Oscar Hammerstein Ii


Lyricist

About

Also Known As
Oscar Hammerstein
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
July 12, 1895
Died
August 23, 1960
Cause of Death
Stomach Cancer

Biography

Renowned lyricist of numerous Broadway musicals and show tunes whose collaborators included Jerome Kern and George Gershwin. Hammerstein's long-term association with Richard Rodgers produced numerous hit plays and films....

Family & Companions

Myra Finn
Wife
First wife; married on August 21, 1917; divorced in 1929.
Dorothy Blanchard Jacobson
Wife
Actor. Married on May 16, 1929.

Bibliography

"Overture and Finale: Rodgers & Hammerstein and the Creation of Their Two Greatest Hits"
Max Wilk (1999)
"Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein: A Complete Song Catalogue"
Steven Suskin, McFarland (1990)

Biography

Renowned lyricist of numerous Broadway musicals and show tunes whose collaborators included Jerome Kern and George Gershwin. Hammerstein's long-term association with Richard Rodgers produced numerous hit plays and films.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Big Show (1957)
Main Street to Broadway (1953)
Himself

Writer (Feature Film)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" (2001)
Play As Source Material
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)
Book As Source Material
Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)
Book As Source Material
State Fair (1962)
Adaptation
State Fair (1945)
Screenwriter
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Adaptation
Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
Screenwriter
High, Wide and Handsome (1937)
Original story and Screenplay
Show Boat (1936)
Stage play, screen play and lyrics by
The Night Is Young (1935)
Libretto
Children of Dreams (1931)
Mus, Adapted and dial
Viennese Nights (1931)
Screenwriter

Music (Feature Film)

