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Olive Cooper

Olive Cooper
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BornJuly 31, 1892
San Francisco, California, USA
DiedJune 12, 1987 (aged 94)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, actress
RelativesGeorge Stevens (nephew)

Olivette "Olive" Cooper (1892–1987 was a prolific American screenwriter known for movies like Cocoanut Grove, Bandit King of Texas, and Three Little Sisters. She wrote many of the screenplays for Roy Rogers and Gene Autry vehicles.[1]

Cooper was born in San Francisco on July 31, 1892,[2][3] to a well-known theatrical family. Her mother, Georgia Woodthorpe, was an actress, as was her sister, Georgie Cooper. Her nephew, George Stevens, went on to become a celebrated Hollywood director.[4] Her brother Harry was a cinematographer.

She first appeared on stage at age 5, under the name Ollie Cooper,[5] and performed in Bay Area theater productions before moving to Hollywood.[6] She appeared chiefly in character roles and comedic parts. Her film debut was The Brass Check (1918).[7] After appearing in a few short films in the early 1930s, she decided to pursue a career as a screenwriter. She wrote dozens of scripts over the course of her career, many of which were Westerns. She often collaborated with directors Joseph Kane, Lew Landers, and Joseph Santley. She was married to stage director Edwin H. Curtis,[5] and died in Los Angeles aged 94.[2]

Screenwriting credits


  1. ^ "30 Jan 1942, Page 25 - Oakland Tribune at". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  2. ^ a b Doyle, Billy H. (1999). The Ultimate Directory of Film Technicians. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8108-3546-7.
  3. ^ "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch ( : 26 November 2014), Olive Cooper Curtis, 12 Jun 1987; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  4. ^ "28 Aug 1927, 47 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  5. ^ a b G. C. W. (September 27, 1925). "Was So Funny in Emotional Roles that She Made a Success of Comedy". San Francisco Chronicle. p. D1.
  6. ^ "10 May 1927, 15 - The San Francisco Examiner at". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  7. ^ "Ollie Cooper Making Screen Debut". The Moving Picture World. February 16, 1918. p. 988.
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