Lee Guber Biography (1920-1988)

Full name, Leon M. Guber; born November 20, 1920, in Philadelphia, PA; died of a brain tumor, March 27, 1988, in New York, NY; son of Jack (a hotel operator and realtor) and Elizabeth (Goldberg) Guber; married Edna Shanis (divorced); married Barbara Walters (a television journalist, writer, and producer), December 8, 1963 (divorced, March 23, 1976); married Lois Wyse (a writer), 1982; children: Zev, Carol (first marriage); Jacqueline (second marriage); Robert, Katherine (stepchildren from third marriage).

Birth Details
November 20, 1920
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death Details
March 27, 1988
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits
  • FIRST BROADWAY WORK--Producer, The Happiest Girl in the World, Martin Beck Theatre, 1961.
  • PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK; WITH SHELLY GROSS,UNLESS INDICATED; PRODUCER (Alsowith Frank Ford) Catch Me If You Can, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1965.
  • (also with Ford) Sherry!, Shubert Theatre, Boston, MA, 1967.
  • (also with Bruno Coquatrix) The Grand Music Hall of Israel, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1968.
  • Inquest, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1970.
  • (also with Joseph Harris) Charles Aznavour on Broadway, Minskoff Theatre,New York City, 1974.
  • (also with Harris) Tony Bennett and Lena Horne Sing, Minskoff Theatre, 1974.
  • Lorelei, or Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, Palace Theatre, 1974.
  • (with Gross, as Music Fair Concerts, Inc.) The Monty Python Show, The Pennsylvania Ballet, A Man and a Woman, Newport Jazz Festival, and Peter Pan, all City Center Theatre, New York City, 1976.
  • The King and I, Uris Theatre, New York City, 1977.
  • Annie Get Your Gun, Jones Beach Theatre, Wantaugh, Long Island, NY, 1978.
  • Murder at the Howard Johnson's, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1979.
  • Bruce Forsyth on Broadway, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1979.
  • (Also with Slade Brown and Jim Milford) Bring Back Birdie, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1981.
  • (with Madeline Gilford) The World of Sholom Aleichem, Rialto Theatre, NewYork City, 1982.
  • (also with Ray Larsen, Nelle Nugent, and Elizabeth I. McCann) Painting Churches, Lambs Theatre, New York City, 1983.
  • (with Martin Heinfling and Marvin A. Krauss) Rags, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1986.
  • Also produced (with Gross as Music Fair Concerts, Inc.) Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, I Do! I Do!, Irma la Douce, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Cabaret, Camelot, George M.!, and Sugar Babies,all at Guber-Gross Theatres.
  • The Pleasure of His Company, U.S. cities, 1960.
  • The Andersonville Trial, U.S. cities, 1960.
  • A Thurber Carnival, U.S. cities, 1961.
  • (with David Merrick) Carnival!, U.S. cities, 1962.
  • Mame, U.S. cities, 1969.
  • Lorelei, U.S. cities, 1973, renamed Lorelei, or Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, U.S. cities, 1974.
  • The King and I, U.S. cities, 1979.

Further Reference


  • New York Times, March 28, 1988.
  • Variety, March 30, 1988.

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