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De-Lovely (2004) Musical Performer ("You'Re The Top")
You're the Top (1956) Host
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Wrote first piece of music "Song of the Birds"
His mother arranged for private publication of the song "The Bobolink Waltz"
First published song, "Bridget"
While attending Yale, wrote several football songs invluding "Bingo Eli Yale" and "Bull Dog"
First musical "Cora" produced at Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Yale
First song featured on Broadway, "As I Loved You" (originally titled "Esmeralda") included in the show "Kaleidoscope"
Wrote first full score for a professional theatrical production, "See America First"; show flopped
Served in the foreign legion during WWI
Returned to the USA; wrote songs for "Hitchy-Koo of 1919"
Studied at Schola Cantorum in Paris
Spends part of each year living outside of the USA
Collaborated on ballet "Within the Quota" with Gerald Murphy (librettist and donor)
Wrote score for "Greenwich Village 'Follies'"
Composed score for "Fifty Million Frenchmen", includes such hits as "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love"
Song "Love for Sale" introduced in the show "The New Yorkers"; banned from radio air play
First collaboration with Fred Astaire, the Broadway show "The Gay Divorce"
Wrote "Nymph Errant" for Gertrude Lawrence
Initial outing in Hollywood, the film "The Gay Divorcee"; film, which featured Astaire, only used one Porter song from the stage show, "Night and Day"
Had Broadway hit with "Anything Goes", starring Ethel Merman
Wrote score for unproduced film "Adios, Argentina"
In December, signed 20-week contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $3,000 per week to write score for "Born to Dance", starring James Stewart and Eleanor Powell
Received first Academy Awrd nomination for the song "I've Got You Under My Skin" (from "Born to Dance")
"Red, Hot and Blue" opened on Broadway; show featured Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope and Ethel Merman and introduced the classic "It's DeLovely"
Crippled in a riding accident (Porter's legs were crushed when a horse fell on him); underwent first of eventual 30 operations to save his legs; Porter later claimed to have written some of the lyrics for the score to "At Long Last Love" while waiting for help
Mary Martin had a hit with Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
Bert Lahr and Ethel Merman starred in Porter's "DuBarry Was a Lady"
Merman scores a triumph as "Panama Hattie"; show becomes the longest-running of Porter's shows to date (first of his book musicals to run for over 500 performances since the 1920s)
Earned second Oscar nomination for the song "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye" (from "You'll Never Get Rich")
Reteamed with Merman for "Something for the Boys"
Received third Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (from "Something to Shout About"
Was the subject of the Warner Bros. film biography "Night and Day"; Cary Grant portrayed Porter
Had biggest career success with "Kiss Me, Kate", a musical inspired by Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew"; show ran for 1,077 performances and won the Best Musical Tony Award
Wrote score for "The Pirate", starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland
Composed the song to "Farewell, Amanda" used in "Amanda's Rib"
"Kiss Me Kate" filmed
Last original stage musical, "Silk Stockings"
Earned final Oscar nomination for "True Love" sung in the film "High Society" by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
Final features released to contain full Porter scores, "Silk Stockings" and "Les Girls"
Wrote score for the TV special "Alladin"; lasts songs written include "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking" and "Wouldn't It Be Fun?"
Premiere of "High Society" as a stage musical in London
A revised version of "High Society" opened on Broadway
First Broadway revival of "Kiss Me, Kate"
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Worcester Academy: Worcester , Massachusetts - 1905 - 1909
Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1909 - 1913
Harvard Law School: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1913 - 1914
Harvard School of Music: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1914 - 1915
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Linda Lee Thomas. Met in January 1918; had been married previously and widowed; married from December 18, 1919 until her death in May 20, 1954 at age 70.
James Omar Cole. Businessman. Helped to finance Porter's education.
Samuel Fenwick Porter. Druggist. Married Porter's mother in 1884; died in 1927.
Kate Cole Porter. Married Porter's father in 1884; died on August 3, 1952 at age 90.
Louis Porter. Older; died in infancy.
Rachel Porter. Older; died in infancy.
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"The Life That Late He Led"
"Cole Porter: A Biography" Alfred A. Knopf
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