Last Christmas (2019)
Song
Green Book (2018)
Song
First Man (2018)
Song
I Can Only Imagine (2018)
Song
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2018)
Song
The Dressmaker (2016)
Song
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Song
Aloha (2015)
Song
Experimenter (2015)
Song
Joy (2015)
Song
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Song
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Song
Step Up 3-D (2010)
Song
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
Song
Meet Monica Velour (2010)
Song
All Good Things (2010)
Song
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Song
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Song
Away We Go (2009)
Song
College Road Trip (2008)
Song
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Song
The Good Night (2007)
Song
Shrek the Third (2007)
Song
Believe In Me (2006)
Song
Rumor Has It... (2005)
Song
Lord of War (2005)
Song
The Pacifier (2005)
Song
Connie and Carla (2004)
Song
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Song
The Big Bounce (2004)
Song
American Splendor (2003)
Composer
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Music
The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
Song
Live From Baghdad (2002)
Song
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Composer
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Composer
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Composer
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Song
Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" (2001)
Theme Lyrics
My First Mister (2001)
Song
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Song
What Women Want (2000)
Song
U-571 (2000)
Song
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Song
At First Sight (1999)
Song
Goodbye Lover (1999)
Songs ("My Favorite Things" "Maria" "So Long Farewell" "Climb Ev'Ry" "Mountain")
Man on the Moon (1999)
Song
American Beauty (1999)
Song
Random Hearts (1999)
Song
The King and I (1999)
From Musical (Lyrics)
Flawless (1999)
Song
Condo Painting (1999)
Song ("You'Ll Never Walk Alone")
Dudley Do-Right (1999)
Song
Sphere (1998)
Song
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song
Besieged (1998)
Song ("My Favorite Things")
Welcome to Woop Woop (1998)
Song
Psycho (1998)
Song
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Song
The Postman (1997)
Song
Nil By Mouth (1997)
Song ("Can'T Help Lovin' Dat Man")
Fathers' Day (1997)
Song
Going All the Way (1997)
Song
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)
Theme Lyrics
Flubber (1997)
Song
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Song
Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
Song ("Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You")
Paws (1997)
Song
Kiss Me Guido (1997)
Song ("So Long, Farewell")
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Song
Shall We Dance? (1996)
Song ("Shall We Dance?")
Underworld (1996)
Song
Lush Life (1994)
Theme Lyrics
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Theme Lyrics
Dave (1993)
Song
This Boy's Life (1993)
Song
My Life (1993)
Song
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Song
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Song
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Song
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
Song
Jungle Fever (1991)
Song
The Addams Family (1991)
Song
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Song
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Theme Lyrics
Old Explorers (1990)
Song
Framed (1990)
Theme Lyrics
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Song
New York Stories (1989)
Song
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Song
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)
Song
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Song
Another Woman (1988)
Song
When I Get Too Old to Dream (1987)
Song
September (1987)
Song
Heartburn (1986)
Song
My American Cousin (1986)
Lyrics ("Some Enchanted Evening")
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Music Lyrics
Chan Is Missing (1982)
Song ("Grant Avenue")
Paternity (1981)
Song
American Pop (1981)
Song
Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)
Theme Lyrics
Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)
Music
The One And Only (1978)
Song
Alice, Sweet Alice (1977)
Song
Mingus (1968)
Composer
The Sound of Music (1965)
Composer
State Fair (1962)
Composer
Flower Drum Song (1961)
Composer
South Pacific (1958)
Composer
Paris Holiday (1958)
Composer
Seven Hills of Rome (1958)
Composer
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Composer
Jeanne Eagels (1957)
Composer
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
Composer
The King and I (1956)
Composer
Oklahoma! (1955)
Composer
Carmen Jones (1955)
Composer
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Composer
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Composer
Rose Marie (1954)
Composer
Main Street to Broadway (1953)
Composer
The Desert Song (1953)
Composer
Show Boat (1951)
Composer
The Strip (1951)
Composer
Manhattan Angel (1949)
Composer
Look for the Silver Lining (1949)
Composer
Holiday in Havana (1949)
Composer
I Surrender Dear (1948)
Composer
The Man I Love (1947)
Composer
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
Composer
The Gentleman Misbehaves (1946)
Composer
Centennial Summer (1946)
Composer
Talk About a Lady (1946)
Composer
State Fair (1945)
Composer
Broadway Rhythm (1944)
Composer
The Desert Song (1943)
Composer
Sunny (1941)
Composer
Land of Liberty (1941)
Composer
Lady Be Good (1941)
Composer
New Moon (1940)
Composer
One Night in the Tropics (1940)
Composer
The Lady Objects (1938)
Composer
The Great Waltz (1938)
Composer
I'll Take Romance (1937)
Composer
High, Wide and Handsome (1937)
Composer
Rose-Marie (1936)
Composer
Give Us This Night (1936)
Composer
Show Boat (1936)
Composer
Roberta (1935)
Composer
Reckless (1935)
Composer
The Night Is Young (1935)
Composer
Annapolis Farewell (1935)
Composer
Music in the Air (1934)
Composer
Sweet Adeline (1934)
Composer
New Moon (1931)
Composer
Viennese Nights (1931)
Composer
Children of Dreams (1931)
Composer
The 3 Sisters (1930)
Composer
Sunny (1930)
Composer
Song of the West (1930)
Composer
Song of the Flame (1930)
Composer
Golden Dawn (1930)
Composer
Show Boat (1929)
Composer
The Desert Song (1929)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Other

Writer (Special)

Show Boat (1989)
Book As Source Material

Music (Special)

Kitty Carlisle Hart: My Broadway Memories (1999)
Lyrics
Great Performers at Lincoln Center: A Celebration of the American Musical (1997)
Theme Lyrics
A Grand Night For Singing - Public Television's Gift to You (1996)
Theme Lyrics
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1996)
Theme Lyrics
The Sound of Julie Andrews (1995)
Theme Lyrics
Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II (1995)
Lyrics ("Some Enchanted Evening" "A Cockeyed Optimist" "Why Was I Born" "All The Things You Are" "Can'T Help Lovin' That Man" "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" "Bali Hai" "The Last Time I Saw Paris" "You'Ve Got To Be Carefully Taught" "Climb Ev'Ry Mountain" "You'Ll Never Walk Alone")
An Evening With Kathleen Battle and Thomas Hampson (1995)
Song
The Lawrence Welk Show: Then and Now (1995)
Song
The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream (1993)
Theme Lyrics
The I Love America Concert (1991)
Theme Lyrics
Jacksonville Jazz X (1990)
Theme Lyrics
Julie Andrews in Concert (1990)
Theme Lyrics
Flicka and Friends: From Rossini to "Show Boat" (1990)
Theme Lyrics
The Show Boat Story (1989)
Lyrics
The Truth About Teachers (1989)
Theme Lyrics
The New Moon: New City Opera at Wolf Trap (1989)
Theme Lyrics
Show Boat (1989)
Theme Lyrics
Maureen McGovern on Stage at Wolf Trap (1988)
Lyrics ("All The Things You Are")
A Grand Night: The Performing Arts Salute Public Television (1988)
Theme Lyrics
Bob Hope's Tropical Comedy Special From Tahiti (1987)
Song
Cinderella (1957)
Lyrics

