Marc Shaiman Celebrity

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Birth Place: Newark, NJ

Profession: Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, Actor

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Fast Facts

  • First became enamored of Bette Midler at age 9, when he saw her in a Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof (she played Tzeitel).
  • Left high school at age 16 (after earning his GED) to pursue a musical career in New York City.
  • Met Ula Hedwig, one of the Harlettes (Bette Midler's backup singers), not long after moving to NYC; she lived across the hall from his friend's apartment. He became their musical director when they decided to launch an act of their own.
  • Became vocal arranger for Bette Midler, his childhood icon, before he was 18; eventually became her musical director and producer.
  • Wrote music for the "Sweeney Sisters" skits on Saturday Night Live during the 1980s, and also appeared in them as the piano player. He met Billy Crystal as a result, who introduced him to Rob Reiner; he has scored movies by both in the years since.
  • Has worked with such musical artists as Peter Allen, Eric Clapton, Harry Connick Jr., Lauryn Hill, Patti LuPone and Barbra Streisand.
  • Wrote the star-studded FunnyorDie.com video "Prop 8—The Musical," which received 1.2 million hits on its first day online in 2008.

Awards

  • 2002, Grammy — Best Musical Show Album: Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Music Direction: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Score: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
  • 2003, Tony — Original Musical Score: Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction: Nominee
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
  • 2011, Tony — Orchestrations: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Music Direction: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: Nominee

Relationships

  • Claire Shaiman — Mother
  • William Robert Shaiman — Father
  • Scott Wittman — Significant Other

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