George Gershwin
Stanley Donen
(Movies & TV)
Funny Face
Catfish Row
Yip Harburg
Julie Bishop (actress)
(Movies & TV)
Rosemary Clooney
(Movies & TV)

See also

Ira Gershwin

Knowledge Identifier: +Ira_Gershwin


Ira Gershwin

American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century add

Category: Music

Born in 1896.

Countries: United States (80%), (10%), India (5%)

Main connections: George Gershwin, Stanley Donen, Funny Face

Linked to: City College of New York, University of Texas at Austin




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Ira Gershwin was born in 1896 add something


He graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 1914, where he met Yip Harburg, with whom he enjoyed a lifelong friendship, and a love of Gilbert and Sullivan add something


It was not until 1921 that Ira became involved in the music business add something


It was not until 1924 that Ira and George Gershwin teamed up to write the music for their first Broadway hit "Lady, Be Good" add something


He married Leonore in 1926 add something


Stanley Donen - "Funny Face" contains four of the original George and Ira Gershwin songs from the 1927 Broadway musical of the same name that had starred Fred Astaire, although it is not an adaptation of that show


Gershwin, along with George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, was a recipient of the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Of Thee I Sing" add something


Their partnership continued until George's sudden death from a brain tumor in 1937 add something


Catfish Row - Gershwin conducted all of the ensuing performances before his death in 1937, and many scholars have pronounced it unperformed and virtually forgotten until its March 1958 rediscovery by Ira Gershwin's secretary, Lawrence D. Stewart


Julie Bishop (actress) - She was Humphrey Bogart's leading lady in "Action in the North Atlantic" , played Ira Gershwin's wife in the biopic "Rhapsody in Blue" , and closed out her Warners years in 1946's "Cinderella Jones"


But the failure of "Park Avenue" in 1946, a "smart" show about divorce, co-written with composer Arthur Schwartz, was his farewell to Broadway add something


Funny Face - "'Funny Face"' is a 1957 American musical film directed by Stanley Donen, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin


Catfish Row - In 1958, Ira Gershwin decided to re-title the work "Catfish Row" to distinguish it from Robert Russell Bennett's medley, though its first recording, by the Utah Symphony, nonetheless used the original title


His critically acclaimed book "Lyrics on Several Occasions" of 1959, an amalgam of autobiography and annotated anthology, is an important source for studying the art of the lyricist in the golden age of American popular song add something


Rosemary Clooney - Living for many years in Beverly Hills, California, in the house formerly owned by George and Ira Gershwin, in 1980, she purchased a second home on Riverside Drive in Augusta, Kentucky, near Maysville, Kentucky, her childhood hometown

Ira Gershwin died in 1983 add something


He died in Beverly Hills, California, on August 17, 1983 at the age of 86 add something


In 1987, Ira's widow, Leonore Gershwin, established the Ira Gershwin Literacy Center at University Settlement, a century-old institution at 185 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side, New York City add something


Tom Petty - In April 1996, Petty received the UCLA's George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin *award for Lifetime Musical Achievement


Herbie Hancock - Hancock achieved great success in 1998 with his album Gershwin's World, which featured inventive readings of George and Ira Gershwin standards by Hancock and a plethora of guest stars, including Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Shorter.


Porgy and Bess - "New MusicBox", 8 July 2005 Indeed, Ira Gershwin stipulated that only blacks be allowed to play the lead roles when the opera was performed in the United States, launching the careers of several prominent opera singers


In 2007, the United States Library of Congress named its Prize for Popular Song after him and his brother George add something


Edward Barnes (composer) - He produced the 2009 concert version of Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin's operetta, "The Firebrand of Florence", at the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, featuring Nathan Gunn, Anna Christy, Victoria Clark, Terrence Mann and David Pittu, to great critical acclaim


Lucas Grabeel - In early 2009, he appeared at the Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event , an AIDS charity event, in Beverly Hills performing George and Ira Gershwin's "I Can't Be Bothered Now"


Julie Andrews - On 8 May 2009, Andrews received the honorary George and Ira Gershwin *award for Lifetime Achievement in Music at the annual UCLA Spring Sing competition in Pauley Pavilion


Feinstein's book "The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs" about working for Ira, and George and Ira's music was published in 2012 add something