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Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Pennsylvania, USA

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Arthur Schwartz was born on November 4, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He died on September 3, 1984 in Pennsylvania, USA.

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Father of Jonathan Schwartz.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 711-712. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
Ex-father-in-law of Sara Davidson.
Composer, scenarist, stage and motion-picture producer, educated at New York and Columbia Universities. He taught English literature at New York High Schools between 1921 and 1924. Pressured by his attorney father to study law, he graduated from NYU Law School and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1924, practicing law between 1924 and 1928. He wrote music professionally from 1928. He produced shows on Broadway from 1939. In Hollywood from 1941. Best known songs include "Louisi­ana Hayride"; "You and the Night and the Music"; "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan"; "Seal It With a Kiss"; "Under Your Spell" and "They're Either Too Young or Too Old". Member of ASCAP from 1930.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Ira Gershwin] Knowing him personally so well, I have often wondered how his leisurely temperament ever managed to keep pace with George's supersonic velocity. As a mutual friend once observed, 'Ira's a hard man to get out of an easy chair'. The answer is that there was a chemistry between the two that touched off sparks, flames, explosions. Together they created musical history.

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