Alan Menken

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Alan Irwin Menken
  • Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/22/1949, Cancer
  • Profession: Composer; singer-songwriter
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Alan Menken Fast Facts:
  • Started composing as a child when his parents left him alone to practice piano and he would make up variations of the pieces he should have been playing.
  • His father, his paternal grandfather and a paternal uncle were dentists.
  • Was concertmaster of the band and president of the chess club in high school.
  • Entered college as a pre-med student before switching to music.
  • Early on, supported himself by writing jingles, providing piano accompaniment to ballet classes and penning songs for Sesame Street.
  • Helped finance a cross-country trip in the late 1960s by playing fiddle on street corners for money.
  • In the 1970s, wanted to be a singer-songwriter in the Jackson Browne-Elton John-Billy Joel mold.
  • Wrote a rock ballet, Children of the World, just after college.
  • Once performed live music for the TV soap opera Search for Tomorrow.
  • Has a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, NYU.
  • Alan Menken Relationships:
  • Anna - Daughter
  • Judith Menken - Mother
  • Nora - Daughter
  • Janis Roswick-Menken - Wife
  • Norman Menken - Father
  • Alan Menken Awards:
  • 1992 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Winner
  • 1991 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) - Winner
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1990 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1996 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1986 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1992 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1995 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Winner
  • 2008 Tony: Score (Music and/or Lyrics) - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics - Nominee
  • 1991 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1991 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Winner
  • 2007 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1996 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) - Nominee
  • 1989 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) - Winner
  • 1996 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1990 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1995 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) - Winner
  • 1989 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1998 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1992 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Original Film Music - Nominee
  • 2011 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2011 Tony: Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre - Nominee
  • 2010 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1990 Grammy: Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television - Winner
  • 1992 Grammy: Best Children's Album - Winner
  • 2012 Tony: Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Best Musical Album for Children - Winner
  • 1990 Grammy: Best Recording for Children - Winner
  • 2011 Grammy: Best Song Written for Visual Media - Winner
  • 1997 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 2014 Tony: Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre - Nominee
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1994 Tony: Original Musical Score - Nominee
  • 1993 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Score - Nominee
  • 1990 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television - Winner
  • 1992 Grammy: Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television - Winner
  • 1995 Grammy: Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Song of the Year - Winner
  • 2008 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1989 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Winner
  • 1997 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1992 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) - Winner
  • 1992 Grammy: Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television - Winner
  • College:
  • New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York, New York, United States (BA in Music, 1972)

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