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Also Known As: Alexander Dubin Died: February 11, 1945
Born: June 10, 1891 Cause of Death: barbiturate poisoning
Birth Place: Switzerland Profession: lyricist, singing waiter

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Go into Your Dance (1935) Himself
2.
 A Very Honorable Guy (1934) Al
3.
 42nd Street (1933) Song writer
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1896:
Family moved from Switzerland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1909:
First two songs, "Prairie Rose" and "Sunray" published
1911:
Teamed with composer Joe Burke; moved to NYC
1917:
Had first hit song, "All the World Will Be Jealous of Me" (music by Ernest R. Ball)
1917:
Served in US Army during WWI; was exposed to mustard gas and suffered permanent lung damage
1921:
First song interpolated into a Broadway production, "Sundown Brings Back Memories of You"; used in "Greenwich Village Follies of 1921"; also wrote special material for the show
1927:
First complete Broadway score, written in collaboration with composer Fred Coots, "White Lights"; ran for only 35 performances
1929:
Reunited with Joe Burke to write the songs (including "Tiptoe Through the Tulips") for the early Technicolor film "Gold Diggers of Broadway"
1930:
With Burke, wrote songs for the films "She Couldn't Say No" and "Hold Everything"
1933:
First collaboration with composer Harry Warren, the now classic backstage musical "42nd Street"
1933:
Again teamed with Warren for both "Footlight Parade" and "Gold Diggers of 1933"
1934:
With Warren, wrote the now classic song "I Only Have Eyes for You", used in "Dames"
1935:
Won Best Song Academy Award for "Lullaby of Broadway" from the film "Gold Diggers of 1935"
1937:
Received second Oscar nomination for the song "Remember Me?" from "Mr. Dodd Takes the Air"
1938:
Last collaborations with Warren, "Gold Diggers Go to Paris" and "Garden of the Moon"
1940:
Put lyrics to an instrumental by Victor Herbert and enjoyed a hit song with "Indian Summer", recorded by Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra
1943:
Received third Academy Award nomination for the song "We Mustn't Say Goodbye" (music by James Monaco) used in the film "Stage Door Canteen"
1980:
Stage version of "42nd Street" (interpolating songs by Warren and Dubin) opened and won that year's Tony Award as Best Musical
2001:
Revival of "42nd Street" produced on Broadway
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Education

Northeast M.T. High School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
Perkiomen Seminary: Pennsburg , Pennsylvania -

Notes

He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.

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wife:
Helen McClay. Showgirl. Roman Catholic; married on March 19, 1921; had stormy relationship as Dubin was a gambler and drinker; divorced.
wife:
Edwina Coolidge. Actor. Married on February 23, 1943; divorced several months later.

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father:
Simon Dubin. Gynecologist.
mother:
Minna Dubin. Chemist.
step-daughter:
Marie. From McClay's first marriage.
daughter:
Patricia Dubin. Born on November 26, 1922.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Art of Songwriting"
"Lullaby of Broadway: Life and Times of Al Dubin"

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