Cole Porter


Composer, Lyricist

About

Birth Place
Peru, Indiana, USA
Born
June 09, 1891
Died
October 15, 1964
Cause of Death
Kidney Failure

Biography

As a musician, Cole Porter's entertaining and creative music was in a variety of Hollywood productions. The early stages of his career in entertainment ran the industry gamut with credits like "The Battle of Paris" (1929) to his name. Porter was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Something to Shout About" in 1943 as well as for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "High Society"...

Family & Companions

Linda Lee Thomas
Wife
Met in January 1918; had been married previously and widowed; married from December 18, 1919 until her death in May 20, 1954 at age 70.

Bibliography

"Cole Porter: A Biography"
William McBrien, Alfred A. Knopf (1998)
"The Life That Late He Led"
George Eells (1967)

Biography

As a musician, Cole Porter's entertaining and creative music was in a variety of Hollywood productions. The early stages of his career in entertainment ran the industry gamut with credits like "The Battle of Paris" (1929) to his name. Porter was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Something to Shout About" in 1943 as well as for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "High Society" in 1956. Porter was married to Linda Lee Thomas. Cole Porter passed away in October 1964 at the age of 73.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

De-Lovely (2004)
Musical Performer ("You'Re The Top")

Music (Feature Film)

The Laundromat (2019)
Song
The Party (2018)
Song
Breathe (2017)
Song
The Glass Castle (2017)
Song
Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
Song
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Song
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Song
Black Mass (2015)
Song
Joy (2015)
Song
The Monuments Men (2014)
Song
The Gambler (2014)
Song
42 (2013)
Song
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Song
American Hustle (2013)
Song
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Song
Monte Carlo (2011)
Song
The Proposal (2009)
Song
It's Complicated (2009)
Song
Amelia (2009)
Song
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Song
Me and Orson Welles (2009)
Song
Gamer (2009)
Song
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Music
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Song
Easy Virtue (2008)
Song
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Song
Australia (2008)
Song
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)
Song
Nobel Son (2007)
Song
Lust, Caution (2007)
Song
Infamous (2006)
Song
Take the Lead (2006)
Song
Confetti (2006)
Music Composer
The Black Dahlia (2006)
Song
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Composer
Kinky Boots (2005)
Song
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Song Performer
Guess Who (2005)
Song
Rumor Has It... (2005)
Song
Kinsey (2004)
Composer
De-Lovely (2004)
Song Performer ("You'Re The Top")
De-Lovely (2004)
Lyrics
De-Lovely (2004)
Music
Freaky Friday (2003)
Song
Dark Roots: The Unauthorized Anna Nicole (2003)
Song
Anything Else (2003)
Song
God is Great, I'm Not (2002)
Song ("What Is This Thing Called Love")
Return to Me (2000)
Song
What Women Want (2000)
Song
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Song
The Bachelor (1999)
Song
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Song
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Song
Jack Frost (1998)
Song
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Song
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
Song
Buena Vista Social Club (1998)
Song
Mafia! (1998)
Song
Jack Frost (1998)
Song Performer
PARENT TRAP, THE (1998)
Song
Hasards ou coincidences (1998)
Song
Great Expectations (1998)
Song
Sphere (1998)
Song
Dance With Me (1998)
Song ("Dream Dancing")
Nil By Mouth (1997)
Song ("My Heart Belongs To Daddy")
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Song ("Looking At You")
Le Jour et la nuit (1997)
Song ("Night And Day")
She's So Lovely (1997)
Song
That Old Feeling (1997)
Song
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Music
Love and Other Catastrophes (1996)
Song
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Song
Edie & Pen (1996)
Song
Miami Rhapsody (1995)
Song
Sugartime (1995)
Song
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Song
Heaven's a Drag (1994)
Song
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Song ("I Love Paris")
Rising Sun (1993)
Song
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Song
Life with Mikey (1993)
Song
Six Degrees Of Separation (1993)
Song
Passed Away (1992)
Song ("You'Re The Top")
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Song
Innocent Blood (1992)
Song
Robert's Movie (1992)
Music
Noises Off (1992)
Song
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Song
Little Man Tate (1991)
Song
Hard Promises (1991)
Song
Edward II (1991)
Song
The Marrying Man (1991)
Song
Life Stinks (1991)
Song
The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991)
Song
Finally Destroy Us (1991)
