Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
While in high school, worked as a musician at local nightspots and at parties
Met future collaborator Ray Evans while an undergraduate at University of Pennsylvania
Began professional collaboration with Ray Evans
Worked as a piano accompanist and musical arranger at NBC
Was rehearsal pianist for Olsen and Johnson's "Hellzapoppin'" (1938) and "Sons o' Fun" (1941)
Professional debut as congwriter with "G'bye Now", which was incorporated into "Hellzapoppin'"
Served in the US Army
Moved to California at the urging of Olsen and Johnson; had first hit song with "Stuff Like That There"
Signed to a contract by Paramount
Earned first Academy Award nomination for the song " The Cat and the Canary" used in the film "Why Girls Leave Home"
Wrote the theme song to "To Each His Own"
Won first Oscar for Best Original Song "Biuttons and Bows" from the film "The Paleface"
Received second Academy Award for Best Song for "Mona Lisa" from "Captain Carey, U.S.A."
Wrote the holiday perennial "Silver Bells" (introduced in the film "The Lemon Drop Kid" by Bob Hope)
Left Paramount and worked with Evans as a freelance somgwriting team
Received third Oscar for "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)", sung by Doris Day in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much"; Day later used the song as the theme for her 1960s TV sitcom
Had hit with "Tammy", sung by Debbie Reynolds in the film of the same name; song nominated for an Academy Award
Earned Oscar nomination for "Almost in Your Arms", the theme to "Houseboat"
With Evans, wrote first Broadway musical, "Oh, Captain!"; received Tony nomination
Wrote themes to several popular TV series, including "Bonanza" and "Mr. Ed"
Worked on second Braodway show, the unsuccessful "Let It Ride!"
Co-wrote the lyrics to Henry Mancini's composition "Dear Heart"
Last original song for a feature film to date, "the title theme of "Foxtrot"
Songs written with Ray Evans were incorporated in the Broadway musical "Sugar Babies"
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame