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Richard Rodgers

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Birthday
28, 1902
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Dec 30, 1979 (77)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
28, 1902
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Dec 30, 1979 (77)

About

Broadway composer with Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart. He composed over 900 songs and 43 musicals, including "Oklahoma!," "The King and I," "The Sound of Music," and many other immortal classics.

Before Fame

He spent his formative summer years at Camp Wigwam, which proved to be a breeding ground for his considerable compositional talents. He served as musical director for Lew Fields and also accompanied Nora Bayes and Fred Allen.

Trivia

He also wrote "Dearest Enemy" from 1925, "The Girl Friend" from 1926, and "A Connecticut Yankee" from 1927 with Hart and "Carousel" from 1945, "South Pacific" from 1949, and "Cinderella" from 1957 with Hammerstein.

Family Life

He was born into the upper-class German Jewish family of Dr. William Abrahams Rodgers, a respected physician. He married Dorothy Rodgers in 1940, and they had two children together.

Associated With

He and Marvin Hamlisch both received Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Grammy Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize. However, he was the first to attain an EGOT: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.