also includes information about the 1976 remake of the film.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Little Women, 1933-1967

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series E
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, a screenplay, and other materials from Cooper's production of Little Women (1933). Materials date from 1933 to 1967.

Merian C. Cooper papers on locations for Children of the Sea, 1957-1958

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series C Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, notes, and a map related to possible locations for Cooper's unproduced film project Children of the Sea. Materials date from between 1957 and 1958.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Melody Morgan, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series G
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence and stories related to Cooper's unproduced film project Melody Morgan.

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 motion picture industry, 1930-1969

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, legal documents, photographs, and other material documenting Cooper's career as a film executive. Includes work with various studios, including RKO Radio Pictures and Argosy Pictures. Materials date from 1933 to 1962.

Merian C. Cooper papers on motion picture industry, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, articles, and photographs related to the motion picture industry. Materials date from between 1932 and 1966.

Merian C. Cooper papers on motion pictures, undated

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 8
Scope and Contents note Contains awards, correspondence, story proposals, photographs, art, and other material related to Cooper's career in the film industry during the beginning in the 1930s, but primarily in the 1950s and 1960s. These files also contain similar materials on the careers of Cooper's wife, Dorothy Jordan, and special effects technician Willis O'Brien.

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 produced motion pictures, 1924-1983

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5
Scope and Contents note Contains materials that document Cooper's career primarily as a motion picture producer. Motion pictures are documented in many cases by correspondence, photographs, scripts, publicity material, programs, and art. These include Grass, Chang, The Four Feathers (1929), The Most Dangerous Game, Little Women (1933), King Kong (1933), The Son of Kong, She (1935), The Last Days of Pompeii (1935), The Fugitive (1947), Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Mighty Joe Young (1949), The Quiet Man,...