Alan Jay Lerner

Lyricist, Librettist, Screenwriter
Scion of the Lerner Shops fortune whose elegant lyrics reflected the sophisticated world of style and wit in which he lived. A chance meeting in 1942 with German-born composer Frederick Loewe who was fourteen years his ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1918 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (49)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 (Movie)

("Camelot") (Song)

What's Your Number? 2011 (Movie)

("Wouldn't It Be Loverly") (Song)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("If Ever I Would Leave You") (Song)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

("On The Street Where You Live") (Song)

Elegy 2008 (Movie)

("Loneliness Ends With Love") (Song)

Elegy 2008 (Movie)

("Loneliness Ends With Love") (Song Performer)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

("Any Time At All") (Song)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

("Any Time At All") (Song Performer)

Confetti 2006 (Movie)

'Almost Like Being In Love' (Composer)

The Lake House 2006 (Movie)

("Almost Like Being In Love") (Song)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("There's A Coach Comin' In") (Song)

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

("That Heaven for Little Girls") (Song)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

("On the Street Where You Live") (Song)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

("Almost Like Being in Love") (Song)

Michael Crawford in Concert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

("Get Me To the Church On Time") (Song)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

("Thank Heaven for Little Girls") (Song)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

("Camelot") (Song)

My Father, the Hero 1994 (Movie)

("Thank Heaven for Little Girls") (Song)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

lyrics("The Heather on the Hill" from "Brigadoon" "Gigi" from "Gigi") (Theme Lyrics)

Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

("Almost Like Being in Love") (Song)

The Fred Astaire Songbook 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

("On the Street Where You Live") (Song)

Julie Andrews in Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Family Business 1989 (Movie)

("Almost Like Being in Love") (Song)

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

("The Night They Invented Champagne") (Song)

Secret Places 1985 (Movie)

("Secret Places") (Song)

Camelot 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Tribute 1980 (Movie)

("It's All For the Best") (Song)

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)

lyrics("I'm on My Way" "I Still See Elisa" "The First Thing You Know" "Hand Me Down That Can o' Beans" "They Call the Wind Maria" "A Million Miles Away Behind the Door" "There's a Coach Comin' In" "Whoop-Ti-Ay!" "I Talk to the Trees" "The Gospel of No Nam (Theme Lyrics)

Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)

from musical("Paint Your Wagon") (Music)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

songs (Song)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

songs (Song)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

from musical (Music)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

("Gigi") (Song)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Brigadoon 1954 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Brigadoon 1954 (Movie)

from musical (Music)

Citizen Cohn (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Royal Wedding (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Writer (13)

Live From Lincoln Center: Camelot 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Writer

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brigadoon 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Source Material

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brigadoon 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An American in Paris 1950 (Movie)

(From Story)

An American in Paris 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Royal Wedding (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (2)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Scion of the Lerner Shops fortune whose elegant lyrics reflected the sophisticated world of style and wit in which he lived. A chance meeting in 1942 with German-born composer Frederick Loewe who was fourteen years his senior resulted in one of the most productive and prosperous collaborations in the American musical theater. Wedded to Loewe's operetta-inspired melodious tunes, Lerner's lyrics and his archly romantic and literary librettos--which skillfully integrated music, character and story into a seamless whole--elevated the post-war musical to new heights of sophistication and intelligence. Together Lerner and Loewe created a string of Broadway hits all of which Lerner adapted to film: "Brigadoon" (1954), "My Fair Lady" (1964) "Camelot" (1967) and "Paint Your Wagon" (1969).

Relationships

Edith Lerner

Mother

Jennifer Lerner

Daughter

Micheline Mussellin Posso di Bergo

Wife
married December 20, 1957 divorced

Liza Lerner

Daughter

Susan Lerner

Daughter

Marion Bell

Wife
married in 1947 divorced in 1948 starred on Broadway in "Brigadoon" (1947) died on December 14, 1997 at age 78

Ruth Boyd

Wife
divorced

Nina Bushkin

Wife
divorced

Karen Gundersson

Wife
married November 15, 1966 divorced December 9, 1974

Joseph Lerner

Father
founder of Lerner Shops, women's specialty stores

Michael Lerner Actor

Son
correspondent for NEWSWEEK magazine in Paris

Robert Lerner

Brother
born 1921

Nancy Olson

Wife
third wife married March 19, 1950 divorced in 1957

Sandra Payne

Wife
married December 10, 1974 divorced

Liz Robertson

Wife
married August 13, 1981 until Lerner's death in 1986 starred in revival of "My Fair Lady"

EDUCATION

Choate School

Wallingford , Connecticut 1936
all-male school; graduated; classmate of John F Kennedy; wrote the Hasting Pudding Club shows of 1938 and 1939; in 1974, school merged with all-female Rosemary Hall; now called Choate Rosemary Hall

Columbia Grammar and Prepatory School

New York , New York

Bedales School

Hampshire

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1940
graduated; classmate of John F Kennedy with whom he edited the yearbook

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
attended during the summers of 1936 and 1937

Milestones

1986

Sued by IRS for $1.4 million in taxes and late penalties

1983

Directed first Broadway musical, "Dance a Little Closer"

1965

Produced first Broadway musical, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (also lyricist and librettist)

1951

Wrote first screenplay, "An American in Paris"

1947

First Broadway hit musical, "Brigadoon"

1942

First Broadway musical with Loewe, "What's Up?"; Was a flop

1941

Wrote lyrics for first musical collaboration with Frederick Loewe, "The Life of the Party", presented in Detroit

Wrote radio scripts while in college

First job as advertising copy writer for Lord & Thomas agency; quit in 1942 to write radio scripts for "Philco Hall of Fame"

Lost left eye in recreational boxing accident

Bonus Trivia

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He served as president of the Dramatists Guild of America (1958-62)

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He served on the President's Committee for the Cultural Center (Kennedy Center) in Washington DC (1962)

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Lerner was elected to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (1971)

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