Songwriter whose witty, complex lyrics and melodic tunes were often written as special material to showcase the unique talents of her husband, Danny Kaye. (Kaye once admitted, "I am a wife-made man".)...
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|The Inspector General||Composer (Music Score)||n/a||1|
|On the Riviera||Composer (Music Score)||n/a||1|
|The Inspector General||Associate Producer||n/a||1|
|The Five Pennies||1958||Associate Producer||n/a||1|
|The Danny Kaye Show||1966 1962 - 1966||Writer||n/a||1|
|Knock on Wood||1954||Music||("All About You" "Knock On Wood" "The Drastic, Livid History of Monahan O'Han")||1|
|On the Double||1961||Song||songs||1|
|The Court Jester||1956||Music||n/a||1|
|Knock on Wood||1954||Theme Lyrics||lyrics||1|
|Me and the Colonel||1958||Theme Lyrics||lyrics("Suzanne")||1|
|Witness to Murder||1954||Song||songs||1|
|The Court Jester||1956||Theme Lyrics||lyrics||1|
|The Five Pennies||1958||Song||songs("The Five Pennies" "Lullaby in Ragtime" "Goodnight-Sleep Tight")||1|
|The Man Who Drove With Mandela||1997||Song||("Life Could not Better Be")||1|
|Formed Dena Productions with Danny Kaye|
|Signed by Samuel Goldwyn to write special material for Kaye|
|After college helped put on skits at a summer camp in Pennsylvania where fellow entertainers included Imogene Coca, Max Liebman and Danny Kaye; first wrote specialty material for Kaye including a Yiddish version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado"|
|Associated producer of "The Five Pennies" (also songwriter)|
|Produced and narrated her musical theater course as a three part PBS special, "Musical Comedy Tonight"|
|Executive produced award-winning TV special, "Danny Kaye: Look-In at the Met"|
|First taught a course on musical theater at UCS|
|Embarked on separate career as a TV producer and teacher in the 1970s|
|Debut as a nightclub performer with Danny Kaye at La Martinque in NYC; Fine wrote the music and lyrics and accompanied Kaye on the piano 9date approximate)|
|Debut as Broadway composer-lyricist-skit writer when skits written for Pennsylvania summer camp produced on Broadway as "The Straw Hat Revue"|
|Taught her musical theater course at Yale|
Fine wrote the music and/or lyrics for such Kaye vehicles as "Up in Arms" (1944), "Wonder Man" (1945), "The Kid From Brooklyn" (1946) "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947), "The Inspector General" (1949) and "The Court Jester" (1956), and once estimated that she had created over 100 songs for him during their 40-year collaboration. Her songs ranged from fast-paced, tongue-twisting patter numbers such as "Anatole of Paris" and "Melody in 4-F", to the tender "Lullaby in Ragtime" from "The Five Pennies" (1959), to love songs such as "All About You" from "Knock on Wood" (1954). Fine received Oscar nominations for her songs for "The Moon is Blue" (1953) and "The Five Pennies" and also won an Emmy for the 1975 TV production "Danny Kaye: Look in at the Met".
|Danny Kaye||Husband||married on January 3, 1940; born on January 18, 1913; died on March 3, 1987|
|Dena Kaye||Daughter||born in 1946|
|"I can't say what Danny Kaye is like in private life. There are too many of them." --Sylvia Fine (quoted in "Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion", 9th edition, 1998)|
|"I'm Anatole of Paris,
I shiek with chic;
My 'at of ze week
Caused six divorces, three runaway 'orses...
I'm Anatole of Paris, ze 'ats I sell
Make people yell
'Is zat a 'at or a two-room flat?"
--Sylvia Fine's lyric from "Anatole of Paris"
|Fine was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Brooklyn College (1985|
|She financed the restoration of the Hunter College Playhouse (1990)|
|Fine also endowed the Sylvia Fine Chair in Musical Theater at Brooklyn College in 1991.|
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