Richard Rodgers

  • Birth Name: Richard Charles Rodgers
  • Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
  • Died: December 30, 1979
  • Profession: Composer, Writer, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Had written several songs by the age of 14, and had his first published at 17.
  • Met lyricist Lorenz Hart in 1919 and began a 24-year collaboration.
  • Partnership with Hart resulted in a number of enduring hit songs, including "My Heart Stood Still," "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning 1943 musical Oklahoma! marked the beginning of Rodgers' 17-year partnership with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's subsequent triumphs included the musicals Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959).
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
  • Honored posthumously when the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway was renamed Richard Rodgers Theatre in 1990.
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein were commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp in 1999.
  • Daughters Mary and Linda have established themselves as musical composers, as have their sons, Adam Guettel and Peter Melnick.

Awards

  • 1958, Emmy — Best Musical Contribution for Television: Nominee
  • 1962, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1952, Tony — Musical: Winner
  • 1960, Grammy — Best Show Album (Original Cast): Winner
  • 1962, Grammy — Best Original Cast Show Album: Winner
  • 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed for Television: Winner
  • 1959, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1945, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Winner
  • 1950, Tony — Musical: Winner
  • 1962, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1950, Tony — Producer (Musical): Winner
  • 1956, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1962, Tony — Composer: Winner
  • 1965, Tony — Composer and Lyricist: Nominee
  • 1960, Tony — Musical: Winner
  • 1996, Tony — Original Musical Score: Nominee
  • 1950, Tony — Score: Winner
  • 1972, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1979, Tony — Lawrence Langner Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre: Winner

Relationships

  • William Abraham Rodgers — Father
  • Mamie Levy Rodgers — Mother
  • Mary Rodgers — Daughter
  • Dorothy Feiner Rodgers — Wife
  • Linda Rodgers — Daughter
  • Mortimer Rodgers — Brother

College

  • Columbia University, New York, New York, United States; Institute of Musical Art, New York, New York, United States
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