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Fields, Dorothy

The brother and sister team of Herbert and Dorothy Fields was part of a vibrant New York theatrical family that also included their brother, Joseph, a prolific librettist and playwright, and their father, Lew, the famous producer, actor, and director. Together, Herbert and Dorothy Fields wrote the books for eight Broadway musicals including three with scores by Cole Porter — SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS starring Ethel Merman, LET'S FACE IT! starring Danny Kaye, and MEXICAN HAYRIDE — BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA with music by Arthur Schwartz; UP IN CENTRAL PARK with music by Sigmund Romberg; ARMS AND THE GIRL with music by Morton Gould; REDHEAD with music by Albert Hague; and the classic ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with a score by Irving Berlin.

Prior to collaborating with his sister, Herbert Fields (1897-1958) wrote the books for musical comedies featuring scores by some of the greatest talents of his day. He wrote seven musicals with Rodgers & Hart, including DEAREST ENEMY, PEGGY-ANN and A CONNECTICUT YANKEE, and seven with Cole Porter, including FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN, DUBARRY WAS A LADY, and PANAMA HATTIE as well as the three cited above. Among his other collaborators were Vincent Youmans (HIT THE DECK), George and Ira Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and Arthur Schwartz.

In a career spanning more than 45 years, Dorothy Fields (1904-1974) wrote the lyrics to such standards as "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," (a timeless classic featured in the film A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN), the Academy Award winning "The Way You Look Tonight" with music by Jerome Kern, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street," "Exactly Like You," "Don't Blame Me," "I'm In The Mood For Love," "I Won't Dance," "A Fine Romance," "I Feel A Song Coming On," "Lovely To Look At," "I'll Buy You A Star," "Pick Yourself Up," "Remind Me," "Big Spender," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Where Am I Going?," "There's Got To Be Something Better Than This," "It's Not Where You Start," "Nobody Does It Like Me," and "Seesaw". In addition to Kern, her great collaborating composers included Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman, Morton Gould, Albert Hague, Burton Lane, Oscar Levant, Jimmy McHugh, Arthur Schwartz (with whom she wrote the score for A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN), Sigmund Romberg and Harry Warren. Her final Broadway scores, written with Coleman, were SWEET CHARITY and SEESAW. In March 1971 Dorothy Fields became an inaugural inductee of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

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The birthday of Dorothy Fields, one of the first popular female songwriters to rise to prominence in America. In addition to her many collaborations with Jerome Kern, Cy Coleman, and brother Herbert Fields, she co-authored the book for Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.