Ira Gershwin

Lyricist, Composer, Critic
One-half of the most popular American songwriting team of the 20th century, lyricist Ira Gershwin penned dozens of timeless classics alongside his brother, composer George Gershwin, and other giants of the music ... Read more »
Born: 12/05/1896 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (160)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

("The Man I Love") (Song)

Labor Day 2013 (Movie)

("It Ain't Necessarily So") (Song)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

("'S Wonderful") (Song)

Edge of Darkness 2010 (Movie)

("Embraceable You") (Song)

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

("The Man I Love" (Live From Carnegie Hall)) (Song)

Definitely, Maybe 2008 (Movie)

("I've Got A Crush On You") (Song)

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

("The Man I Love") (Song)

Run, Fat Boy, Run 2008 (Movie)

("Nice Work If You Can Get It") (Song)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("The Man That Got Away") (Song)

The Wedding Weekend 2007 (Movie)

("Our Love is Here to Stay") (Song)

Man of the Year 2006 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

("I Got Rhythm (Take The Lead Remix)") (Song)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

("Embraceable You") (Song)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

("I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise") (Song)

American Splendor 2003 (Movie)

("Lady Be Good") (Song)

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

("I Can't Get Started") (Song)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("I've Got A Crush On You") (Song)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("S Wonderful") (Music)

Normal 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

The Human Stain 2003 (Movie)

("Imbraceable You") (Song)

Together 2003 (Movie)

("It Ain't Necessarily So") (Song)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("Embraceable You") (Song)

Hart's War 2002 (Movie)

("Summertime (from 'Porgy & Bess')") (Song)

New York City Opera: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Kitty Carlisle Hart: My Broadway Memories 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

Love's Labour's Lost 2000 (Movie)

songs("I've Got a Crush On You" "They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song)

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

("Soon" "But Not For Me" "Someone to Watch Over Me") (Song)

The Gershwins' "Crazy For You" 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

("Summertime") (Song)

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

songs("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

("Embraceable You") (Song)

Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1998 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Red Hot + Rhapsody 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song

The Bachelor 1999 (Movie)

("Let's Call the Whole Thing Off") (Song)

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

("Someone to Watch Over Me") (Song)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

songs("I Got Rhythm" "Soon") (Song)

Gershwin on Ice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away from Me") (Song)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

("Our Love is Here to Stay") (Song)

Mojo 1998 (Movie)

("Summertime") (Song)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

("I Got Plenty O'Nuttin") (Song)

Porgy and Bess: An American Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Sarah Brightman in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

The Proposition 1998 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away from Me") (Song)

The Real Howard Spitz 1998 (Movie)

("Things Are Looking Up") (Song)

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

("Summertime") (Song)

Einstein: Light to the Power of 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

("But Not for Me") (Song)

That Old Feeling 1997 (Movie)

("Our Love Is Here to Stay") (Song)

The Three Sopranos 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

A Capitol Fourth (1996) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Neil Simon's Jake's Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

("Long Ago (and Far Away)") (Song)

The Neon Bible 1996 (Movie)

song composer("How Long Has This Been Goin' On") (Composer)

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

("How Long Has This Been Going On") (Song)

The Sound of Julie Andrews 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

("But Not For Me") (Song)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

lyrics("Fascinatin' Rhythm" from "Lady Be Good" "Swing Trot" from "The Barkleys of Broadway") (Theme Lyrics)

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

For Better Or For Worse 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Hero 1992 (Movie)

("The Man I Love Hoping That Someday You'd Care") (Song)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

("Someone To Watch Over Me") (Song)

Michael Feinstein & Friends 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song

The Public Eye 1992 (Movie)

("Embraceable You") (Song)

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

("Long Ago and Far Away") (Song)

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

("Blah-Blah-Blah") (Song)

My Girl 1991 (Movie)

("I Got Rhythm") (Song)

The Fred Astaire Songbook 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Ask Me Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

lyrics("Love Is Here to Stay") (Theme Lyrics)

Loverboy 1989 (Movie)

lyrics("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Theme Lyrics)

See You in the Morning 1989 (Movie)

lyrics("Our Love Is Here to Stay" "Embraceable You") (Theme Lyrics)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

lyrics("Our Love Is Here to Stay" "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" "But Not For Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Aloha Summer 1988 (Movie)

lyrics("I Can't Get Started") (Theme Lyrics)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

lyrics("I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise") (Theme Lyrics)

Evening at Pops (06/18/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Maureen McGovern on Stage at Wolf Trap 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Someone to Love 1988 (Movie)

lyrics("Sure Thing") (Theme Lyrics)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

lyrics("The Man That Got Away") (Theme Lyrics)

A Tribute to American Music: George Gershwin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Beyond Therapy 1987 (Movie)

lyrics("Someone to Watch Over Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Evening at Pops (07/11/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Evening at Pops (08/01/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Man on Fire 1987 (Movie)

lyrics("Someone to Watch Over Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

lyrics("Someone to Watch Over Me") (Theme Lyrics)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

lyrics("Someone to Watch Over Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Invocation Maya Deren 1986 (Movie)

lyrics("The Man I Love") (Theme Lyrics)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

lyrics("Embraceable You") (Theme Lyrics)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

lyrics("How Long Has This Been Going On") (Theme Lyrics)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

("Someone to Watch Over Me") (Song)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

lyrics("There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York") (Theme Lyrics)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

lyrics("Embraceable You") (Theme Lyrics)

Love Streams 1984 (Movie)

("I Can't Get Started") (Song)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

lyrics("Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess") (Theme Lyrics)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

