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Lerner, Alan Jay

Born: 1918 AD
Died: 1986 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Lyricists

1918 – Born in New York City on the 31st of August.

1942 – He was introduced to a down-on-his-heels Austrian composer Frederick Loewe, who needed a lyricist.

1948-1951 – Lerner poured his excess energy into collaborations with Kurt Weill on the stage musical Love Life and Burton Lane on the movie musical Royal Wedding.

1956 – Lerner and Loewe unveiled My Fair Lady. Their adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion retained his social commentary and added unusually appropriate songs for the characters of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, played originally by Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison.

1960 – Lerner-Loewe partnership cracked under the stress of producing the Arthurian Camelot, with Loewe resisting Lerner’s desire to direct as well as write.

1971 – Lerner was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

1973 – Lerner coaxed Fritz Loewe out of retirement to augment the Gigi score for a musical stage adaptation.

1978 – He penned his autobiography, The Street Where I Live. In the last year of his life he published The Musical Theatre: A Celebration, a well-reviewed history replete with personal anecdotes and his trademark wit.

1986 – Died on the 14th of June.