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Leo F. Forbstein (October 16, 1892 - February 12, 1948) was an Academy Award-winning film musical director and orchestra conductor who worked on more than 550 projects during a twenty-year period. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Forbstein was attracted to music as a child, learning the violin at the age of four. As a conductor at the Royal Theater in St. Joseph, he synchronized the orchestra with the action in silent films. In the mid-1920s, he relocated to Hollywood to head the symphony orchestra at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. He soon signed with Warner Brothers to head the studio's music department and direct its Vitaphone Orchestra. His first screen credit was The Squall in 1929. In 1936, Forbstein and composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold were write-in candidates for the Oscar for Best Music, Score for their work on Captain Blood. The following year he was nominated officially for The Charge of the Light Brigade and Anthony Adverse, winning for the latter. He was nominated again for The Life of Emile Zola in 1938. Forbstein was married to the former Bess Gallas from October 16, 1914 until his death from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. They had one daughter,

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