Alan Jay Lerner, 1918 – 1986

August 31, 1918: Birthdate of Alan Jay Lerner, American librettist and lyricist for stage and screen. Lerner was yet another of a myriad of Jews who created and refined that most original American art form – the Broadway musical. One of his most famous contributions was “My Fair Lady.” He passed away in 1986.  (from “This Day … In Jewish History” by Mitchell Levin)

Lerner and Loewe were the team of Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe (1901-1988), known primarily for the music and lyrics of some of Broadway’s most successful musical shows, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Brigadoon.  (Wikipedia)

In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 33-cent stamp commemorating Lerner and Loewe (Scott No. 3346):

Lerner & Loewe - USA-3346 1999

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