Jerome Kern

  • Birth Name: Jerome David Kern
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: November 11, 1945
  • Profession: Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • One of America's preeminent songwriters, composed first Broadway score for The Red Petticoat (1912).
  • Biggest hit on the Great White Way was Show Boat (1927), which was such a huge success that the 1929 film version omitted most of his songs on the theory that they were too familiar to audiences; subsequent Hollywood treatments, in 1931 and 1956, restored the full score.
  • Fred Astaire danced to Kern's music in several films, including 1936's Swing Time, in which he partnered with Ginger Rogers to Kern's Oscar-winning "The Way You Look Tonight," and 1942's You Were Never Lovelier.
  • Encouraged talented young composers such as George Gershwin.
  • Died while writing songs for Annie Get Your Gun; Irving Berlin inherited the project.
  • The 1946 musical Till the Clouds Roll By was an idealized account of his life.

Awards

  • 1946, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1935, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1936, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Winner
  • 1945, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1945, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Nominee
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Winner
  • 1942, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1944, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee

Relationships

  • Henry Kern — Father
  • Fannie Kern — Mother
  • Elizabeth — Daughter
  • Eva Leale Kern — Wife

College

  • New York College of Music, New York, New York, United States; Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

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