Alfred Newman

Alfred Newman

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Alfred Newman
Music: East side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Composer
Born March 17, 1900 in New Haven, CT
Died Feb. 17, 1970 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

Alfred Newman originally came to Hollywood for only three months but stayed to win nine Academy Awards.

During a 40-year career, he wrote more than 300 motion-picture scores and adapted many big Broadway musicals to the screen.

He won his first Academy Award in 1938 — best musical score, for "Alexander's Ragtime Band." He won a similar award in 1940 for "Tin Pan Alley."

He won the award for scoring the 1943 film "Song of Bernadette," followed by subsequent Oscars for "Mother Wore Tights," 1947; "With a Song in My Heart," 1952; "Call Me Madam" in 1953; "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," 1955; "The King and I," 1956; and "Camelot," 1967.

Other films for which he was musical director included "The Captain From Castile," "Carousel," "Flower Drum Song" and "How the West Was Won."

In "The Robe," in 1954, Newman worked for the first time with stereophonic sound. It was a milestone for Newman, who started in Hollywood when sound in films was in its infancy.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1937 Best Score The Hurricane Nomination
    1937 Best Score The Prisoner of Zenda Nomination
    1938 Best Score Alexander's Ragtime Band Win
    1938 Best Original Score The Cowboy and the Lady Nomination
    1938 Best Score The Goldwyn Follies Nomination
    1939 Best Score The Hunchback of Notre Dame Nomination
    1939 Best Original Score The Rains Came Nomination
    1939 Best Score They Shall Have Music Nomination
    1939 Best Original Score Wuthering Heights Nomination
    1940 Best Original Score The Mark of Zorro Nomination
    1940 Best Score Tin Pan Alley Win
    1941 Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture How Green Was My Valley Nomination
    1941 Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture Ball of Fire Nomination
    1942 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture My Gal Sal Nomination
    1942 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture The Black Swan Nomination
    1943 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Coney Island Nomination
    1943 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture The Song of Bernadette Win
    1944 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Irish Eyes Are Smiling Nomination
    1944 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Wilson Nomination
    1945 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture The Keys of the Kingdom Nomination
    1945 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture State Fair Nomination*
    1946 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Centennial Summer Nomination
    1947 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Mother Wore Tights Win
    1947 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Captain From Castile Nomination
    1948 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture The Snake Pit Nomination
    1948 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture When My Baby Smiles at Me Nomination
    1949 Best Song "Through a Long and Sleepless Night" from Come to the Stable Nomination*
    1950 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture All About Eve Nomination
    1951 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture David and Bathsheba Nomination
    1951 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture On the Riviera Nomination
    1952 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture With a Song in My Heart Win
    1953 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Call Me Madam Win
    1954 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture There's No Business Like Show Business Nomination*
    1955 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Daddy Long Legs Nomination
    1955 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Win
    1956 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Anastasia Nomination
    1956 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture The King and I Win*
    1958 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture South Pacific Nomination*
    1959 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture The Diary of Anne Frank Nomination
    1959 Best Song "The Best of Everything" from The Best of Everything Nomination*
    1961 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Flower Drum Song Nomination*
    1963 Best Original Score How the West Was Won Nomination*
    1965 Best Original Score The Greatest Story Ever Told Nomination
    1967 Best Adapted Score Camelot Win*
    1970 Best Original Score Airport Nomination
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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