Song ("Every Time We Say Goodbye")
Scenes from a Mall (1991)
Song
The Josephine Baker Story (1991)
Song
The Rocketeer (1991)
Song
Postcards From The Edge (1990)
Song ("From This Moment On")
Lost Angels (1989)
Song
New York Stories (1989)
Song
Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)
Song
Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall (1989)
Song
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
Song
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Song
Mr. North (1988)
Song
The Blue Iguana (1988)
Song ("The Laziest Gal In Town")
Let's Get Lost (1988)
Song
Beaches (1988)
Song
Frantic (1988)
Song ("I Love Paris")
Moon Over Parador (1988)
Song
White Mischief (1988)
Song
Another Woman (1988)
Song
Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
Song ("Love For Sale")
Broken Noses (1987)
Song
September (1987)
Song
Radio Days (1987)
Song
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Song
Hilda Was a Goodlooker (1986)
Music
Crimes Of The Heart (1986)
Song ("Don'T Fence Me In")
Round Midnight (1986)
Song
Emma's War (1985)
Song ("C'Est Si Facile De Vous Aimer")
Bring on the Night (1985)
Song
After Hours (1985)
Song
Maria's Lovers (1985)
Song
City Heat (1984)
Song
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Song
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Song
Once Upon a Time in America - Extended Cut (1984)
Song
Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Song
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
Song
Evil Under The Sun (1982)
Music
Diner (1982)
Song
Pennies From Heaven (1981)
Song ("Let'S Misbehave")
Volver a Empezar (1981)
Song ("Begin The Beguine")
American Pop (1981)
Song
Stardust Memories (1980)
Song
Imposters (1979)
Song
Sunburn (1979)
Song
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Song
Mustang... The House that Joe Built (1975)
Song
At Long Last Love (1975)
Theme Lyrics
At Long Last Love (1975)
Song
Hustle (1975)
Song
Sleuth (1972)
Composer
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Composer
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex"* but Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Composer
Nightmare Honeymoon (1972)
Song
The Boys in the Band (1970)
Composer
A History of the Blue Movie (1970)
Composer
Star! (1968)
Composer
Can-Can (1960)
Composer
Let's Make Love (1960)
Composer
The Mating Game (1959)
Composer
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (1959)
Composer
Under Fire (1957)
Composer
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Composer
Les Girls (1957)
Composer
Silk Stockings (1957)
Composer
High Society (1956)
Composer
Anything Goes (1956)
Composer
Naked Alibi (1954)
Composer
It Should Happen to You (1954)
Composer
Young at Heart (1954)
Composer
The Jazz Singer (1953)
Composer
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Composer
Easy to Love (1953)
Composer
Return of the Texan (1952)
Composer
Because You're Mine (1952)
Composer
Starlift (1951)
Composer
Sunny Side of the Street (1951)
Composer
No Questions Asked (1951)
Composer
Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
Composer
Stage Fright (1950)
Composer
Side Street (1950)
Composer
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
Composer
Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)
Composer
Adam's Rib (1949)
Composer
That Wonderful Urge (1949)
Composer
The Pirate (1948)
Composer
Luxury Liner (1948)
Composer
This Time for Keeps (1947)
Composer
Humoresque (1947)
Composer
Night and Day (1946)
Composer
Lady on a Train (1945)
Composer
Roughly Speaking (1945)
Composer
Don't Fence Me In (1945)
Composer
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Composer
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
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Something for the Boys (1944)
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Lost Angel (1944)
Composer
Nobody's Darling (1943)
Composer
Hers to Hold (1943)
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You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith (1943)
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I Dood It (1943)
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Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
Composer
Something to Shout About (1943)
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Let's Face It (1943)
Composer
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Composer
Reveille with Beverly (1943)
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Panama Hattie (1942)
Composer
You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
Composer
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)
Composer
Love Thy Neighbor (1940)
Composer
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Composer
Break the News (1938)
Songs
The Singing Marine (1937)
Composer
Rosalie (1937)
Composer
Born to Dance (1936)
Composer
Anything Goes (1936)
Composer
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Composer
The Battle of Paris (1929)
Composer

Cast (Special)

You're the Top (1956)
Host

Music (Special)

Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness (1999)
Song
Kitty Carlisle Hart: My Broadway Memories (1999)
Song
Banned in America: The Stars Speak Out (1997)
Song ("Love For Sale")
Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Big Band New Year's Eve (1997)
Song
Who's Going to Pay For These Donuts, Anyway? (1993)
Song
American Flash Cards (1992)
Song
Big Band Ballroom Bash (1992)
Song
Richard Tucker Gala: A Salute to American Music (1992)
Song
Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories (1991)
Music ("Well, Did You Evah")
1990 King Orange Jamboree Parade (1990)
Song
Red, Hot & Blue (1990)
Song
An Evening With Maria Ewing (1990)
Song
The House I Live In (1990)
Song
You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story (1990)
Song
Harry Connick, Jr. & His Orchestra: Swinging Out With Harry (1990)
Song
Freedom Festival '89 (1989)
Song
A Tribute to American Music: Cole Porter (1987)
Songs ("Friendship" "Just One Of Those Things" "Easy To Love" "Miss Otis Regrets" "Begin The Beguine" "The Tale Of The Oyster" "Down In The Depths" "It'S De-Lovely" "From This Moment On" "In The Still Of The Night" "So In Love" "You'D Be So Nice To Come Home To" "What Is This Thing Called Love?" "I Concentrate On You" "Night And Day" "You'Re The Top")
Baryshnikov on Broadway (1980)
Song
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme From This Moment On... Cole Porter (1977)
Songs
Kiss Me, Kate (1958)
Songs
Panama Hattie (1954)
Music

Music (Short)

You Do Something To Me (2000)
Music
Paree, Paree (1934)
Music

Life Events

1901

Wrote his first piece of music, "Song of the Birds"

1902

His mother arranged for private publication of the song "The Bobolink Waltz"

1910

First published song, "Bridget"

1911

First musical "Cora" produced at Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Yale

1915

First song featured on Broadway, "As I Loved You" (originally titled "Esmeralda") included in the show "Kaleidoscope"

1916

Wrote his first full score for a professional theatrical production, "See America First"

1918

Served in the foreign legion during WWI

1919

Returned to the USA; wrote songs for "Hitchy-Koo of 1919"

1920

Studied at Schola Cantorum in Paris

1923

Collaborated on the ballet "Within the Quota" with Gerald Murphy (librettist and donor)

1924

Wrote the score for "Greenwich Village 'Follies'"

1929

Composed the score for "Fifty Million Frenchmen," including such hits as "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love"

1930

Song "Love for Sale" introduced in the show "The New Yorkers"; banned from radio air play

1932

First collaboration with Fred Astaire, the Broadway show "The Gay Divorce"

1933

Wrote "Nymph Errant" for Gertrude Lawrence

1934

Had a Broadway hit with "Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman

1934

Wrote the score for the unproduced film "Adios, Argentina"

1934

Initial outing in Hollywood, the film "The Gay Divorcee"; film, which featured Astaire, only used one Porter song from the stage show, "Night and Day"

1935

In December, signed 20-week contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $3,000 per week to write score for "Born to Dance", starring James Stewart and Eleanor Powell

1936

"Red, Hot and Blue" opened on Broadway; show featured Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope and Ethel Merman and introduced the classic "It's DeLovely"

1936

Received his first Academy Award nomination for the song "I've Got You Under My Skin" (from "Born to Dance")

1937

Crippled in a riding accident (Porter's legs were crushed when a horse fell on him), underwent first of eventual 30 operations to save his legs; Porter later claimed to have written some of the lyrics for the score to "At Long Last Love" while waiting for help

1938

Mary Martin had a hit with Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"

1939

Bert Lahr and Ethel Merman starred in Porter's "DuBarry Was a Lady"

1940

Merman scores a triumph as "Panama Hattie"; show becomes the longest-running of Porter's shows to date (first of his book musicals to run for over 500 performances since the 1920s)

1941

Earned his second Oscar nomination for the song "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye" (from "You'll Never Get Rich")

1943

Reteamed with Merman for "Something for the Boys"

1943

Received his third Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (from "Something to Shout About"

1946

Was the subject of the Warner Bros. film biography "Night and Day"; Cary Grant portrayed Porter

1948

Wrote the score for "The Pirate," starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland

1948

Had his biggest career success with "Kiss Me, Kate", a musical inspired by Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew"; the show ran for 1,077 performances and won the Best Musical Tony Award

1949

Composed the song "Farewell, Amanda," used in "Amanda's Rib"

1953

"Kiss Me Kate" filmed

1955

Last original stage musical, "Silk Stockings"

1956

Earned his final Oscar nomination for "True Love," sung in the film "High Society" by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly

1957

Final features released to contain full Porter scores, "Silk Stockings" and "Les Girls"

1958

Wrote the score for the TV special "Alladin"; last songs written include "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking" and "Wouldn't It Be Fun?"

1986

Premiere of "High Society" as a stage musical in London

1998

A revised version of "High Society" opened on Broadway

2000

First Broadway revival of "Kiss Me, Kate"

Photo Collections

Kiss Me Kate - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Kiss Me Kate (1953). Look for composer Cole Porter, director George Sidney, and stars Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, and others.

