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Also Known As: Died: March 3, 2002
Born: June 10, 1922 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, playwright, lyricist, composer

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Intimate Portrait: Mia Farrow (1999) Interviewee
2.
3.
 Life's Greatest Holiday Stories (1997) ("It'S A Wonderful Life")
4.
 Intimate Portrait: Janet Leigh (1996) Interviewee
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1948:
Early writing credit, the musical revue "Alive and Kicking"
1948:
Worked on the musical spoof "Horse Opera"
1951:
Penned the stage musical "Wedding Day"
1953:
Worked as a writer on the CBS sitcom "Private Secretary"
1954:
Contributed lyrics to the song "Born in a Trunk" performed by Judy Garland in the remake of "A Star Is Born"
1957:
Wrote screenplays for "Silk Stockings" and "Funny Face"
1959:
Adapted the film "Destry Rides Again" as a Broadway musical
1969:
Enjoyed Broadway hit with "Butterflies Are Free"; Blythe Danner co-starred
1972:
Wrote screenplay adaptation of "Butterflies Are Free"
1973:
Penned the screenplay of "40 Carats" based on the stage play
1973:
Wrote episodes of the short-lived ABC sitcom "Adam's Rib", starring Blythe Danner
1976:
Penned the narration for the compilation film "That's Entertainment II"
1979:
Wrote the story for the NBC children's fantasy "The Man in the Santa Claus Suit", starring Fred Astaire
1982:
Play "Snacks" announced for Broadway but never produced
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Notes

Reportedly the character of the spirited young woman in Gershe's play "Butterflies Are Free" was based on his next-door neighbor Mia Farrow.

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companion:
Roger Edens. Composer, music arranger.

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brother:
Richard Gershe.
sister:
Selma Becker.

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