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Meredith Willson (1902–1984)


Meredith Willson--musician, playwright, and composer--was best known for the book, words, and music for The Music Man (1962). He wrote two other musical plays, including The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). Many of his songs are standards, including "You and I", "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You", "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", "... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Music Man Writer
(1962)
The Great Dictator Music Department
(1940)
(1995)
The Wedding Singer Soundtrack
(1998)

Filmography

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 2018 He Doesn't Know the Territory (Music Video)
 1971 The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World (TV Movie documentary) (conductor)
 1952 The Ezio Pinza Show (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Christmas Eve Show (1952) ... (musical director)
 1940 The Great Dictator (conductor - uncredited) / (music arranger - uncredited) / (musical director)
 1936 Happy-Go-Lucky (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 Undersea Kingdom (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 Czar of Broadway (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front (composer: stock music - silent version, uncredited)
 1930 Peacock Alley (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1927 The King of Kings (composer: additional music - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

What Every Musician Should Know (booklet), Robbins, 1938. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »

Spouse:

Rosemary Patricia Sullivan  (his death) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

. . .when you start a play and you type 'Act one, scene one, ' your writing is every bit as good as Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill or anyone. It's that fifth word where amateurs start to go wrong.

Trivia:

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6411 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. See more »

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