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George Gershwin (1898–1937)


He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "Swanee" and his first Broadway show "La, La, Lucille."... See full bio »

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Manhattan Soundtrack
(1979)
An American in Paris Music Department
(1951)
(1989)
L.A. Confidential Soundtrack
(1997)

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  Fascinating Rhythm (music and lyrics by) (pre-production)
 2022 'Round Miles: A Miles Davis Documentary (Video documentary) (completed)
 2020 Hope@Home (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.22 (2020) ... (music)
 2020 The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (2020) ... (music by)
 2019 New York Rhapsody (Short)
 2019 Lana Del Rey: Doin' Time (Music Video)
 2018 Corrado Giuffredi Duets (TV Series) (2018)
  Great Performances (TV Series) (music - 1 episode, 2018) (music and lyrics by - 1 episode, 1999)
- Gershwin: An American in Paris (2018) ... (music)
- Crazy for You (1999) ... (music and lyrics by)
 2018 An American in Paris - The Musical (music and lyrics by)
 2017 Rhapsody (Video short)
 2017 The Boris Giltburg Five Minute Library (TV Series) (soundtrack - 1 episode)
- The Chromatic Scale (2017) ... (soundtrack)
 2017 Crapsody in Blue (Video short) (music by)
 2016 Rhapsody in Blue with Yuja Wang and Dudalmel (Video) (stock music)
 2015 Playing Portraits (TV Series) (2015)
 2015 Kustavi (Documentary) (stock music)
 2013 New World Symphony Wallcast Tm Concert 8 (Video documentary) (stock music)
 2013 The Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' (music: opera by)
 2011 Cordially, Georgia O'Keeffe (Documentary short) (music)
 2006 Nodame Cantabile (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Sayonara nodame!! Namida no christmas kôen (2006) ... (music: "Rhapsody on Blue" - as Gershwsin)
 2005 Great Women Singers of the 20th Century: Chaka Khan (Video) (music: "Summertime" and "I Love You Porgy")
 2003 Nina Simone: Live at Ronnie Scott's (Video) (music: "Summertime")
 2002 Prom at the Palace (TV Special documentary) (composer: additional music)
 2002 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
 2000 Rhapsody in Blue (Short) (music by)
 1991-1994 Second Thoughts (TV Series) (composer - 70 episodes)
- Friday the Thirteenth (1994) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Full House (1994) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Sporting Chance (1994) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Dress Circle (1994) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Mortal Thoughts (1994) ... (composer: incidental music)
 1993 American Playhouse (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- The Gershwins', Porgy & Bess (1993) ... (music by)
 1988-1990 After Henry (TV Series) (composer Three Quatre Blues - 31 episodes)
- Last Chances (1990) ... (composer Three Quatre Blues)
- Family Album (1990) ... (composer Three Quatre Blues)
- Unforeseen Circumstances (1990) ... (composer Three Quatre Blues)
- Party Politics (1990) ... (composer Three Quatre Blues)
- The Mysterious Affair at Bygone Books (1990) ... (composer Three Quatre Blues)
 1985 Frank Sinatra in Japan: Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo (TV Special) (music: "Someone to Watch Over Me")
 1985 Bergerac (TV Series) (composer - 3 episodes)
- Chrissie (1985) ... (composer: incidental music)
- What Dreams May Come? (1985) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Off Shore Trades (1985) ... (composer: incidental music)
 1982 Fun Boy Three: Summertime (Music Video) (stock music)
 1982 A Lot of Happiness (TV Special documentary)
 1980 Grâce à la musique (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
 1978 Contact (Short) (composer)
 1977-1978 Song by Song (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- By Dietz (1978) ... (music)
- By Ira Gershwin (1977) ... (music)
 1975 Zhoro, Sharo i Mara - bufosinhronisti (Short) (songs by)
 1974 Monsanto Night Presents Jack Jones (TV Special) (music)
 1973 Omnibus (TV Series documentary) (composer - 1 episode)
- Gershwin's Porgy (1973) ... (composer: Porgy and Bess)
 1969 Die Kobibs'chen des Mr. Miggletwitcher (TV Movie) (music)
 1968 The Jazz Age (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Tip-Toes (1968) ... (music: "Tip-Toes")
 1968 Prestige de la musique (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- George Gershwin (1968) ... (music)
 1966 Porgy in Wien (TV Movie) (music: from "Porgy and Bess")
 1964 Kiss Me, Stupid (songs by)
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- At Your Service (1964) ... (composer: American in Paris)
 1963 Rapsodia en Bogotá (Short) (Music used)
 1962 Moderne Commedia dell' Arte (TV Movie)
 1957-1959 Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z (TV Series) (featuring the music of - 2 episodes)
- G (1959) ... (featuring the music of)
- G (1957) ... (featuring the music of)
 1957 Funny Face (songwriter: music)
 1957 Episode am Mittag - Eine Ballettstudie (TV Series short)
 1953-1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- The American Musical Comedy (1956) ... (music: "Of Thee I Sing" - uncredited)
- Lord Byron's Love Letter (1953) ... (music: from 'Blue Monday' - segment "135th Street")
 1951 An American in Paris (music by)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (music: songs)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (music by)
 1937 Shall We Dance (music by)
 1934 The Flame Song (Short) (music: Song of the Flame)
 1932 Girl Crazy (additional music: new) / (music by: musical play "Girl Crazy")
 1930 King of Jazz (additional musical numbers)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1987-1988 Season) Ira Gershwin and his musical, "My One and Only," was performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with George Dvorsky and Donna Kane in the cast. Richard Casper was director. Patti D'Beck was choreographer. Mark Goodman was musical director. Adrianne Lobel and Tony Walton were scenic ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 12 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 7 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Alternate Names:

Gershwin | Gershwsin

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Jerome Kern, 1916] He was the first composer who made me conscious that popular music was of inferior quality, and that musical-comedy music was made of better material. I followed Kern's work and studied each song that he composed. I paid him the tribute of frank imitation, and many things I wrote at that time sounded as though he had written them himself. See more »

Trivia:

Younger brother of lyricist Ira Gershwin. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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