Cooper, Merian C. (Merian Caldwell), 1893-1973

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Merian Caldwell Cooper (October 24, 1893 – April 21, 1973) was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director, and producer. Cooper was the founder of the Kościuszko Squadron during the Polish–Soviet War and was a Soviet prisoner of war for a time. He was a notable movie producer, and got his start with film as part of the Explorers Club, traveling the world and documenting adventures. He was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways, but his love of film always took priority. During his film career, he worked for companies such as Pioneer Pictures, RKO Pictures, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He is also credited as 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.
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referencedIn Argosy Pictures Corporation. Argosy Pictures Corporation business records, 1939-1958. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Dewar, Donald A., 1916-. Interview, 1996 Mar. 25. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Cooper, Merian C. Interview, ca. 1971 July. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf She / by H. Rider Haggard ; screen play by Ruth Rose ; additional dialogue by Dudley Nichols, 1935 July 12 L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsArts & Communications Archives
creatorOf Cooper, Merian C. Interviews by Kevin Brownlow, 1971. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Kermit Roosevelt and Belle Roosevelt Papers, 1725-1975, (bulk 1900-1964) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Behlmer, Rudy. Merrian C. Cooper correspondence and interview, 1929-1972. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Photoplay Productions. Photoplay Productions documentary research, circa 2000-2005 [videorecording]. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Cooper, Merian C. Papers, 1933-1976. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Pickering, Stephen. Papers, ca. 1933-ca. 1945. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Cooper, Merian C. Merian C. Cooper papers, 1917-1958. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
creatorOf Merian C. Cooper correspondence and interview, 1929-1972 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Stephan Pickering papers, circa 1933-1945 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Mark Cotta Vaz papers, approximately 2003-2010 L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsArts & Communications Archives
referencedIn Photoplay Productions papers, 2000-2005 L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsArts & Communications Archives
referencedIn Papers, (inclusive), (bulk), 1939-2004, 1955-1989 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943. Papers of Kermit Roosevelt and Belle Roosevelt, 1885-1975. Library of Congress
referencedIn Argosy Pictures Corporation business records, 1939-1958 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Ford, J. mss., 1906-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Morgan, John. Papers, ca. 1970. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Cooper, Merian C. U.S. Air Force Academy, Co., ca. 1960. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Ford, J. mss., 1906-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Pickering, Stephan. Papers, ca. 1933-ca. 1945. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Barton, George A. (George Arthur), 1885-1969. George A. Barton papers, undated and 1841, 1888-1969. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Cooper, Merian C. Collection of Merian C. Cooper scripts, 1933-1938. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Behlmer, Rudy. Papers, 1931-1972. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Ford, John, 1894-1973. Papers, 1906-1976. Indiana University
creatorOf Merian C. Cooper papers, 1917-1958 Hoover Institution Archives
creatorOf Cooper, Merian C. Address, 1964. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn George A. Barton papers., undated and 1841, 1888-1969. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Porter, Zoe. Interview, 1987. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Milestone Film & Video. Laserdisks for motion picture archives, 1924-1927. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Merian C. Cooper papers, 1921-1977 L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsArts & Communications Archives
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associatedWith Advanced Projects Corporation corporateBody
associatedWith Air Force Association corporateBody
associatedWith American Cinema Club. corporateBody
associatedWith American Relief Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith Anna Chennault person
associatedWith Argosy Pictures Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Barton, George A. (George Arthur), 1885-1969. person
associatedWith Behlmer, Rudy. person
associatedWith Blake, Marguerite Harrison, 1879-1967. person
associatedWith Brownlow, Kevin. person
associatedWith Chennault, Anna person
associatedWith Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1958. person
associatedWith Cinerama Productions Corporation corporateBody
associatedWith Cooper family family
associatedWith Dewar, Donald A., 1916- person
associatedWith Ford, John, 1894-1973. person
associatedWith Frissell, Varick person
associatedWith Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925 person
associatedWith Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, 1892-1975. person
associatedWith Harrison, Marguerite, 1879? -1967 person
associatedWith Jordan, Dorothy, 1906-1988 person
associatedWith Lasky, Jesse L., 1880-1958. person
associatedWith Lawrenceville School corporateBody
associatedWith MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964. person
associatedWith Merian C. Cooper Enterprises corporateBody
associatedWith Milestone Film & Video. corporateBody
associatedWith Morgan, John. person
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
associatedWith Nichols, Dudley, 1895-1960 person
associatedWith O'Brien, Willis, 1886-1962 person
associatedWith Photoplay Productions. corporateBody
associatedWith Pickering, Stephan. person
associatedWith Pickering, Stephan, 1947- person
associatedWith Pickering, Stephen. person
associatedWith Porter, Zoe. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Belle, 1892-1968 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943. person
associatedWith Rose, Ruth, 1896-1978 person
associatedWith Schoedsack, Ernest B., 1893-1979 person
associatedWith Selznick, David O., 1902-1965 person
associatedWith Steiner, Max, 1888-1971 person
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associatedWith United States Air Force Academy. corporateBody
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associatedWith United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 5th corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army Air Forces. China Air Task Force. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army Air Forces. Far East Air Force corporateBody
associatedWith United States Food Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Naval Academy corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy corporateBody
associatedWith Vaz, Mark Cotta person
associatedWith Woodson family family
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Jacksonville FL US
Subject
Media and Communication
Stagecoaches
Television programs--Production and direction
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Politics, Government, and Law
World War, 1939-1945--China
Women--drama
International relief
Immortalism--Drama
Discoveries in geography
World War, 1939-1945
Russo--Polish War, 1919-1920
Performing Arts
Reincarnation--Drama
Military
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief
Motion picture industry--United States
Occupation
Film Producer
Airforce personnel
Adventurers
Aviators
Screenwriter
Airforce officers
Collector
Film Director
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Birth 1893-10-24

Death 1973-04-21

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