Richard Rodgers


Composer

About

Also Known As
Richard Charles Rodgers, Richard C Rodgers
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
June 28, 1902
Died
December 30, 1979

Biography

Prolific writer of show tunes who enjoyed fruitful collaborations with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. Rogers confected some of Hollywood's most enduring musicals, including "Oklahoma!" (1955), "The King and I" (1956) and "The Sound of Music" (1965) and contributed numerous scores and songs to films through the 1960s....

Family & Companions

Helen Ford
Companion
Actor, singer. Involved in 1920s.
Dorothy Rodgers
Wife
Married on March 5, 1930; survived him.

Bibliography

"Somewhere for Me"
Meryle Secrest, Alfred A. Knopf (2001)
"Overture and Finale: Rodgers & Hammerstein and the Creation of Their Two Greatest Hits"
Max Wilk (1999)
"Richard Rodgers"
William Hyland, Yale University Press (1998)
"Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein: A Complete Song Catalogue"
Steven Suskin, McFarland (1990)

Notes

Rodgers was one of only eight individuals who have received each of the four major entertainment awards in competition. The others are Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols and Marvin Hamlisch.

Biography

Prolific writer of show tunes who enjoyed fruitful collaborations with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. Rogers confected some of Hollywood's most enduring musicals, including "Oklahoma!" (1955), "The King and I" (1956) and "The Sound of Music" (1965) and contributed numerous scores and songs to films through the 1960s.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Main Street to Broadway (1953)
Himself

Writer (Feature Film)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" (2001)
Play As Source Material

Music (Feature Film)

