Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Celebrity Grave: Playwright, Screenwriter, & Lyricist Leonard Gershe 2002

Leonard Gershe (June 10, 1922 - March 9, 2002) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist.

Born in New York City, Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome's musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies Are Free. Later Gershe wrote another play, Snacks, intended for Tony Danza.

He wrote the lyrics for the "Born in a Trunk" sequence from the Judy Garland/James Mason musical A Star Is Born. In the 1950s, Gershe wrote ten scripts for the Ann Sothern sitcom Private Secretary. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Lucy Show. His screen credits include Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Butterflies Are Free.

Gershe died in Beverly Hills, California from complications from a stroke. His ashes are interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park.


1958 Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, Written Directly for the Screen (Funny Face)
1958 Writers Guild of America Award for Best American Musical (Funny Face)
1973 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Butterflies Are Free)
1974 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (40 Carats)

TRANSLATION AND ANALYSIS OF "BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE" BY LEONARD GERSHEFunny FaceFunny Face - Paramount Centennial CollectionFunny Face (50th Anniversary Edition)40 Carats (Remastered)Butterflies Are Free

Butterflies are Free (Acting Edition)

Snacks: A comedy

Leonard Gershe's Butterflies are Free: The Booth Theatre Playbill

Butterflies are Free INSCRIBED

Miss Pell is Missing A Play

Plays on a Comic Theme

Butterflies are free [Paperback]


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