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Also Known As: Victor Popular Young Died: November 10, 1956
Born: August 8, 1900 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: composer, music director, songwriter, violinist

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A remarkably prolific composer, Victor Young wrote songs and underscoring that appeared in hundreds of films which earned him 22 Academy Award nominations during his relatively short career. Although Young died after only twenty years in the business, romance standards like "When I Fall in Love", "Stella By Starlight" and "Love Letters" kept him alive in film credits long past 1956.

A remarkably prolific composer, Victor Young wrote songs and underscoring that appeared in hundreds of films which earned him 22 Academy Award nominations during his relatively short career. Although Young died after only twenty years in the business, romance standards like "When I Fall in Love", "Stella By Starlight" and "Love Letters" kept him alive in film credits long past 1956.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Serendipity (2001) Mr Buchanan
2.
 Mrs. Winterbourne (1996) Dr Hopley
3.
 The Hawaiians (1970) America at 16
4.
 Of Men and Music (1951)
5.
 Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 (1937) and his Orchestra
6.
 Visitors From the Unknown (1992) Jean Jacques ("The Real Ufo Story")
7.
 Eloise at the Plaza (2003) Mr. Peabody
8.
 Eloise at Christmastime (2003) Mr. Peabody
9.
 Reagans (Showtime), The (2003) Alfred Bloomingdale
10.
 Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001) Harley
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1906:
Began playing violin at age six (date approximate)
1910:
Sent to live with grandparents in Warsaw after mother's death and father's abandonment (date approximate)
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Made debut as concert violinist with Warsaw Philharmonic
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Toured throughout the United States and Europe as a concert violinist, accompanied by his sister Helen, an accomplished pianist
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Worked in vaudeville, then as composer of silent film scores
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Was a violinist and arranger with the Tedd Fio Rito Orchestra
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Served as orchestra leader of Chicago Theater
1928:
Had first hit record with "Sweet Sue, Just You"; lyrics by Will J Harris
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Worked in radio in Chicago and later in NYC
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Wrote several songs with lyricist Ned Washington, including the classics "Stella by Starlight" and "My Foolish Heart"
1935:
Formed his own orchestra, alternately billed as The Victor Young Orchestra and Victor Young and His Singing Strings
1936:
Began working for Paramount Pictures, first as a musical director and then as chief composer and arranger, scoring dozens of movies for the studio
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Was nominated for 22 Academy Awards during his career; winning only after his death
1943:
Wrote the dramatic and involving Oscar-nominated score for the film adaptation of Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
1945:
Wrote the charming popular theme to the otherwise unremarkable film "Love Letters"
1946:
Scored the moving melodrama "To Each His Own"
1950:
His theme song to "My Foolish Heart" earned the composer hit status and an Oscar nomination
1952:
Composed the appropriately lively score for "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara
1954:
Wrote the score (including Peggy Lee's popular theme song) to the flamboyant Western "Johnny Guitar", starring Joan Crawford
1957:
Posthumously won first Academy Award for the 1956 effort "Around the World in 80 Days"
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Education

Warsaw Conservatory of Music: - 1917

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wife:
Rita Young. Died in 1962.

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father:
William Young. Singer. Tenor with the Chicago Opera; abandoned his children after the death of their mother; remarried; died in 1932.
sister:
Helen Young. Pianist. Moved to Poland along with brother after their mother's death; was Young's accompaniest during his Europe and US tours; married to violinist Henry Hill.
niece:
Bobbie Fromberg.

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