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Carolyn Leigh


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August 21, 1926 (

November 19, 1983, New York City, New York, United States

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New York University, Queens College, City University of New York, Hunter College High School

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical

Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Tony Award for Best Original Score

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Carolyn Leigh (August 21, 1926 – November 19, 1983) was an American lyricist for Broadway, film, and popular songs. She is best known as the writer with partner Cy Coleman of the pop standards "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come". With Johnny Richards she wrote the million-seller "Young at Heart" for the film of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra.


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Leigh was born to a Jewish family in the Bronx, New York, graduated from Hunter College High School, Queens College and New York University, and worked as a copy writer for radio stations and advertising agencies. Always writing stories and poems, in 1951, when urged to write songs by a musical publisher who gave her a contract, she wrote I'm Waiting Just for You with Henry Glover, and two years later, Young at Heart. Her lyrics for Broadway shows include Peter Pan, Wildcat, Little Me, and How Now, Dow Jones. The last was derived from an original idea of Leigh's, though Max Shulman wrote the script. She provided lyrics for the scores to the films The Cardinal in 1963 and Father Goose in 1964. In 1969 she wrote the lyrics for the musical "Gatsby" with the score by Lee Pockriss and the book by Hugh Wheeler. She also wrote the lyrics for two other unproduced musicals, two other unproduced shows, Caesar’s Wife, again with music by Pockriss, about Julius Caesar’s third wife, Calpurnia, and Juliet, based on the Fellini movie Juliet of the Spirits, with music by Morton Gould. At the time of her death, she was working with Marvin Hamlisch on the musical, Smile. Leigh died on November 19, 1983, of a heart attack. She was divorced from David Cunningham, Jr. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.

Tony Award nominations

  • Little Me (1963) - Tony Award for Best Original Score
  • How Now, Dow Jones (1968) - Tony Award for Best Original Score
  • References

    Carolyn Leigh Wikipedia

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