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Jerry Herman

AKA Gerald Herman

Born: 10-Jul-1931
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Composer, Songwriter

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Hello Dolly!

Military service: US Army

[1] Stephen Citron, Jerry Herman: Poet of the Showtune (2004), pages 31-32: "[Leaving his girlfriend Sally] was the wisest thing I ever did because, had I married her, I would have been in a situation that would have been wrong for me, and I would have ruined her life and mine. This way I was free to go on and live the life I've lived, which has been very exciting and very fulfilling. I have enjoyed being gay. I have enjoyed it so tremendously. I have the same group of friends that I have had for years. I've had a few major romances, and since Sally, I have never lied about my proclivities."

Father: Harry Herman
Mother: Ruth Sachs
Girlfriend: Sally Singer (broken engagement)

    High School: Henry Snyder High School, Jersey City, NJ
Parsons School of Design
    University: BA Drama, University of Miami Florida (1953)

    Tony 1964 for Hello, Dolly! (composer and lyricist)
    Tony 1984 for La Cage aux Folles (original score)
    Tony 2009 (lifetime achievement)
    Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982
    Kennedy Center Honor 2010
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7095 Hollywood Blvd. (live theatre)

    Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (20-Jan-2012) · Himself
    Broadway: The Golden Age (Apr-2003) · Himself

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Author of books:
Showtune: A Memoir (1996)

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