Getting To Know Him: A Biography Of Oscar Hammerstein II

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Da Capo Press, Aug 22, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 383 pages
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Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) forged a remarkable, multifaceted career as a librettist, lyricist, playwright, director, and producer. He wrote Carmen Jones, Carousel, Show Boat, and, with longtime collaborator Richard Rodgers, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Hugh Fordin enjoyed complete access to the Hammerstein archives and conducted numerous interviews with family and colleagues like Rodgers, Berlin, Robbins, and Sondheim. The result is the definitive biography of a creative giant, who changed forever the texture of American theater.
 

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Contents

Oscar Greeley Ctmdenning Hammerstein
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One Foot in the Door
41
One Foot Other Foot
74
Troubles and Hopes and Fears
123
A New Lease on Life
179
Oh What a Beautiful Momin
202
R 6 Hand Their First Original
239
Saw Paris Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstem II Music by Jerome Kem Copyright
249
Some Enchanted Evening
259
One Hit One Miss
283
RH Negative
314
When 1 Grow Too OU to Dream The Night
315
The Shadows Fall
343
Selected Bibliography
361
Index
365
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Hugh Fordin has been a producer in both theater and film. As head of casting for David Merrick, he was involved in the making of M*A*S*H, Hello Dolly!, and Play It Again, Sam. The author of The Movies' Greatest Musicals: The Freed Unit at MGM, he lives in New York City, where he is the president of DRG Records.

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