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Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960)

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein. He is known for his work on State Fair (1945), Great Performances (1971) and Show Boat (1951). He was married to Dorothy Hammerstein and Myra Finn. He died on August 23, 1960 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

State Fair Writer
Show Boat Writer
The Sound of Music Music Department


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 2019 He's Just a GURL Who'll QUID PRO QUO! (Short) (based on)
 2019 The Next Ten Minutes Ago (Video short)
 2019 Oh What a Beautiful Mornin' (Video short)
 2018 The King and I (book by)
 2013 Oklahoma! (book and lyrics by)
  Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (play and lyrics - 1 episode, 2013) (play - 1 episode, 2010)
- South Pacific (2010) ... (play)
 2011 Oklahoma! (TV Special documentary) (book by)
  Great Performances (TV Series) (book by - 1 episode, 2006) (play - 1 episode, 1989) (book and lyrics by - 1 episode, 1989)
- Show Boat (1989) ... (play)
- The New Moon (1989) ... (book and lyrics by)
 2001 South Pacific (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1999 Oklahoma! (TV Movie) (book by)
 1999 The King and I (adapted from the musical by)
 1997 Cinderella (TV Movie) (book and lyrics by)
 1996 The Sound of Music (TV Movie) (play)
 1967 Carousel (TV Movie) (play)
 1965 Rosemarie (TV Movie) (play)
 1962 State Fair (adaptation)
 1961 Flower Drum Song (book of stage play - uncredited)
 1958 South Pacific (adapted from the play "South Pacific")
 1957 Cinderella (TV Movie)
 1956 The King and I (book from their musical play)
 1956 Carousel (book by)
 1955 Oklahoma! (adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play)
 1955 The Desert Song (TV Movie) (play)
 1954 Carmen Jones (book by - as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd)
 1954 Rose Marie (operetta)
 1953 The Desert Song (based upon the play by - as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd)
 1951 Show Boat (based on the immortal musical play "Show Boat" by)
 1945 State Fair (screenplay)
 1944 Broadway Rhythm (play "Very Warm For May")
 1943 The Desert Song (play)
 1941 Sunny (play)
 1940 New Moon (book of play)
 1937 Swing High, Swing Low (screen play)
 1936 Show Boat (screen play) / (stage play)
 1936 Rose-Marie (from the play by - as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd)
 1934 Sweet Adeline (by)
 1934 Music in the Air (libretto)
 1934 The Flame Song (Short) (based on "The Song of the Flame" by)
 1932/I The Red Shadow (Short) (by: Based on "The Desert Song" - as Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd)
 1930 New Moon (book: of musical operetta "New Moon" - as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd)
 1930 Viennese Nights (operetta: "Viennese Nights" - as Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd) / (story - as Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd)
 1930 Sunny (book of play)
 1930 Golden Dawn (from the operetta by)
 1930 The Song of the Flame (book)
 1930 Song of the West (operetta Rainbow)
 1929 The Desert Song (play)
 1925 New Toys (play)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote "Carousel," performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, with Stephen Douglass and Mary O'Fallon in the cast. Frank Carrington and Agnes Morgan were directors. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Oscar Hammerastein 2nd | Oscar Hammerstein 2nd | Hammerstein II | 2nd Oscar Hammerstein | Mr. Oscar Hammerstein | Rodgers & Hammerstein | Rodgers and Hammerstein | Oscar


6' 3" (1.91 m)


Dorothy Hammerstein  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on the potential emergence of new and talented songwriters] Well, I've been around a long time now, and the only thing I can tell you is that it always looks this way - dark and depressing. But somewhere, somebody new always crops up. It may be in a new form, or he may write in a new way - you never can be sure exactly how - but sooner or later a new guy shows up and he comes through. See more »


Richard Rodgers and his musical, "The King and I" at the Marriott Theatre was nominated for a 1987 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Production. See more »



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