The Edwin H. and Mildred O. Knopf papers span the years 1911-2004 (bulk 1941-1969) and encompass 3.4
linear feet. The collection is comprised largely of bound scripts, most of which contain production
photographs interleaved amongst the pages. Other material includes correspondence, an unfinished memoir,
and personal photographs.
Edwin H. Knopf was an American producer, screenwriter, and director active in film and television from
1923 to 1961. He spent the majority of his career producing films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, most notably
THE VALLEY OF DECISION (1945) and LILI (1953). Born in New York, Knopf studied acting and spent two years
as co-producer with William P. Farnsworth of the Auditorium Theater Players in Baltimore, during which
time Katharine Hepburn and Robert Montgomery both began their stage careers. Knopf moved to Hollywood in
1928, directing films for Paramount and Universal before becoming a producer, story editor, and
screenwriter at MGM. Knopf was also a lyricist and playwright, and his play "Mr. Imperium" was turned
into a film by MGM in 1951. Mildred Oppenheimer married Edwin Knopf in 1926. During World War II, she
joined with Mrs. Louis B. Mayer to establish canteens to assist returning service men, eventually serving
as the group's president. She went on to enjoy a successful career as a popular cookbook author.
3.4 linear feet of papers.
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