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Also Known As: Died: September 11, 2004
Born: April 8, 1932 Cause of Death: Heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: lyricist, screenwriter, producer, librettist, director

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In the annals of theatrical collaborations, there have been many songwriting partnerships, including Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bock and Harnick, Strouse and Adams and Kander and Ebb. For the last four decades, Kander and Ebb have been creating successful stage musicals with the dominant theme of entertainment, whether in the nightclubs of Weimar Germany ("Cabaret"), a court of law ("Chicago"), the imagination of a prisoner ("Kiss of the Spider Woman") or the dance marathons of the Depression ("Steel Pier"). The welding of Ebb's wry, witty and sometimes biting lyrics to Kander's mournful ballads and brassy showstoppers has resulted in several contemporary classics, notably the title song from "Cabaret".

In the annals of theatrical collaborations, there have been many songwriting partnerships, including Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bock and Harnick, Strouse and Adams and Kander and Ebb. For the last four decades, Kander and Ebb have been creating successful stage musicals with the dominant theme of entertainment, whether in the nightclubs of Weimar Germany ("Cabaret"), a court of law ("Chicago"), the imagination of a prisoner ("Kiss of the Spider Woman") or the dance marathons of the Depression ("Steel Pier"). The welding of Ebb's wry, witty and sometimes biting lyrics to Kander's mournful ballads and brassy showstoppers has resulted in several contemporary classics, notably the title song from "Cabaret".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Funny (1989) Songwriter
2.
 Kennedy Center Honors, The (1998) Honoree
4.
 Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys (1997) Interviewee
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1951:
First theatrical writing job, co-wrote the lyrics for the musical revue, "Baker's Dozen"
1956:
Collaborated with Phil Springer on the song, "I Never Loved Him Anyhow"
1960:
Collaborated with Jerry Herman on songs for the Broadway revue, "A to Z"
1962:
Met and began collaborating with John Kander
1963:
Wrote book and lyircs for the stage musical, "Morning Sun"
1965:
First stage musical with Kander, "Flora, the Red Menace"; also first collaboration with Liza Minnelli
1966:
Won first Tony for the musical, "Cabaret"; again collaborated with composer John Kander
1967:
Revised book for revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical, "By Jupiter"
1968:
Wrote lyrics for "The Happy Time," starring Robert Goulet
1969:
Created lyrics for "Zorba," adapted from the film "Zorba the Greek"
1970:
Provided special material for Minnelli's NBC TV special, "Liza"
1972:
Collaborated with Kander to write new songs for Bob Fosse's feature adaptation of "Cabaret," starring Liza Minnelli
1972:
Made debut as a producer with the Bob Fosse TV special, "Liza with a Z" (NBC)
1973:
Wrote one-act of the TV special, "Three For the Girls" (CBS)
1973:
Was one of the writers on the TV special, "Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra" (NBC)
1975:
Wrote the book (with Kander) for the hit Broadway musical "Chicago," directed by Fosse
1975:
Earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for "How Lucky Can You Get?" from "Funny Lady"; shared nomination with Kander
1976:
With composer Cy Coleman, produced Shirley MacLaine's TV special, "Gypsy in My Soul"
1977:
Co-wrote with Kander, the song "New York, New York" for Martin Scorsese's film musical starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro
1978:
Wrote lyrics for "The Act," starring Minnelli and directed by Scorsese
1979:
Directed and served as a producer for "Liza in Concert at Carnegie Hall"
1981:
Won second Tony for creating the score for the stage adaptation of "Woman of the Year"
1984:
With Kander, wrote the theme music for the CBS sitcom, "Mama Malone"
1984:
Wrote lyrics for the musical, "The Rink," starring Minnelli and Chita Rivera
1988:
Was one of the executive producers and wrote one sketch for "Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play" (ABC)
1990:
Contributed special material to Rivera's nightclub act
1991:
Contributed special material to "Liza Minnelli: Stepping Out at Radio City"; later aired on PBS under the title "Liza Minnelli Live! From Radio City Music Hall"
1991:
A collection his songs with Kander was showcased in the off-Broadway musical revue, "And the World Goes 'Round"
1992:
Wrote songs for the revised version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman," starring Rivera; earned third Tony Award for Best Score (shared with Kander)
1996:
Wrote songs for the revised version of "Chicago" on Broadway
1997:
With Kander, wrote the music for Broadway's "Steel Pier"
1999:
Directed and wrote Liza Minnelli's comeback stage vehicle, "Minnelli on Minnelli"
2002:
Received a Grammy nomination for his work on the feature adaptation of "Chicago"
2006:
With Kander wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical, "Curtains"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score
2011:
Final collaboration with Kander before his death, composed the music for "The Scottsboro Boys"; earned a Tony nomination
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1955
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1957

Notes

"We have a rhythm of working though we're entirely different people. He's a Midwestern gentleman. He had the edges filed down ... I'm outspoken, quick and nervous. Things that terrify me don't terrify him." --Ebb on his working relationship with John Kander in USA Today, April 23, 1997.

Sources vary on Mr. Ebb's year of birth: some list 1932, others 1933, while others 1936.

In 1991, Kander and Ebb were inducted into the Theatre Hall.

Kander and Ebb have the dubious distinction of having created the only two musicals nominated for 11 Tony Awards which did not win a single award: the 1975 production of "Chicago" and 1997's "Steel Pier".

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father:
Harry Ebb.
mother:
Anna Evelyn Ebb.

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