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E.Y. Harburg (1896–1981)

One of the great lyricists of American song, Harburg grew up (as Irwin Hochberg) in the working-class Jewish ghetto of Manhattan's Lower East Side. In high school, he befriended Ira Gershwin, later his collaborator on student literary ventures at City College of New York; both also contributed to F.P. Adams' column in the daily New York World, the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Flahooley. Musical comedy/puppets. Based on material by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy. Music by Sammy Fain. Musical Director: Maurice Levine. Music orchestrated by Ted Royal. Special material for Miss Sumac written by Moises Vivanco. Choreographed by Helen Tamiris. Scenic Design by Howard Bay. Costume Design by David Ffolkes and ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

E.Y. 'Yip' Harburg | Yip Harburg

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[on 'The Wizard of Oz'] I loved the idea of having the freedom to do lyrics that were not just songs but scenes. See more »


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 364-366 (as Yip Harburg). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »



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