Oscar Hammerstein II

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Birthday
12, 1895
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Aug 23, 1960 (65)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
12, 1895
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Aug 23, 1960 (65)

About

With longtime collaborator Richard Rodgers made legendary contributions to American musical theatre.

Before Fame

He went to Columbia University and Columbia Law School, but dropped out of law school to embrace theatre full-time. His first musical was Always You from 1921.

Trivia

His first collaboration with Rodgers was a musical adaptation of the play Green Grow the Lilacs. Their adaptation would be called Oklahoma!, opening on Broadway in 1943. They went on to write Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and many other classics that developed the idea of the songs advancing and establishing the characters in the play.

Family Life

He married Myra Finn on August 22, 1917; they divorced in 1929. He married Dorothy Jacobson on May 13, 1929. He had two children by Myra and one child, future theatre director and producer James Hammerstein, by Dorothy.

Associated With

He also collaborated with Jerome Kern, for which Show Boat from 1927 was their biggest hit.