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Leonard Bernstein

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Birthday
25, 1918
Birthplace
Lawrence, MA
Death Date
Oct 14, 1990 (72)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
25, 1918
Birthplace
Lawrence, MA
Death Date
Oct 14, 1990 (72)

About

Internationally acclaimed musician and educator who composed the music to "West Side Story," "Wonderful Town," and other popular musicals.

Before Fame

He was the accompanist for The Reviewers, a comedy troupe comprised of lyricist and playwright Adolph Green, Green's comedienne and writing partner Betty Comden, and Broadway and film performer Judy Holliday

Trivia

He embraced the new medium of television in 1954, becoming the first conductor to give televised lectures on classical music, a practice that continued throughout the rest of his life.

Family Life

He married Felicia Montealegre on September 10, 1951, in spite of his rumored homosexuality. They had three children together.

Associated With

He was close to the Kennedy family and conducted the 1968 funeral mass for Robert F. Kennedy, following the public figure's shocking assassination.