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Definition: Lerner from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary

Alan Jay Lerner 1918–1986 Am. dram. & librettist


Summary Article: Lerner, Alan Jay
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born Aug. 31, 1918, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died June 14, 1986, New York City) U.S. librettist and lyricist. Born to a prosperous retailing family, he studied at Juilliard and Harvard. He wrote more than 500 radio scripts between 1940 and 1942, the year he met the composer Frederick Loewe. The two began collaborating, and their first Broadway success came with Brigadoon (1947; film, 1954). It was followed by Paint Your Wagon (1951; film, 1969). My Fair Lady (1956) was an unprecedented triumph, setting a record for the longest original run of any musical; the film version (1964) won seven Academy Awards. Their film musical Gigi (1958) received nine Academy Awards. Camelot followed in 1960 (film, 1967). Lerner also collaborated with Kurt Weill (Love Life, 1948) and Burton Lane (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1965; film, 1970), among others. His film scripts include An American in Paris (1951, Academy Award).

Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States

Death Place: New York City, New York, United States

Name: Lerner, Alan Jay or Alan Jay Lerner

Gender: male

Nationality: American

Activity: American screenwriter and songwriter

Keywords: “Gigi”, Best Original Song, American, Best Screenplay—Adaptation, screenwriting, Best Screenplay—Original, New York City, “Brigadoon”, “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue”, “American in Paris, An”, “Coco”, “Street Where I Live, The”, libretto, autobiography, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”, Alan Jay Lerner, “Love Life”, Lane, Burton, “Camelot”, Academy Award, motion picture, Loewe, Frederick, “Fair Lady, My”, Lerner, Alan Jay, New York, “Dance a Little Closer”, American literature, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Award, “Carmelina”, musical, “Paint Your Wagon”, musical film

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