Alan Jay Lerner


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Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatre for both the stage and on film. He won three Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, among other honors. more »

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  • ''You see what happens today. Women act like men and want to be treated like women.''
    Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986), U.S. songwriter, screenwriter. Adam (Oscar Levant), An American In Paris, to Jerry (Gene Kelly), who's having romantic pr...
  • ''It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.''
    Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986), U.S. composer, lyricist. Adam (Oscar Levant), An American In Paris, describing his looks (1951).
  • ''With a binding like you've got, people are gonna want to know what's in the book.''
    Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986), U.S. songwriter, screenwriter. Jerry (Gene Kelly), An American In Paris, to Lise (Leslie Caron) (1951).
  • ''Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent. They might be saying the same thing here but it sounds better in French.''
    Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986), U.S. composer, lyricist. Jerry (Gene Kelly), An American In Paris (1951).
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