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Date of Birth 26 August 1907Berlin, Germany
Date of Death 23 January 1991San Diego, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameMagdalene Lela Saenger (orig. "Lella")

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Lela Simone was a solo pianist with the MGM studio orchestra, joining MGM on a part-time basis in 1937 and fulltime by 1939. She had fled her native Germany in 1933, where she had been a child piano prodigy, giving concerts at age sixteen. At MGM she became part of "the Freed Unit" (with Arthur Freed, Roger Edens and Conrad Salinger), known on the lot as The Royal Family. It was Simone who assembled the first complete soundtrack recording for MGM, "Till The Clouds Roll By". Simone also worked as vocal coach, piano instructor, music editor, and other functions in the MGM music department, finally resigning after her work for "Gigi" (1958) was completed.

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