ALAN JAY LERNER
BOOK AND LYRICS
Alan Jay Lerner was born in New York in 1918.
In 1942, Lerner wrote his first musical with Frederick Loewe called Life of the Party; in 1943, they wrote their first Broadway musical, What's Up? The team went on to write The Day Before Spring in 1945, followed by their first hit, Brigadoon, in 1947.
Lerner wrote the libretto for An American in Paris, the first musical film to win an Oscar. Lerner and Loewe teamed up again in the 1950s to write Paint Your Wagon, the mega-hit My Fair Lady, the film Gigi (winner of nine Oscars, including Best Picture) and Camelot in 1960.
After the retirement of Frederick Loewe, Lerner went on to write On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmelina with Burton Lane, Coco with André Previn, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein and Dance a Little Closer with Charles Strouse.
Lerner and Loewe reunited in 1973 to provide Broadway with a stage version of Gigi.
Alan Jay Lerner died in 1986 at the age of 67.