Stephen Sondheim

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  • Birth Name: Stephen Joshua Sondheim
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Composer, Lyricist
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Fast Facts

  • Having been abandoned as a child by his father and emotionally scarred by his mother, he found a father figure and mentor in family friend Oscar Hammerstein II.
  • Made his mark on Broadway as lyricist for the groundbreaking 1957 musical West Side Story.
  • Broadway credit as a composer was delayed when Ethel Merman balked at his hiring two years later for the musical Gypsy; he did write the lyrics, while Jule Styne composed the music.
  • First music-and-lyrics credit came with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1962.
  • Wrote "Send in the Clowns" for 1973's A Little Night Music; it was recorded by Judy Collins in 1975 and became a pop hit.
  • A fondness for puzzles led to cowriting, with actor Anthony Perkins, an original screenplay for the intricate mystery The Last of Sheila (1973).
  • Won a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for the musical Sunday in the Park With George, about pointillist painter George Seurat.
  • National Endowment for the Arts awarded him the National Medal of Freedom in 1996.
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Awards

  • 1988, Grammy — Best Musical Cast Show Album: Winner
  • 1975, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
  • 1971, Tony — Score: Winner
  • 1973, Tony — Score (Musical): Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best Score From The Original Cast Show Album: Winner
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Cast Show Album: Winner
  • 1994, Tony — Original Musical Score: Winner
  • 1970, Grammy — Best Score From The Original Cast Show Album: Winner
  • 2008, Tony — Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Winner
  • 1971, Tony — Lyrics (Musical): Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Musical Show Album: Winner
  • 1965, Tony — Composer and Lyricist: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1979, Grammy — Best Cast Show Album: Winner
  • 1979, Tony — Score: Winner
  • 1984, Tony — Score: Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 1963, Tony — Musical: Winner
  • 1972, Tony — Score: Winner
  • 1988, Tony — Score (Musical): Winner
  • 1976, Tony — Score (Musical): Nominee
  • 1982, Tony — Score: Nominee
  • 1960, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1958, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Musical Show Album: Winner

Relationships

  • Herbert Sondheim — Father
  • Peter Jones — Ex-significant Other
  • Lee Remick — Ex-significant Other
  • Janet Fox Sondheim — Mother

College

  • Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States (1950)

Details

  • Birth Name: Stephen Joshua Sondheim
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Composer, Lyricist

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