Special Thanks (Special)

Show Boat (1989)
Book As Source Material

Misc. Crew (Special)

Catch-22 (1996)
Other
The New Moon: New City Opera at Wolf Trap (1989)
Other

Cast (Short)

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

Writer (Short)

The Red Shadow (1932)
Play As Source Material

Music (Short)

The Flame Song (1934)
Music Lyrics

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Unconditional Love (2002)
Song

Life Events

1953

Film actor "Main Street to Broadway"

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.
High, Wide And Handsome (1937) - You Think It's Daffy? Hunky Pennsylvania farmer and aspiring “rock oil” driller Peter (Randolph Scott) and crew (Ben Blue, Stanley Andrews, with Charles Bickford and Billy Bletcher the dimwit neighbors), can’t help noticing Sally (Irene Dunne), a guest with her father after their medicine show wagon burned, is kind of a babe, in Paramount’s High, Wide And Handsome, 1937.
High, Wide And Handsome (1937) - She's Been Kissed Before At the town dance in Titusville, PA, 1859, infatuated Peter (Randolph Scott) with visiting medicine-show performer Sally (Irene Dunne) as his Grandma (Elizabeth Patterson) jousts with stuffy Stark (Irving Pichel) and a scuff-up with Scanlon (Charles Bickford) ensues, in High, Wide And Handsome, 1937.
High, Wide And Handsome (1937) - The Morning's Half Over Arising on the Titusville, PA farm where she and her father (Raymond Walburn, with sidekick William Frawley) have been received as guests the day after their medicine-show wagon burned, Irene Dunne as Sally has a mixed exchange with hostess Grandma (Elizabeth Patterson), in Paramount’s High, Wide And Handsome, 1937, also starring Randolph Scott.
Sweet Adeline (1934) - We Were So Young For the second of two songs from the 1929 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II operetta, with an elaborate shot from director Mervyn LeRoy and cameraman Sol Polito, we find the title character (Irene Dunne) testing out a new tune by her beau Sid (Donald Woods), cueing a tiff, in Warner Bros.’ Sweet Adeline, 1934.
Sweet Adeline (1934) - Here Am I In a Hoboken, NJ German-style beer garden ca. 1898, Irene Dunne (title character and daughter of the owner) aims to impress the U.S. Army recruiter and (Spanish-American War) hero Major Day (Louis Calhern), with a song from the original 1929 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II operetta, in Warner Bros.’ Sweet Adeline, 1934.
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.
New Moon (1940) - Stranger In Paris Opening scene on board a packet from Revolution-era France, introducing Jeanette MacDonald as Marianne (Mary Boland her associate), the ship’s captain (George Irving) requesting a song, with new lyrics from Sigmund Romberg’s 1928 operetta, in New Moon, 1940, MacDonald’s MGM reunion with Nelson Eddy.

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Family

Arthur Hammerstein
Uncle
Producer.
Reginald Hammerstein
Brother
William Hammerstein
Son
Stage director, producer. Born c. 1919; mother, Myra Finn; died on March 9, 2001 from complications from a stroke.
James B Hammerstein
Son
Stage director. Mother, Dorothy Hammerstein; died on January 7, 1999 at age 67.

Companions

Myra Finn
Wife
First wife; married on August 21, 1917; divorced in 1929.
Dorothy Blanchard Jacobson
Wife
Actor. Married on May 16, 1929.

Bibliography

"Overture and Finale: Rodgers & Hammerstein and the Creation of Their Two Greatest Hits"
Max Wilk (1999)
"Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein: A Complete Song Catalogue"
Steven Suskin, McFarland (1990)