Last Christmas (2019)
Song
The Good Liar (2019)
Song
First Man (2018)
Song
The Children Act (2018)
Music
Green Book (2018)
Song
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Song
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2018)
Song
The Dressmaker (2016)
Song
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Song
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Song
1:30 Train (2015)
Song
Born to Be Blue (2015)
Song
Joy (2015)
Song
Fading Gigolo (2014)
Song
And So It Goes (2014)
Song
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Song
The Last Stand (2013)
Song
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013)
Song
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Song
American Hustle (2013)
Song
The Campaign (2012)
Song
All Good Things (2010)
Song
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
Song
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Song
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Song
Away We Go (2009)
Song
A Single Man (2009)
Song
Youth in Revolt (2009)
Song
The Answer Man (2009)
Song
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Song
Speed Racer (2008)
Song
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Song
College Road Trip (2008)
Song
The Good Night (2007)
Song
Perfect Stranger (2007)
Song
Shrek the Third (2007)
Song
Happy Feet (2006)
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Last Holiday (2006)
Song
The History Boys (2006)
Song
Believe In Me (2006)
Song
The Pacifier (2005)
Song
Rumor Has It... (2005)
Song
The Bad News Bears (2005)
Song
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Song
Connie and Carla (2004)
Song
The Big Bounce (2004)
Song
American Splendor (2003)
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How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Song
It Runs in the Family (2003)
Song ("Where Or When")
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Music
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Song
God is Great, I'm Not (2002)
Song ("I Didn'T Know What Time It Was")
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
Song
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
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Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Composer
Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" (2001)
Music
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Song
Domestic Disturbance (2001)
Song
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
Song
Amelie (2001)
Song ("With A Song In My Heart")
Wonder Boys (2000)
Composer
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Song
U-571 (2000)
Song
Duets (2000)
Song
Return to Me (2000)
Song
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Song
American Beauty (1999)
Song
At First Sight (1999)
Song
The King and I (1999)
From Musical (Music)
Superstar (1999)
Song
The Out of Towners (1999)
Song
Runaway Bride (1999)
Song
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Song
Notting Hill (1999)
Song
Condo Painting (1999)
Song ("You'Ll Never Walk Alone")
Welcome to Woop Woop (1998)
Song
Besieged (1998)
Song ("My Favorite Things")
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Song
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song
Sphere (1998)
Song
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Song ("The Lady Is A Tramp")
The Postman (1997)
Song
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)
Music
Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
Song ("Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered"), Song ("Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You")
That Old Feeling (1997)
Song
Flubber (1997)
Song
Kiss Me Guido (1997)
Song ("So Long, Farewell" "Laendler")
Dante's Peak (1997)
Song
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Song
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)
Song
Selena (1997)
Song
Paws (1997)
Song
Fathers' Day (1997)
Song
The Evening Star (1996)
Song
Underworld (1996)
Song
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Song
The English Patient (1996)
Music ("Manhattan"), Words And Music ("Where Or When")
Shall We Dance? (1996)
Song ("Shall We Dance?")
One Fine Day (1996)
Song
The Neon Bible (1995)
Song Composer ("My Romance")
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Song
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
Song
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Music
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Song ("Some Enchanted Evening")
Flesh and Bone (1993)
Song
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Song
The Remains Of The Day (1993)
Music Composer
Malice (1993)
Song
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Song
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Song
This Boy's Life (1993)
Song
Dave (1993)
Song
Rich in Love (1992)
Song ("Blue Moon")
A League of Their Own (1992)
Song
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
Song
School Ties (1992)
Song
The Addams Family (1991)
Song
Short Fuse (1991)
Music
Dead Again (1991)
Song
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Song
True Colors (1991)
Song
Jungle Fever (1991)
Song
Stepping Out (1991)
Song
Father of the Bride (1991)
Song
Late for Dinner (1991)
Song
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Song
Framed (1990)
Music
Funny About Love (1990)
Song
Where the Heart Is (1990)
Song
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Song
Cousins (1989)
Song ("Isn'T It Romantic?")
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Song
Great Balls Of Fire (1989)
Song
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
Song
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)
Song
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Song
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Song
Catch Me If You Can (1989)
Song
Gross Anatomy (1989)
Song
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Song
Let's Get Lost (1988)
Song
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Song
Working Girl (1988)
Song
Broken Noses (1987)
Song
Surrender (1987)
Music
My American Cousin (1986)
Music ("Some Enchanted Evening")
Children Of A Lesser God (1986)
Song
Heartburn (1986)
Song
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Song
Real Genius (1985)
Song
D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
Music
Desert Hearts (1985)
Song ("Blue Moon")
Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Music
Tempest (1982)
Music
Diner (1982)
Music
Chan Is Missing (1982)
Song ("Grant Avenue")
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Music
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Song
American Pop (1981)
Music
Four Friends (1981)
Song ("Blue Moon")
Paternity (1981)
Song
The Dollar Bottom (1981)
Song
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Music
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Music
Joe Albany... A Jazz Life (1980)
Song
Players (1979)
Song
Valentine (1979)
Music
Grease (1978)
Song ("Blue Moon")
The One And Only (1978)
Song
Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More (1974)
Song
Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971)
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Going Home (1971)
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The Swinger (1966)
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The Sound of Music (1965)
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Jumbo (1962)
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State Fair (1962)
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Pepe (1961)
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Flower Drum Song (1961)
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Night of the Quarter Moon (1959)
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South Pacific (1958)
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The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
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Beau James (1957)
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Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957)
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Pal Joey (1957)
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The King and I (1956)
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Carousel (1956)
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Gaby (1956)
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The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
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Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
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Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)
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Oklahoma! (1955)
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Sabrina (1954)
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A Star Is Born (1954)
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Torch Song (1953)
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Remains to Be Seen (1953)
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Main Street to Broadway (1953)
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The Jazz Singer (1953)
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With a Song in My Heart (1952)
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Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
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Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
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Tea for Two (1950)
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Young Man with a Horn (1950)
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Love That Brute (1950)
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Malaya (1949)
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Words and Music (1948)
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I Walk Alone (1948)
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Isn't It Romantic (1948)
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Because of Him (1946)
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State Fair (1945)
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Ten Cents a Dance (1945)
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Meet the People (1944)
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This Is the Life (1944)
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Moonlight in Vermont (1943)
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Stage Door Canteen (1943)
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Higher and Higher (1943)
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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
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This Was Paris (1942)
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I Married an Angel (1942)
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The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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They Met in Argentina (1941)
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The Boys from Syracuse (1940)
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Too Many Girls (1940)
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Babes in Arms (1939)
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Fools for Scandal (1938)
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Dancing Pirate (1936)
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Mississippi (1935)
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Nana (1934)
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Hollywood Party (1934)
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Evergreen (1934)
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The Merry Widow (1934)
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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
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Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)
Music dial by
Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)
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Dancing Lady (1933)
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The Phantom President (1932)
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Love Me Tonight (1932)
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The Hot Heiress (1931)
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Ten Cents a Dance (1931)
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Heads Up (1930)
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Spring Is Here (1930)
Composer

Sound (Feature Film)

Twelve Mile Road (2003)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Gershwin Years (1962)
Dateline (1954)

