Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974

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Dates:
Birth 1905-07-15
Death 1974-03-28
US

Biographical notes:

Dorothy Fields, lyricist and librettist, was born in Allenhurst, New Jersey, July 15, 1905. She was the daughter of Lew Fields, comedian and producer, and Rose (Harris) Shoenfeld. Her first well known song was "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," which she wrote with James McHugh in 1928. She collaborated extensively with her brother Herbert Fields, who also was a librettist. Their most famous production was "Annie Get Your Gun," produced in 1946. Her other brother Joseph Fields was a dramatic actor, producer, and playwright. She was married in 1938 to Eli Lahm and they had two children, David and Eliza. She also collaborated with: Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Sigmund Romberg, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Fritz Kreisler, Morton Gould, Cy Coleman, Albert Hague, Oscar Levant, Harry Warren, and her son David Fields Lahm. Dorothy Fields is probably best known for having written the lyrics to "Sweet Charity." She was a representative of the Dramatists' Guild on the Council of the Authors' League of America, secretary of the Dramatists' Guild, and one of the few women members of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. She died in 1974 in New York City.

From the guide to the Dorothy Fields papers, 1911-1977, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Lyricist.

From the description of Reminiscences of Dorothy Fields : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122362007

Dorothy Fields, lyricist and librettist, was born in Allenhurst, New Jersey, July 15, 1905. She was the daughter of Lew Fields, comedian and producer, and Rose (Harris) Shoenfeld.

Her first well known song was "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," which she wrote with James McHugh in 1928. She collaborated extensively with her brother Herbert Fields, who also was a librettist. Their most famous production was "Annie Get Your Gun," produced in 1946. Her other brother Joseph Fields was a dramatic actor, producer, and playwright. She was married in 1938 to Eli Lahm and they had two children, David and Eliza. She also collaborated with: Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Sigmund Romberg, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Fritz Kreisler, Morton Gould, Cy Coleman, Albert Hague, Oscar Levants, Harry Warren, and her son David Fields Lahm. Dorothy Fields is probably best known for having written the lyrics to "Sweet Charity." She was a representative of the Dramatists' Guild on the Council of the Authors' League of America, secretary of the Dramatists' Guild, and one of the few women members of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. She died in 1974 in New York City.

From the description of Papers, 1911-1977. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122607613

Dorothy Fields, lyricist and librettist, was born in Allenhurst on New Jersey, July 15, 1905. She was the daughter of Lew Fields, comedian and producer, and Rose (Harris) Shoenfeld. Her first well known song was "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," which she wrote with James NcHugh in 1928. She collaborated extensively with her brother Herbert Fields, who also was a librettist. Their most famous production was "Annie Get Your Gun," produced in 1946.

Her other brother Joseph Fields was a dramatic actor, producer, and playwright. She was married in 1938 to Eli Lahm and they had two children, David and Eliza. She also collaborated with Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Signmund Romberg, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Fritz Kreisler, Norton Gould, Cy Coleman, Albert Hague, Oscar Levant,Harry Warren, and her son David Fields Lahm.

Dorothy Fields is probably best known for having written the lyrics to Sweet Charity. She was a representative of the Dramatists' Guild on the Council of the Author's League of America; secretary of the Dramatists' Guild, and one of the few women members of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. She died in 1974 in New York City.

From the guide to the Dorothy Fields scripts, 1927-1973, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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Subjects:

  • Motion pictures--United States--20th century
  • Popular music
  • Popular music--United States--20th century
  • Musical theater--United States--20th century
  • Musicals
  • Musical theater
  • Popular instrumental music--1931-1940
  • Lyricists--Interviews
  • Theater
  • Musical films--United States--20th century

Occupations:

  • Lyricists
  • Composers
  • Librettists

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  • United States (as recorded)