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Born: January 29, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: composer, lyricist, librettist, screenwriter, actor, director

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A prolific songwriter, composer and lyricist, Leslie Bricusse broke into showbiz right out of Cambridge when Beatrice Lillie chose him to appear with her in her revue "An Evening with Beatrice Lillie" (1954). The London native had begun to write sketches and songs for Cambridge's famed Footlight Revues, eventually serving as the group's president in 1954.

A prolific songwriter, composer and lyricist, Leslie Bricusse broke into showbiz right out of Cambridge when Beatrice Lillie chose him to appear with her in her revue "An Evening with Beatrice Lillie" (1954). The London native had begun to write sketches and songs for Cambridge's famed Footlight Revues, eventually serving as the group's president in 1954.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Intimate Portrait: Joan Collins (2003) Interviewee
2.
 Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys (1997) Interviewee
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1952:
First contribution to a Cambridge Footlights show, music and lyrics to "Tip and Run"; also appeared as actor
1954:
Appeared in the revue "An Evening with Beatrice Lillie"
1956:
First screen credit, co-writer of "Charley Moon"; also scored
1961:
First stage collaboration with Anthony Newley, "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off"; wrote book and lyrics and composed music
1963:
Wrote lyrics for the British musical "Pickwick", based on Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers"
1964:
Wrote title song for "Goldfinger" with Newley
1965:
Collaborated with Newley on "The Roar of the Greasepaint--The Smell of the Crowd"
1966:
Adapted the score of "Stop the World..." for the film version
1967:
Wrote score for the feature "Doctor Dolittle"; won first Oscar
1969:
First screen collaboration with composer John Williams, the score for the musical version of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
1978:
Third stage collaboration with Newley, "The Travelling Music Show"
1982:
With Henry Mancini, wrote the song score for "Victor/Victoria"; won second Oscar
1989:
Wrote book and score for the musical "Sherlock Holmes"
1990:
Began working on a stage version of "Jekyll and Hyde"; wrote book and lyrics; music by Frank Wildhorn
1996:
Final collaboration with Henry Mancini; score for the stage musical adaptation of "Victor/Victoria"
1997:
"Jekyll and Hyde" opened on Broadway
1998:
Wrote book and score for London stage version of "Dr. Dolittle"
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Education

University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England - 1954

Notes

Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in June 2001.

Bricusse has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards: Best Song ("Talk to the Animals"--for which he received the Oscar) and Best Original Score for "Doctor Dolittle" (1967); Best Score of a Musical Picture for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969, shared with John Williams); Best Original Song Score (with Ian Fraser and Herbert Spencer) and Best Song ("Thank You Very Much") for "Scrooge" (1970); Best Scoring for "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971); Best Song Score for "Victor/Victoria" (1982, with Henry Mancini--which they won); Best Song Score for "That's Life!" (1986, with Mancini); Best Song ("Somewhere in My Memory") from "Home Alone" (1990, with John Williams); and Best Song ("When You're Alone") from "Hook" (1991, with Williams).

He has received eight Ivor Novello Awards for film composition.

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wife:
Yvonne Romain. Actor.

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