Music (Special)

Kitty Carlisle Hart: My Broadway Memories (1999)
Music
The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty (1999)
Music
Burn the Floor (1999)
Music ("Carousel Waltz")
Great Performers at Lincoln Center: A Celebration of the American Musical (1997)
Music
A Grand Night For Singing - Public Television's Gift to You (1996)
Music
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1996)
Music
Catch-22 (1996)
Music
The Sound of Julie Andrews (1995)
Music
The Lawrence Welk Show: Then and Now (1995)
Song
An Evening With Kathleen Battle and Thomas Hampson (1995)
Song
TIBOR RUDAS PRESENTS CARRERAS, DOMINGO, PAVAROTTI WITH MEHTA: THE THREE TENORS IN CONCERT (1994)
Music
The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream (1993)
Music
The I Love America Concert (1991)
Music
Michael Feinstein & Friends (1991)
Song
Music By Richard Rodgers (1990)
Music
Jacksonville Jazz X (1990)
Music
National Memorial Day Concert (1990)
Music
Harry Connick, Jr. & His Orchestra: Swinging Out With Harry (1990)
Song
Julie Andrews in Concert (1990)
Music
The Truth About Teachers (1989)
Music
Jacksonville Jazz IX (1989)
Music
Keith Jarrett: Standards (1988)
Lyrics ("It'S Easy To Remember")
A Grand Night: The Performing Arts Salute Public Television (1988)
Music
Bob Hope's Tropical Comedy Special From Tahiti (1987)
Song
A Tribute to American Music: Rodgers and Hart (1987)
Songs
Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (The Spark and the Glue) (1985)
Music
Baryshnikov on Broadway (1980)
Music
Androcles and the Lion (1967)
Songs
Cinderella (1957)
Music
A Connecticut Yankee (1955)
Music

Cast (Short)

An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930)
Himself

Music (Short)

Hollywood Party (1937)
Music
Yours Sincerely (1933)
Music Composer

Music (TV Mini-Series)

I'll Take Manhattan (1987)
Song

Life Events

Photo Collections

Words and Music - Scene Stills - "The Slaughter on 10th Avenue"
Here are a number of scene stills from MGM's Words and Music (1948), featuring Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen in "The Slaughter on 10th Avenue" sequence.

Videos

Movie Clip

Flower Drum Song (1961) - Chop Suey Another Rodgers & Hammerstein original which has long split opinion (Is it cultural stereotyping or knowing commentary?), Juanita Hall reprising her stage role as Madame Liang of San Francisco, receiving a citizenship award then supported by Jim Shigeta (who, it is sometimes forgotten, started out as a singer), Jack Soo, Benson Fong et al, in Flower Drum Song, 1961.
Flower Drum Song (1961) - I Am Going to Like it Here James Shigeta (as student Wang Ta, scion of a prosperous San Francisco Chinese family) greets Miyoshi Umeki (as picture-bride Mei Li), just arrived from China, leading into her Asian-inflected song by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, in Flower Drum Song, 1961.
Flower Drum Song (1961) - I Enjoy Being a Girl Nancy Kwan (as Chinese-American showgirl Linda) strikes dozens of Western poses in a dazzling display by designer Irene, in the saucy Rodgers & Hammerstein number (dubbed by top vocalist Betty Jane "BJ" Baker, the former Mrs. Mickey Rooney), in Flower Drum Song, 1961.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) - Where Or When Alice (Ellen Burtsyn) brings Jacobs (Murray Moston) into a Phoenix bar in hopes of getting hired in his competing bar as a singer, her audition medley beginning with Rodgers and Hart's Where Or When, camera by Kent Wakeford, in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, 1974.
South Pacific (1958) - Cockeyed Optimist Not a mistake, the screen turns yellow-gold, in a technique director Joshua Logan disliked but didn't have time to fix, as Ensign Nellie Forbush (Mitzi Gaynor) sings Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cockeyed Optimist" for Emile (Rossano Brazzi) in South Pacific, 1958.
South Pacific (1958) - Nothing Like A Dame! Ray Walston (as "Luther") leads the chorus, with a drop-in by Mitzi Gaynor (as nurse "Nellie") in easily the beefiest number from South Pacific, 1958, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Nothing Like A Dame."
South Pacific (1958) - Open, Rodgers And Hammerstein Following the overture but to similar effect, the opening credits from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, 1958, starring Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi, directed by Joshua Logan.
Pal Joey (1957) - Vanessa The Undresser Kim Novak standing by to model fashion, Frank Sinatra the title character, Bobby Sherwood his pal at the piano, all invited from the club to a San Francisco society gig hosted by Rita Hayworth as Vera, in her first scene, some recalling her past, with another Rodgers and Hart tune, this one not from the Broadway musical, in Pal Joey, 1957.
Pal Joey (1957) - Open, Here's Your Ticket Director George Sidney’s opening, shot at the Berkeley, California train station, introduces Frank Sinatra (title character) followed by the first of many San Francisco location scenes, in Pal Joey, 1957, also starring Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak, from the Rodgers & Hart musical.
King and I, The (1956) - I Am 150 Years Old! Anna (Deborah Kerr) with son Louis (Rex Thompson) in her first meeting with the grumpy king (Yul Brynner) in 20th Century Fox's 1956 production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I.
King And I, The (1956) -- Getting To Know You English tutor Anna (Deborah Kerr) has been explaining modern geography to her charges, children of the Siamese king, leading into of one of the best known tunes from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, Marni Nixon’s voice for the song, in The King And I, 1956, also starring Yul Brynner.
King And I, The (1956) -- Shall We Dance After a successful demonstration of civilized manners for the British ambassador, teacher Anna (Deborah Kerr) is explaining Western marital customs to her employer the Siamese king (Yul Brynner), Marni Nixon dubbing her vocal for the Rodgers & Hammerstein song, in The King And I, 1956.

