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Date of Birth 20 October 1897London, England, UK
Date of Death 1 January 1980Palm Desert, California, USA  (heart failure)
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Academy Award-winning composer, songwriter, conductor and arranger, educated at London Poly. and the Royal Academy of Music. He came to the USA in 1910 and became a US citizen in 1920, eventually leading his own orchestra; later he composed and arranged for and conducted other dance bands. He was the music director and arranger for three Broadway musicals, and spent three seasons with the Paul Whiteman Music Hall program. Coming to Hollywood under film studio contract, he founded the Screen Composer's Association and served as its president from 1943 to 1953. Joining ASCAP in 1940, he collaborated musically with Vincent Lopez, and his popular-song and instrumental compositions include "March of the United Nations", "Margot", "Lonely Room", "Clarabelle", "Three Sisters", "Piano Echoes", "Skyride", "Stairways", and "March Eccentrique".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Hup234!

London-born piano child prodigy Adolph Deutsch trained at the Royal Academy of Music from the age of eight and composed his first piece, a waltz for piano, entitled "La Charmeuse" two years later. He moved to the U.S. in 1910 and got his first job working for a publishing house, during which time he took pains to attend musical recitals and rehearsals and fully immerse himself into the art of orchestration and composition. During the 1920's and early 30's, Deutsch free-lanced variously as arranger and musical director in New York and Chicago, turning out numerous top-flight arrangements for leading dance bands of the day. He spent five years as arranger/conductor with Paul Ash's semi-symphonic orchestra, which performed regularly at the Oriental and Paramount theatres. This was followed by a 39-week stint on The Kraft Music Hall radio show and a year with legendary bandleader Paul Whiteman's Musical Varieties network radio broadcast.

In 1937, Deutsch was signed to a personal contract by director Mervyn LeRoy for Warner Brothers. He spent the next nine years at Warners, composing often subtle music for many of the studio's moody, low key films noir and melodramas. They included The Maltese Falcon (1941), Lucky Jordan (1942), The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) and the haunting score for High Sierra (1941), reminiscent of Max Steiner, and complete with a rousing, up-beat finale. His regular orchestrators during this period were Jerome Moross and Arthur Lange.

Since Ray Heindorf handled the relatively few musicals made at Warners, Deutsch did not have a lot to do with the genre until he joined MGM in 1948, as a replacement for the ailing Herbert Stothart. Handed an eight-year contract, Deutsch first assisted on the musical Luxury Liner (1948) and then received several prestige assignments, beginning with the Technicolor re-make of Little Women (1949). He was subsequently promoted to musical director for MGM's lavish musicals Annie Get Your Gun (1950), Show Boat (1951) and The Belle of New York (1952). He won three Oscars for Best Score, the first for "Annie Get Your Gun", the other two for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Oklahoma! (1955).

In addition to his studio work, Deutsch composed a symphonic work, "The Scottish Suite" (1936) and a "Prelude and Salute to Oscar" for the 18th Academy Award Presentation in 1946. From 1946 to 1947, he also acted as musical director on Hedda Hopper's weekly national radio broadcast of "This Is Hollywood". He was a founder member and former president of the Screen Composers Association.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

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Hermina Selz (? - ?)

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