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Also Known As: Lionel Begleiter Died: April 3, 1999
Born: August 1, 1930 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: lyricist, playwright, composer

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 Alternative Miss World, The (1980) Himself--Judge
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 Brian Epstein (1999) Interviewee
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Served in the Royal Air Force (RAF)
1956:
Co-wrote the hit song "Rock with the Caveman", performed by Tommy Steele
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Wrote songs for Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele
1959:
Debut as composer and lyricist with the revue "Fings Ain't Wot They Used t' Be"
1959:
Was lyricist for the hit "Lock Up Your Daughters"
1960:
Breakthrough stage success, "Oliver!", a musical based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
1963:
Broadway debut with American production of "Oliver!"; won Tony Awards as Best Musical and for Best Score
1963:
Penned the title song for the James Bond film "From Russia With Love"
1964:
Had modest London success with "Maggie May"
1964:
Scored the feature "The Man in the Middle"
1965:
Suffered biggest failure of career with the stage show "Twang!", based on the Robin Hood story
1968:
Carol Reed's film version of "Oliver!" proved a popular success; nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning five including Best Musical and Best Director
1969:
Experienced stage setback with ill-fated musical "La Strada", based on Fellini's classic film
1971:
Wrote the music for the film adaptation of "Black Beauty"
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Struggled with drug and alcohol problems
1972:
Declared bankruptcy
1975:
Arrested for drunken driving; banned from operating an automobile
1980:
Appeared as himself as a judge at a beauty contest in "The Alternative Miss World"
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"Lionel was the father of the modern British musical." --Andrew Lloyd Webber on Bart's death, quoted in DAILY VARIETY, April 6, 1999

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