Trailer

Gaby - (Original Trailer) Gaby (1956), Waterloo Bridge in color and widescreen with Leslie Caron as the woman left behind in World War II.
Words And Music - (Original Trailer) Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Perry Como perform the songs of Rodgers and Hart in Words And Music (1948).
State Fair (1945) - (Original Trailer) Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews star in Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical version of State Fair (1945).
Flower Drum Song - (Original Trailer) A refugee travels to Chinatown as a mail-order bride in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical comedy Flower Drum Song (1961).
Carousel - (Original Trailer) A dramatic love story unfolds between a rough-talking, macho carousel barker, and a young, innocent mill worker in Carousel (1956).
This Was Paris - (Original Trailer) On the eve of the Nazi occupation, spies in Paris try to outguess each other in This Was Paris (1942).
Too Many Girls -- (Re-issue Trailer) The re-issue trailer for Too Many Girls, 1940, the Rodgers & Hart musical adapted from Broadway on which Lucille Ball met Desi Arnaz.
Sabrina (1954) - (Original Trailer) When a wealthy playboy falls in love with his chauffeur's daughter (Audrey Hepburn) his staid older brother pretends to pursue her himself in Sabrina (1954).
Hot Heiress, The - (Original Trailer) When a society woman falls for a riveter, she tries to pass him off as an architect in the Rodgers and Hart musical The Hot Heiress (1931).
Fools For Scandal - (Original Trailer) Carole Lombard is a Hollywood star whom a broke aristocrat tries to blackmail into marriage in Fools For Scandal (1938).
Love Me Tonight - (Original Trailer) Parisian tailor Maurice Chevalier falls in love with princess Jeanette MacDonald in the musical Love Me Tonight (1932).

Family

William Abraham Rodgers
Father
Physician. Married Rodgers' mother on November 24, 1896.
Mamie Rodgers
Mother
Married Rodgers' father on November 24, 1896.
Mortimer Rodgers
Brother
Bor January 13, 1898.
Mary Rodgers
Daughter
Composer. Born January 11, 1931.
Adam Guettel
Grandson
Composer. Son of Mary Rodgers and Henry Guettel.

Companions

Helen Ford
Companion
Actor, singer. Involved in 1920s.
Dorothy Rodgers
Wife
Married on March 5, 1930; survived him.

Bibliography

"Somewhere for Me"
Meryle Secrest, Alfred A. Knopf (2001)
"Overture and Finale: Rodgers & Hammerstein and the Creation of Their Two Greatest Hits"
Max Wilk (1999)
"Richard Rodgers"
William Hyland, Yale University Press (1998)
"Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein: A Complete Song Catalogue"
Steven Suskin, McFarland (1990)
"Musical Stages"
Richard Rodgers, Random House (1975)

Notes

Rodgers was one of only eight individuals who have received each of the four major entertainment awards in competition. The others are Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols and Marvin Hamlisch.