Dorothy Fields


Lyricist

About

Birth Place
Allenhurst, New Jersey, USA
Born
July 15, 1905
Died
March 28, 1974

Biography

Dorothy Fields made quite a career for herself as an Academy Award-winning musician. In 1928, she wrote her first Broadway lyrics. Fields began her entertainment career with her music featured in films like the Robert Montgomery adaptation "Love in the Rough" (1930). Fields won an Academy Award for "Roberta" in 1935. Fields won a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Swing Time" in 1936. Fiel...

Family & Companions

Jack Wiener
Husband
Physician. Married in 1924; divorced.
Eli Lahm
Husband
Businessman. Married in 1939; second husband.

Biography

Dorothy Fields made quite a career for herself as an Academy Award-winning musician. In 1928, she wrote her first Broadway lyrics. Fields began her entertainment career with her music featured in films like the Robert Montgomery adaptation "Love in the Rough" (1930). Fields won an Academy Award for "Roberta" in 1935. Fields won a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Swing Time" in 1936. Fields was also credited in "Another Woman" (1988) starring Gena Rowlands, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988) and "Everybody's All American" with Jessica Lange (1988). She also was recognized in "Tap" (1989). Fields's music was most recently featured in the Bradley Cooper dramatic adaptation "Serena" (2015). Fields was married to Eli Lahm and had one child. Fields passed away in March 1974 at the age of 69.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Stage Door Canteen (1943)

Writer (Feature Film)

Father Takes a Wife (1941)
Original Screenplay
Joy of Living (1938)
Original Story

Music (Feature Film)

The Mule (2018)
Song
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Song
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Song
Serena (2015)
Song
Carol (2015)
Song
Think Like a Man Too (2014)
Song
Elsa and Fred (2014)
Song
Jersey Boys (2014)
Song
Labor Day (2013)
Song
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Song
Love Ranch (2010)
Song
Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)
Song
Step Up 3-D (2010)
Song
Valentine's Day (2010)
Song
Barney's Version (2010)
Song
Me and Orson Welles (2009)
Song
Is Anybody There? (2009)
Song
Funny People (2009)
Song
This Christmas (2007)
Song
Married Life (2007)
Song
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Song
Hollywoodland (2006)
Song
Son of the Mask (2005)
Song
Guess Who (2005)
Song
The Aviator (2004)
Composer
First Daughter (2004)
Song
Around the Bend (2004)
Song
American Splendor (2003)
Composer
Chicago (2003)
Composer
Kevin and Perry Go Large (2003)
Song
Anything Else (2003)
Song
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Song
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Song
Dinner With Friends (2001)
Song
Bojangles (2001)
Song
What Women Want (2000)
Song
Circus (2000)
Song ("Big Spender")
The Family Man (2000)
Song
The Green Mile (1999)
Song
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Song
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
Song
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999)
Song
The Love Letter (1999)
Song
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Song
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
Song
L' Ennui (1998)
Song
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Song
Psycho (1998)
Song
Lolita (1997)
Song ("I'M In The Mood For Love")
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Song
One Night Stand (1997)
Song
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Song
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Song
The Associate (1996)
Song
Son-In-Law (1993)
Song
Arthur Miller's American Clock (1993)
Song
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Song
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Song
The Babe (1992)
Song
A League of Their Own (1992)
Song
JFK (Director's Cut) (1991)
Song
The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991)
Theme Lyrics
Another You (1991)
Song
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Song
JFK (1991)
Song
Tap (1989)
Song
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)
Song
Everybody's All-American (1988)
Song
Another Woman (1988)
Song
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Song ("Pick Yourself Up")
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Song
Miss Mary (1986)
Song ("I Can'T Five You Anything But Love, Baby")
Vamp (1986)
Song
Micki & Maude (1984)
Song ("On The Sunny Side Of The Street")
The Cotton Club (1984)
Song
Can She Bake A Cherry Pie? (1983)
Song ("The Way You Look Tonight")
Eating Raoul (1982)
Song ("Exactly Like You")
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Song
Rich and Famous (1981)
Song
House Calls (1978)
Song ("On The Sunny Side Of The Street")
Chinatown (1974)
Song
The Grissom Gang (1971)
Composer
Sweet Charity (1969)
Composer
The Hell With Heroes (1968)
Composer
Belle Sommers (1962)
Composer
Twist All Night (1961)
Composer
Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960)
Composer
The Gene Krupa Story (1960)
Composer
Ask Any Girl (1959)
Composer
Short Cut to Hell (1957)
Composer
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Composer
Satchmo the Great (1957)
Composer
The Leather Saint (1956)
Composer
Bring Your Smile Along (1955)
Composer
So This Is Paris (1955)
Composer
About Mrs. Leslie (1954)
Composer
The Stooge (1953)
Composer
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)
Composer
Lovely To Look At (1952)
Composer
The Strip (1951)
Composer
Texas Carnival (1951)
Composer
That's My Boy (1951)
Composer
Excuse My Dust (1951)
Composer
Mr. Imperium (1951)
Composer
Make Believe Ballroom (1949)
Composer
The Saxon Charm (1948)
Composer
Big City (1948)
Composer
Up in Central Park (1948)
Composer
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
Composer
Two Blondes and a Redhead (1947)
Composer
Swing Parade of 1946 (1946)
Composer
People Are Funny (1946)
Composer
Freddie Steps Out (1946)
Composer
The Secret Heart (1946)
Composer
Between Two Women (1945)
Composer
On Stage Everybody (1945)
Composer
Vacation from Marriage (1945)
Composer
Winged Victory (1944)
Composer
Follow the Boys (1944)
Composer
Jam Session (1944)
Composer
Stormy Weather (1943)
Composer
Nobody's Darling (1943)
Composer
Is Everybody Happy? (1943)
Composer
True to the Army (1942)
Composer
I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby (1940)
Composer
One Night in the Tropics (1940)
Composer
Joy of Living (1938)
Composer
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Composer
When You're in Love (1937)
Composer
Swing Time (1936)
Composer
Palm Springs (1936)
Composer
The King Steps Out (1936)
Composer
Every Night at Eight (1935)
Music
I Dream Too Much (1935)
Composer
Hooray for Love (1935)
Composer
Alice Adams (1935)
Composer
The Nitwits (1935)
Composer
In Person (1935)
Composer
Roberta (1935)
Composer
Dancing Lady (1933)
Composer
Meet the Baron (1933)
Composer
The Cuban Love Song (1931)
Composer
Men Call It Love (1931)
Composer
Flying High (1931)
Composer
Love in the Rough (1930)
Composer
The Time, the Place, and the Girl (1929)
Composer

