Elmer Bernstein Biography (1922-)



Born April 4, 1922, in New York, NY; son of Edward and Selma (Feinstein) Bernstein; married Pearl Glusman, December 21, 1946 (divorced); married Eve Adamson, October 25, 1965; children: (first marriage) Peter Matthew (a composer),Gregory Eames (an actor, writer, and director); (second marriage) Emily Adamson (an orchestrator), Elizabeth Campbell. Education: Attended the Walden School, New York University, and the Juilliard School; studied with IsraelCitkowitz, Aaron Copland, Henriette Michelson, Roger Sessions, and Stefan Wolpe. Addresses: Office-- Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, 3301 BarhamBlvd., Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90068-1477. Agent-- Kraft-Benjamin Agency, 345 North Maple Dr., Suite 385, Beverly Hills, CA 90210-3869. Career: Composer, conductor, arranger, music director, music producer, and music supervisor. Concert pianist in New York City, Philadelphia, PA, and Chicago, IL, 1946-50; composer for United Nations radio broadcasts, 1949; Valley Symphony Orchestra, CA, music director; Thornton School of Music, University ofSouthern California, professor. Also worked as an actor, dancer, and painter. Elmer Bernstein Enterprises, founder. Military service: U.S. Army Air Force; affiliated with the Armed Forces Radio Network during World War II.Member: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (first vice president, beginning in 1963; chair of the music branch with others), Screen Composers Association (director), Composers and Lyricists Guild of America (president, 1970--), Film Music Society (president), National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (founding life member and director), Young Musicians Foundation (president, c. 1961-71), Thalians Club (vice president, 1959-62), AmericanSociety of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Awards, Honors: AcademyAward nomination, best score, 1955, for The Man with the Golden Arm;Motion Picture Exhibitor Laurel Awards, 1956, 1957, and 1962; Academy Award nomination, best score, and Western Heritage Award, both 1960, for The Magnificent Seven; Academy Award nomination, best score, 1961, for Summerand Smoke; Academy Award nomination (with Mack David), best song, 1962, for the theme song to Walk on the Wild Side; Golden Globe Award, best original score, and Academy Award nomination, best original music score, both1963, for To Kill a Mockingbird; Emmy Award, outstanding achievement in music composition, 1963, for The Making of the President: 1960; Western Heritage Award, 1965, for The Hallelujah Trail; Academy Award nomination, best adapted score, 1966, for Return of the Seven; Academy Award nomination (with Mack David), best song, 1966, for "My Wishing Doll," fromHawaii; Academy Award nomination, best original music score, 1966, and Golden Globe Award, best original score, 1967, both for Hawaii; Academy Award, best original score, 1967, Golden Globe nomination, best originalscore, 1968, both for Thoroughly Modern Millie; Antoinette Perry Awardnomination, best musical play, 1968, for How Now, Dow Jones; AcademyAward nomination (with Don Black), best song, and Golden Globe Award nomination (with Don Black), best original song, both 1969, for the theme song to True Grit; Academy Award nomination (with Don Black), best song, 1974, for "Wherever Love Takes Me," from Gold; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding achievement in music composition for a series, 1976, for Best Sellers; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best score of a musical, 1983, for Merlin; Academy Award nomination, best original song score or adaptationscore, 1983, for Trading Places; Career Achievement Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, 1991; Academy Award nomination, best original score, 1993, for The Age of Innocence; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1996; Maverick Tribute Award, Cinequest San Jose Film Festival,1998; honorary doctorate of music, Five Towns College, 1999; American Film Institute Award, 1999; Santa Barbara Film Festival Award, 1999; American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award, top box office film, 2000, forWild Wild West; lifetime achievement awards from the Flanders International Film Festival, Foundation for a Creative America, Society for the Preservation of Film Music, USA Film Festival, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; multiple Grammy Award nominations; painting awards. Addresses: Office: Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, 3301 Barham Blvd., Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90068-1477.; Agent: Kraft-Benjamin Agency, 345 NorthMaple Dr., Suite 385, Beverly Hills, CA 90210-3869.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Composer, conductor, arranger, music director, music producer, music supervisor
Birth Details
April 4, 1922
New York, New York, United States

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