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Also Known As: Maj. Meredith Willson Died: June 15, 1984
Born: May 18, 1902 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mason City, Iowa, USA Profession: composer, lyricist, librettist, bandleader, flutist

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Meredith Willson brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his career. Willson worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" with Nancy Allen (1978). In the eighties and the early 2000s, Willson devoted his time to various credits, such as "A Grand Night: The Performing Arts Salute Public Television" (PBS, 1987-88), "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997), "The Other Sister" (1999) starring Juliette Lewis, "Duplex" (2003) and "Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin" (2004) starring Sydney Pollack. In the early 2000s and the 2010s, Willson lent his talents to projects like the Tom Hanks and Michael Jeter blockbuster "The Polar Express" (2004), the Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon box office smash "Four Christmases" (2008), "Sex and the City 2" with Sarah Jessica Parker (2010) and "A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas" (2011). Willson last provided music for the dramatic adaptation "The Music Never Stopped" (2011) with Lou Taylor Pucci. Willson was married to Elizabeth Willson. Meredith Willson passed away in June 1984 at the age of 82.

Meredith Willson brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his career. Willson worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" with Nancy Allen (1978). In the eighties and the early 2000s, Willson devoted his time to various credits, such as "A Grand Night: The Performing Arts Salute Public Television" (PBS, 1987-88), "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997), "The Other Sister" (1999) starring Juliette Lewis, "Duplex" (2003) and "Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin" (2004) starring Sydney Pollack. In the early 2000s and the 2010s, Willson lent his talents to projects like the Tom Hanks and Michael Jeter blockbuster "The Polar Express" (2004), the Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon box office smash "Four Christmases" (2008), "Sex and the City 2" with Sarah Jessica Parker (2010) and "A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas" (2011). Willson last provided music for the dramatic adaptation "The Music Never Stopped" (2011) with Lou Taylor Pucci. Willson was married to Elizabeth Willson. Meredith Willson passed away in June 1984 at the age of 82.

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While attending music school in NYC, joined the John Philip Sousa Band as a flutist and piccolo player
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Was conductor of the New York Chamber Music Society
1929:
Was appointed conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
1939:
Became the musical director for NBC
1940:
Earned an Academy Award nomination for the score for Chaplin's "The Great Dictator"
1957:
Composed his first Broadway hit, "The Music Man"
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Education

Damrosch Institute of Musical Art: New York , New York -
Mason City High School: Mason City , Iowa - 1919

Notes

One of Willson's first published songs was "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You", written as a tribute to his Sunday school teacher mother.

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wife:
Elizabeth Willson. Had two sons.
wife:
Elizabeth Willson. Married in 1920; divorced.
wife:
Rini Ralina Zarova. Married from 1949 until her death in 1966.
wife:
Rini Ralina Zarova. Had two; survived him.
wife:
Rosemary Patricia Sullivan. Norwegian.
wife:
Rosemary Patricia Sullivan. Former secretary. Married from 1969 until his death.
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father:
John Willson. US Congressman.
father:
John Willson. Businessman.
mother:
Rosalie Willson. Survived him.
brother:
Cedric Willson. Businessman, musician. Played the baritone horn in the John Philip Sousa Band; died in 1975.
brother:
Cedric Willson. Has one.
sister:
Dixie Willson. Author. Wrote children's books; died in 1974.
sister:
Dixie Willson. Had four, survived him.
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