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Herbert Stothart (September 11, 1885 – February 1, 1949) was a song writer, arranger, conductor, and composer. He was also nominated for nine Oscars, winning for his background music for The Wizard of Oz.

Biography

Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker. He studied music in Europe and at the University of Wisconsin–Madisonmarker, where he later taught.

Stothart was first hired by producer Arthur Hammerstein to be a musical director for touring companies of Broadwaymarker shows, and was soon writing music for the producer's nephew Oscar Hammerstein II. He composed some of the music in the famous operetta, Rose Marie. Stothart soon joined with many famous playwrights including Vincent Youmans, George Gershwin and Franz Lehár. In 1929, Stothart was signed to a large Hollywood contract by another would-be playwright of the day, Louis B. Mayer.

The last twenty years of his life were spent at MGM Studios, where he was under contract as a composer. One of the films that he worked on was the famous 1936 version of Rose Marie, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.

He died in Los Angeles, Californiamarker at the age of 63. His interment was located in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Parkmarker.

Works

Herbert Stothart is credited as the composer of:



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