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Frederick Loewe 1901-1988

With his collaborator, lyricist Alan J. Lerner, Austrian-American composer Frederick Loewe transformed American musical theater with such acclaimed Broadway shows as Brigadoon (1947), Paint Your Wagon (1951), and the Tony Award-winning My Fair Lady (1956) and Camelot (1960). Lerner and Loewe also wrote the score for the Academy Award-winning film Gigi (1958), which they later adapted into a Tony Award-winning stage hit. A native of Vienna, Loewe grew up in Berlin and began composing songs as a seven-year-old child. He immigrated to New York in 1924 with his father, a Jewish operetta star. Loewe was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972