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Paul Francis Webster
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    (December 20, 1907-March 18, 1984)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Won Oscars for Best Song for ‘Secret Love’ (1953), ‘Love Is a Many Splendored Thing’ (1955) and ‘The Shadow of Your Smile’ (1965)
    Also co-wrote the songs ‘April Love,’ ‘Black Coffee,’ ‘Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief,’ ‘Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love),’ I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),’ ‘Somewhere My Love,’ ‘Tender Is the Night’ and ‘The Twelfth of Never’
    Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1972)
    He attended both Cornell and New York University without graduating from either one.
    He was a former Arthur Murray dance instructor.
    He wrote a song with the odd title ‘Virgins Wrapped in Cellophane.’
    He was nominated for the Oscar for Best Song 16 times -- the third most, behind Sammy Cahn (23 nominations) and Johnny Mercer (18).
    He collaborated with Duke Ellington to write ‘Jump for Joy,’ an all-black musical featuring Ivie Anderson and Dorothy Dandridge (1941).
    He co-wrote the theme song for the ‘Spider-Man’ cartoon, giving the world the immortal lines, ‘Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can.’

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