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Lester Irving Cooper[1]

Male 1919 - 1985  (66 years)


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  • Name Lester Irving Cooper  [2
    Born 20 Jan 1919  Bronx County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    _UID C8F9482D35084A04AE24381E50C029375987 
    Died 6 Jun 1985  Guilford, Chenango, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Person ID I6299  My Family Tree
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2019 

    Family Audrey Rosemary Levey 
    Children 
     1. Kim Myril Cooper
     2. Elizabeth Cooper
     3. Matthew Cooper
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2008 
    Family ID F1419  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lester Irving Cooper began his film career as a writer for WARNER BROS. in 1937. Drafted in 1941, he spent the next five years in the U. S. Army, where he wrote the first joint British-American film on the invasion of a French town. After the war, Cooper stayed in England, writing feature films for J. Arthur Rank and British National Productions, including Meet the Navy (1946). In 1949 Cooper returned to the United States and started his own film production company. He then joined Esquire magazine as chief copywriter and also wrote freelance magazine pieces. In 1953, the year after he produced STANLEY KUBRICK's documentary THE SEAFARERS, Cooper joined CBS News as a writer on the Eye of New York series. He also wrote a CBS News special titled A Day Called X (1957) and wrote for the series FYI. Departing CBS News in 1956, Cooper joined NBC News as a writer for Today, starring Dave Garroway. After several years with NBC, he left to become head writer and supervising producer of PM, the 90-minute nightly news and talk show with Mike Wallace for Westinghouse Broadcasting Company. A freelancer once more, Cooper produced a series of 11 shows with Dave Garroway called Exploring the Universe, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. He joined ABC News in 1964 as a staff producer for the weekly public affairs program ABC Scope, and was associated with numerous award-winning news specials. He was named an executive producer with the ABC News documentary unit in 1967, and in 1971 he was chosen as executive producer and writer of the Peabody Award– winning children's series, Make a Wish. Cooper's other credits at ABC include Hemingway's Spain: A Love Affair (1968); The Right to Live, a study of Medicare and Medicaid; Can You Hear Me?, the story of the special problems encountered by a child born deaf; Heart Attack; View From the White House, featuring Lady Bird Johnson; and the children's series Animals Animals Animals. Cooper retired from ABC in 1984, the year before his death. He was survived by his wife, Audrey; son, Matthew; and daughters, Kim and Elizabeth.

  • Sources 
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    7. [S443] Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, Connecticut Department of Health, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003).