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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameFrank Henry Loesser

Mini Bio (1)

Frank Loesser was born on June 29, 1910 in New York City, New York, USA as Frank Henry Loesser. He was married to Jo Sullivan Loesser and Lynn Garland. He died on July 28, 1969 in New York City.

Spouse (2)

Jo Sullivan Loesser (30 April 1959 - 28 July 1969) (his death) (2 children)
Lynn Garland (19 October 1936 - 1957) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (16)

He appeared as an actor in one film, the slapstick Red, Hot and Blue (1949), in which, opposite Betty Hutton and Victor Mature, he delivered a most colorful portrayal of a piano-dabbling hoodlum chieftain.
Won three Tony Awards: in 1951, as Best Composer and Lyricist and his music and lyrics as part of a Best Musical win for "Guys and Dolls;" and in 1962, his music and lyrics as part pf a Best Musical win for "How to Succed in Business Without Really Trying." He also received two other Tony nominations: in 1957, his book, music and lyrics as part of a Best Musical nomination for "The Most Happy Fella;" and in 1962, as Best Composer, also for "How to Succeed...".
Co-wrote the song "Heart and Soul", one of the most recognizable pop songs in the world.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
Won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the musical "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying", collaborating with Abe Burrows.
Father, with Lynn Garland, of son John Loesser and daughter Susan Loesser.
Father, with Jo Sullivan Loesser, of daughter Emily Loesser.
Was a workaholic who rarely slept more than four hours in a row.
Never studied music formally.
His father was a noted German-born teacher of classical piano. His brother Arthur was a renowned concert pianist, musicologist and music critic.
Abe Burrows and his musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," at the Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2014 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Midsize Musical Production.
His musical, "Guys and Dolls" at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 1998 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Production.
Songwriter and composer remembered for his contributions to Broadway and Hollywood, among the dozens of which were 'Guys and Dolls' and 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'.
His musical, "The Most Happy Fella," the 25th Anniversary Season presented by Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle Theatre (University of California) in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1991 Drama-Logue Award for Production.
His musical, "The Most Happy Fella" in the 25th Anniversary Season presented by Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle Theatre (University of California) in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1991 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Production.
The musical, "The Most Happy Fella" at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2017 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Production.

Personal Quotes (1)

[advice to young songwriters] Remember, a song is like a freight train moving across a stage. Every boxcar has a word on it. Those people have to hear everything and understand it - fast, because in a minute the car will be gone and they'll never see it again. Make them listen and then lay it in their laps.

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