Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974

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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.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn The Railroad hour, radio program [sound recording], 1948-1954 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf McEvoy, J. P. (Joseph Patrick), 1895-1958. Stars in your eyes; a musical comedy, by J.P. McEvoy ... New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Michael Stewart Papers, 1948-1987 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Lucy Kroll Papers, 1908-1998, (bulk 1950-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1972. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1959-1977. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. Annie get your gun [music] / lyrics and music by Irving Berlin ; book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974. Papers, 1911-1977. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Jo Mielziner papers, 1903-1976 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945. Never gonna dance / music by Jerome Kern ; lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein II, Ira Gershwin, Otto Harbach, Bernard Dougall, Jimmy McHugh, Johnny Mercer, P. G. Wodehouse ; book by Jeffrey Hatcher ; based on the film Swing time [produced by RKO Pictures] ; screenplay by Howard Lindsay and Allan Scott ; [based on the story by Erwin Gelsey], 2003. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Kroll, Lucy. Lucy Kroll papers, 1908-1998 (bulk 1950-1990). Library of Congress
creatorOf Stevens, George, 1904-1975. Swing Time [Multimédia multisupport] / George Stevens, réal. ; Allan Scott, Howard Lindsay, scénario ; Jérôme Kern, Dorothy Fields, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan, chorégraphie ; Nathaliel Shilkret, dir. mus. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Jeffry, Alix, 1929-1993. Photographs, 1952-1974 Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf McHugh, Jimmy, 1894-1969. Step-in / by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields. Library of Congress
creatorOf Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. Annie get your gun. [Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields. California State University, Long Beach
creatorOf Dorothy Fields scripts, 1927-1973 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Museum of the City of New York. Personality files, [ca. 1800]-1986, 1900-1986 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984. A tree grows in Brooklyn : typescript, 2005. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984. Papers, 1930-1961. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Arthur Schwartz Papers, 1900-1983, (bulk 1931-1983) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Romberg, Sigmund, 1887-1951. Sigmund Romberg collection 1918-1950 1920-1940 (bulk). Library of Congress
creatorOf Stevens, George, 1904-1975. Swing time / George Stevens, réal. ; Allan Scott, Howard Lindsay, scénario ; Jérôme Kern, Dorothy Fields, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Helen Broderick... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Smith, Betty, 1896-1972. A tree grows in Brooklyn : a play with music / by Betty Smith and George Abbott ; based on Betty Smith's novel ; music by Arthur Schwartz ; lyrics by Dorothy Fields. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Papers of Eugene O'Neill [manuscript], 1929 April 20 - June 14. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Howard Bay designs and technical drawings, 1934-1985 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Bay, Howard. Howard Bay designs and technical drawings, 1934-1985. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Dorothy Fields papers, 1911-1977 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Josephine Barrington Collection. Annie Get Your Gun / music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, book by Dorothy and Herbert Fields ; musical direction by Arthur Lief, 1952 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Elisabeth Fraser papers, 1920-1999 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf McHugh, Jimmy, 1894-1969. Say how d'ye do-a to Kalua / by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields. Library of Congress
creatorOf Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945. Never gonna dance: typescript, 2001. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Johnny Green papers, 1920-1991. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974. Harlem at its best / by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. Library of Congress
creatorOf Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974. Reminiscences of Dorothy Fields : oral history, 1958. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Philippe Halsman theatrical photographs, 1947-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Stevens, George, 1904-1975. Swing time / George Stevens, réal. ; Allan Scott, Howard Lindsay, scénario ; Jérôme Kern, Dorothy Fields, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Helen Broderick... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984. Coney Island boat : from By the beautiful sea / lyrics by Dorothy Fields ; music by Arthur Schwartz. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Jerome Kern sheet music, 1904-1946. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Coleman, Cy. Yours for a Song Collection of Noncommercial Video Recordings [videorecording] / Lumiere Productions. New York Public Library System, NYPL
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Bay, Howard. person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. person
associatedWith Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875 person
associatedWith Coleman, Cy person
associatedWith Coots, J. Fred person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 person
sibling of Fields, Herbert, 1857-1958 person
sibling of Fields, Herbert, 1897-1958. person
sibling of Fields, Joseph A., 1895-1966. person
childOf Fields, Lew. person
associatedWith Franklin, Joan, person
associatedWith Franklin, Robert, person
associatedWith Fraser, Elisabeth person
associatedWith Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Halsman, Philippe person
associatedWith Hammerstein, Oscar, II, 1895-1960 person
associatedWith Jeffry, Alix person
associatedWith Josephine Barrington Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945 person
associatedWith Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945 person
associatedWith Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945. person
associatedWith Kroll, Lucy. person
associatedWith McEvoy, J. P. (Joseph Patrick), 1895-1958. person
associatedWith McHugh, Jimmy, 1894-1969. person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976 person
associatedWith Museum of the City of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. person
associatedWith Railroad Hour Radio Program corporateBody
associatedWith Romberg, Sigmund, 1887-1951. person
associatedWith Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984. person
associatedWith Smith, Betty, 1896-1972. person
associatedWith Stewart, Michael, 1929-1987 person
correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
associatedWith Zorina, Vera. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Allenhurst NJ US
New York NY US
Subject
Theater
Motion pictures--United States--20th century
Musical theater
Musicals
Popular music
Lyricists--Interviews
Popular music--United States--20th century
Musical theater--United States--20th century
Popular instrumental music--1931-1940
Musical films--United States--20th century
Occupation
Composers
Librettists
Lyricists
Function

Person

Birth 1905-07-15

Death 1974-03-28

Americans

English

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