Alan Jay Lerner Biography (1918-1986)

Born August 31, 1918, in New York, NY; died of throat cancer, June 14, 1986,in New York, NY, son of Joseph J. and Edith (Adelson) Lerner; married Ruth Boyd; married Marion Bell (a singer and actress); married Nancy Olsen (an actress); married Micheline Mussellin Posso di Bergo; married Karen Gundersson; married Sandra Payne; married Nina Bushkin; married Liz Robertson (an actress),August, 1981.

Alan Jay Lerner worked with some of the most creative theatrical practitioners of the twentieth century. Most of his works (The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi, and The Little Prince) were written with the composer Frederick Loewe. Love Life was written with composer Kurt Weill; 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein; A Royal Wedding, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmelina were written with Burton Lane; Coco was written with Andre Previn. Lerner also wrote a version of Ona Clear Day..., then titled I Picked a Daisy, with Richard Rodgers.

Lerner appeared at the YMHA series in New York City, Lyrics and Lyricists, discussing and performing his own works, on December 12, 1971.

Birth Details
August 31, 1918
New York, New York, United States
Death Details
June 14, 1986
New York, New York, United States

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