("Someone to Watch Over Me") (Song)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

songs("Our Love Is Here to Stay" "I Got Rhythm") (Song)

Rhapsody & Song: A Tribute to George Gershwin 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

They All Laughed 1981 (Movie)

("They All Laughed") (Song)

Valentine 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

New York, New York 1977 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

lyrics("I've Got a Crush on You") (Theme Lyrics)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

("I've Got a Crush on You") (Song)

Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

("I Can't Get Started") (Song)

Violer er bla 1974 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Ain't Misbehaving 1973 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Janis 1973 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Save the Tiger 1973 (Movie)

Lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Lady Sings the Blues 1972 (Movie)

Lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

What's Up Doc? 1972 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

A Safe Place 1970 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Flesh 1968 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Big Shave 1966 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

lyrics("Love and Learn") (Theme Lyrics)

Kiss Me, Stupid 1964 (Movie)

lyrics("Sophia" "I'm A Poached Egg" "All the Livelong Day") (Theme Lyrics)

When the Boys Meet the Girls 1964 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Notorious Landlady 1962 (Movie)

lyrics("A Foggy Day In London Town") (Theme Lyrics)

But Not For Me 1958 (Movie)

lyrics("But Not For Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Porgy and Bess 1958 (Movie)

lyrics("Summertime" "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing" "Honey Man's Call" "They Pass By Singing" "Oh Little Stars" "Gone Gone Gone" "Fill Up De Saucer" "My Man's Gone Now" "The Train Is at the Station" "Oh I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" "Bess You Is My Woman Now" "O (Theme Lyrics)

Beau James 1957 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Funny Face 1957 (Movie)

lyrics("Let's Kiss and Make Up" "He Loves and She Loves" "Funny Face" "How Long Has This Been Going On?" "Clap Yo' Hands" "S'Wonderful") (Theme Lyrics)

The Helen Morgan Story 1957 (Movie)

lyrics("Someone To Watch Over Me" "Do Do Do" "I've Got A Crush On You") (Theme Lyrics)

That Certain Feeling 1956 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Sincerely Yours 1955 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Three For the Show 1955 (Movie)

lyrics("I've Got A Crush On You") (Theme Lyrics)

A Star Is Born 1954 (Movie)

songs("The Man That Got Away" "It's A New World" "Gotta Have Me Go With You" "Somewhere There's A Someone") (Song)

The Country Girl 1954 (Movie)

songs("The Pitchman" "Live and Learn" "The Search is Through") (Song)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

lyrics("Bidin My Time") (Theme Lyrics)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

lyrics("Someone To Watch Over Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Give a Girl a Break 1953 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Fearless Fagan 1952 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

An American in Paris 1950 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Young Man With a Horn 1950 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Always Leave Them Laughing 1948 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Dark Passage 1947 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

George White's Scandals 1945 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Jolson Story 1945 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Where Do We Go From Here? 1945 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Goldwyn Follies 1937 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

A Damsel in Distress 1936 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Shall We Dance 1936 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Song of the Flame 1929 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra 1926 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Delicious (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Girl Crazy (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Lady Be Good (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Of Thee I Sing (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Rhapsody in Blue (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Barkleys of Broadway (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The North Star (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Production Management (2)

Crazy For You (Movie)

(From Musical by)

Girl Crazy (Movie)

(From Musical by)
Actor (1)

Rhapsody in Blue (Movie)

Herbert Rudley (Actor)

Biography

One-half of the most popular American songwriting team of the 20th century, lyricist Ira Gershwin penned dozens of timeless classics alongside his brother, composer George Gershwin, and other giants of the music industry. Though lyrics were not the focus of his early writing aspirations, the shy, retiring Ira eventually teamed with his younger sibling on Broadway, writing music for such early productions as "Ladies First" and "Lady, Be Good!" A string of Broadway successes followed throughout the 1920s and 1930s, among them the Fred and Adele Astaire starrer "Funny Face," the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Of Thee I Sing," and the classic American opera "Porgy and Bess." Seemingly overnight, songs like "Fascinating Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" became part of the American musical vernacular. As shattering as his brother's sudden death in 1937 was for Gershwin, he eventually returned to work with several other composers on theater and film projects that included the Kurt Weill Broadway musical "Lady in the Dark," the Gene Kelly/Rita Hayworth romance "Cover Girl" (1944), and the heartrending lyrics to the song "The Man that Got Away" for the Judy Garland melodrama "A Star Is Born" (1954). Years after his retirement and eventual passing, Gershwin and his brother's work still managed to generate big box office with Broadway hits like "My One and Only" and "Crazy for You." Without a doubt, Ira Gershwin would be remembered as one of the defining voices of the American musical.

Relationships

Morris Gershovitz

Father
changed family name first to Gershvin and later Gershwin married in 1895 held a variety occupations

Rose Gershovitz

Mother
married in 1895

Leonore Gershwin

Wife
married September 14, 1926 died on August 20, 1991 in Beverly Hills at age the of 90 founded Roxbury Recordings in 1989 to record Gershwin musicals

Arthur Gershwin

Brother
born on March 14, 1900 died in 1981

George Gershwin

Brother
born in 1898 died in 1937 frequently collaborator with Ira

Frances Gershwin

Sister
born on December 6, 1906 died on January 18, 1999 at age 92

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York

Townsend Harris Hall High School

New York , New York

Milestones

1920

First published lyrics with "Waiting for the Sun to Come Out"

1919

First lyrics for brother George with "The Real American Folk Song"

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