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Cole Porter

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Peru, Ind., 1891; d Santa Monica, Calif., 1964).

Amer. composer. First stage prod. in NY was See America First, 1916. First big success was Wake Up and Dream, London 1929. There...

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Columbia Pictures

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Founded in 1924 as a minor operation on Hollywood's “poverty row,” the studio emerged in the 1930s as one of the major league players and has remained so ever since. ...

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Fred Astaire

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Dance.

1899–1987)

US dancer and film star, described by both George Balanchine and Rudolph Nureyev as the world's greatest dancer.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he and his sister...

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Nan Wynn

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 8 May 1915, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA, d. 21 March 1971, Santa Monica, California, USA. A smooth, soft-voiced singer, Wynn moved to New York in her teens and joined ...

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Rita Hayworth

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Margarita Carmen Cansino, 17 October 1918, Brooklyn, New York, USA, d. 14 May 1987, New York, USA. An actress and dancer; one of the most popular and glamorous film ...

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Robert Alton

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Theatre.

(b Bennington, Vt., 1902; d Hollywood, Calif., 12 Jun. 1957)

US dancer and choreographer. He studied with Mordkin, becoming a dancer with his company, and during the 1930s and...

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Robert Benchley

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1889–1945),

drama critic, humorist, and actor, after graduating from Harvard (1912) wrote for New York newspapers and magazines, and was theater critic of Life (1920–29) and The...

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Sidney Lanfield

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1898–1972).

Film and television director. During his two decades in Hollywood, he helmed many comedies, melodramas, and musicals. Lanfield was born in Chicago and worked as a jazz...

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You Were Never Lovelier

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

After their compatibility and box-office appeal had been established in You’ll Never Get Rich in 1941, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth were brought together again a year later for this ...

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