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Dorothy Fields
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    (July 15, 1905-March 28, 1974)
    Born in Allenhurst, New Jersey
    Daughter of vaudeville comedian turned producer Lew Fields
    With Jerome Kern wrote songs for the films 'Roberta' (1935) and 'Swing Time' (1936)
    With Arthur Schwartz wrote songs for the Broadway musicals 'Stars in Your Eyes' (1939) and 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' (1951)
    With brother Herbert Fields wrote the books for the Broadway musicals 'Let's Face It' (1941), 'Something for the Boys' (1943), 'Mexican Hayride' (1944) and 'Annie Get Your Gun' (1946)
    With Albert Hague wrote songs for the Broadway musical 'Redhead' (1953)
    With Cy Coleman wrote songs for the Broadway musicals 'Sweet Charity' (1966) and 'Seesaw' (1973)
    Songs included 'Big Spender,' 'A Fine Romance,' 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby,' 'I Won't Dance,' 'I'm in the Mood for Love,' 'If My Friends Could See Me Now,' 'Lovely to Look At,' 'On the Sunny Side of the Street,' 'Pick Yourself Up' and 'The Way You Look Tonight'
    Asked how to become a songwriter, she replied, 'I suppose a good method is to arrange to be born into a theatrical family.'
    She took her parents to the Cotton Club to see her first songs being performed and was mortified when the singer improvised bawdy lyrics to replace her original ones.
    She was nervous about speaking and singing in public.
    She said about writing songs, 'It's hard slave labor. Ask anyone who writes.'
    She won an Oscar for Best Song for 'The Way You Look Tonight' (1936) and a Tony for Best Musical for 'Redhead' (1959).
    She was the first woman inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1971).
    Barack Obama alluded to her song 'Pick Yourself Up' in his first inaugural address (2009).
    Betty Comden said, 'The wonderful thing about the way Dorothy wrote is that her lyrics were inventive without being tricky.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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