Videos

Movie Clip

Les Girls (1957) - I've Seen You Dance Auditioning in Paris, Joanne (Mitzi Gaynor) and Sybil (Kay Kendall) are snarky and sweet as their boss Barry (Gene Kelly) hires French Angele (Tania Elg) for their act, in the first flashback, in George Cukor's loose adaptation of Vera Caspary's Idiot's Delight, Les Girls, 1957.
Les Girls - Why Am I So Gone About That Gal? Gene Kelly goes all Brando, with Mitzi Gaynor, in the famous biker number, to Cole Porter's Why Am I So Gone About That Gal?, choreography by Jack Cole, in Les Girls, 1957.
Pennies From Heaven (1981) - Let's Misbehave Fired, pregnant and hungry schoolteacher Eileen (Bernadette Peters) wanders into a bar and meets pimp Tom (Christopher Walken) for his show-stopping strip-tease number, mimicking the Cole Porter song recorded by Irving Aaronson and His Commanders, in Pennies From Heaven, 1981.
Cool Ones, The (1967) - Just One Of Those Things Backstage at a TV variety show, ambitious dancer-singer Hallie (Debbie Watson) interrupts the band led by Glen Campbell as “Patrick,” doing an electrified Cole Porter song, Phil Harris in charge of the show, George Furth his aide, Phil Arnold the snarky stage manager, in The Cool Ones, 1967.
Mating Game, The (1959) - Under My Skin Without warning, auditor Lorenzo (Tony Randall), given a "special" drink, leaps into Cole Porter's "Under My Skin," baffling Mariette (Debbie Reynolds), her family, and his boss (Fred Clark) in The Mating Game, 1959.
Torch Song Trilogy (1988) - Love For Sale Beginning the second segment of his original autobiographical Broadway play, Harvey Fierstein as drag queen Arnold tears into a version of the Cole Porter standard, a friend (Bob Minor) intervening when customers led by Matthew Broderick as Alan get out of line, in Torch Song Trilogy, 1988.
You'll Never Get Rich (1941) - Boogie Barcarolle Dance director Robert (Fred Astaire) takes a call from frisky financier Cortland (Robert Benchley), then rehearses with not-intimidated Sheila (Rita Hayworth), their first on-screen dance together and a Cole Porter tune, early in You'll Never Get Rich, 1941.
You'll Never Get Rich (1941) - Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye Rita Hayworth and her presumptive mother-in-law arriving at the base, then a special treatment of Cole Porter's Oscar-nominated original, Lucius "Dusty" Brooks' vocal, Fred Astaire's unorthodox tap solo, Robert Alton choreography, in Columbia's You'll Never Get Rich, 1941.
You'll Never Get Rich (1941) - So Near And Yet So Far Their feuding characters persuaded to perform together, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth in their first musical as a team, dancing to a Cole Porter original, staged by Robert Alton, in the Columbia hit You'll Never Get Rich, 1941.
Silk Stockings (1957) - Siberia Ninotchka (Cyd Charisse) delivers bad news to the commissars (Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin and Joseph Buloff) who launch into Cole Porter's "Siberia," in Silk Stockings, Rouben Mamoulian's 1957 musical remake of Ninotchka, 1939.
Silk Stockings (1957) - Red Blues Put forward as a deliberately "decadent composition" (a Cole Porter original), and supposedly taking place in the apartment of Ninotchka (Cyd Charisse) back in Moscow, the whole neighborhood takes notice, Eugene Loring choreography, in the MGM musical re-make Silk Stockings, 1957.
Silk Stockings (1957) - Stereophonic Sound American producer Steve (Fred Astaire) and Hollywood aqua-musical star Peggy (Janis Paige) aim to convince the Paris press that her lack of acting skill is no impediment to a modern movie hit, with a Cole Porter original, in MGM’s re-make of Ninotchka, Silk Stockings, 1957.

Family

James Omar Cole
Grandfather
Businessman. Helped to finance Porter's education.
Samuel Fenwick Porter
Father
Druggist. Married Porter's mother in 1884; died in 1927.
Kate Cole Porter
Mother
Married Porter's father in 1884; died on August 3, 1952 at age 90.
Louis Porter
Brother
Older; died in infancy.
Rachel Porter
Sister
Older; died in infancy.

Companions

Linda Lee Thomas
Wife
Met in January 1918; had been married previously and widowed; married from December 18, 1919 until her death in May 20, 1954 at age 70.

Bibliography

"Cole Porter: A Biography"
William McBrien, Alfred A. Knopf (1998)
"The Life That Late He Led"
George Eells (1967)