Writer (Special)

Annie Get Your Gun (1967)
Play As Source Material

Music (Special)

From Broadway: Fosse (2002)
Theme Lyrics
Yours For a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley (1999)
Song
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1992)
Song
Michael Feinstein & Friends (1991)
Song
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1989)
Song
Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show With the All-America Champs (1988)
Song

Special Thanks (Special)

Annie Get Your Gun (1967)
Play As Source Material

Writer (TV Mini-Series)

Annie Get Your Gun (2003)
Play As Source Material ("Annie Get Your Gun")

Life Events

1928

Wrote her first Broadway lyrics

1943

First film performance in "Stage Door Canteen"

Videos

Movie Clip

Sweet Charity (1969) - Open, The Adventures Of A Girl From first-time movie director Bob Fosse and composer Cy Coleman, a breezy contemporary Manhattan opening, introducing Shirley MacLaine in the title role, in the box-office flop big-screen version of Fosse's Broadway musical, Sweet Charity, 1969.
Nitwits, The (1935) - Music In My Heart If Betty Grable looks like she’s 18 it’s because she was, in one of her earliest credited features, as Mary, secretary to the boss upstairs at the music publishing company, who needs a murder song, so she can’t wait to tell her songwriting beau Johnnie (Bert Wheeler) down at the cigar shop, launching into a Jimmy McHugh-Dorothy Fields original, in the Wheeler & Woolsey comedy The Nitwits, 1935.
Swing Time (1936) - A Fine Romance Dance partners Penny (Ginger Rogers) and Lucky (Fred Astaire) are constrained from confessing their love for each other, Pop (Victor Moore) enlisted as his backstop, lyrics by Dorothy Fields written to Jerome Kern's tune to support the plot point, Ginger's vocal first, George Stevens directing, in Swing Time, 1936.
Texas Carnival (1951) - She's Half A Girl And Half A Fish Opening the musical from producer Jack Cummings’ unit at MGM, Red Skelton is the carnival barker with a tune by Harry Warren and Dorothy Fields, Esther Williams as his brand new partner, discovering problems with their act, in Texas Carnival, 1951.
Texas Carnival (1951) - Young Folks Should Get Married Howard Keel, as ranch foreman Slim, because he has true feelings for Debbie (Esther Williams), isn’t letting on that he knows she’s not the richest gal in Texas, for-whom everyone has mistaken her, prompting the tune by Harry Warren and Dorothy Fields, in MGM’s Texas Carnival, 1951.
Swing Time (1936) - Waltz In Swing Time Fred Astaire (as Lucky) has won the contract of bandleader Ricky (Georges Metaxa) in a card game so, despite being rivals over Penny (Ginger Rogers), he is obligated to play Jerome Kern’s pacey Waltz In Swing Time for their audition, a landmark number from Swing Time, 1936.
Swing Time (1936) - The Way You Look Tonight Often cited as the most sublime of all Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dance performances, following Fred’s vocal in which the end of their romance and dance partnership is confirmed, choreographed by Hermes Pan to the Jerome Kern tune, Robert Russell Bennett orchestration, in Swing Time, 1936.
Father Takes A Wife (1941) - What Are You Doing In My Clothes? First with shipping magnate “Senior” Osborne (Adolphe Menjou) who’s been giddy and on spending sprees, joined by bothered son “Junior” (John Howard), who’s been covering for him on a christening, and the explanation begins, in Father Takes A Bride, 1941.
Father Takes A Wife (1941) - You'll Always Be An Actress Here we meet actress Leslie (Gloria Swanson, in a comeback role), whom we’ve learned is betrothed to shipping magnate Adolphe Menjou, with her aunt (Helen Broderick), preparing to meet his son before her final performance, in Father Takes A Wife, 1941.
Father Takes A Wife (1941) - Drop Your Anchor, Dear Having argued through several days of their honeymoon, shipping tycoon Frederick (Adolphe Menjou) and just retired actress Leslie (Gloria Swanson) discuss the Latino singer stowaway (Desi Arnaz) who’s just been found on his private yacht, in Father Takes A Wife, 1941.

Family

Lew Fields
Father
Producer, former vaudevillian.
Rose Fields
Mother
Frances Fields
Sister
Older.
Herbert Fields
Brother
Playwright, librettist. Died on March 24, 1958 of heart attack at age 60.
Joseph Fields
Brother
Playwright. Older.
David Lahm
Son
Composer, pianist, singer. Born on December 12, 1940; married to performer Judy Kreston.

Companions

Jack Wiener
Husband
Physician. Married in 1924; divorced.
Eli Lahm
Husband
Businessman. Married in 1939; second husband.

Bibliography