Composer and American singer, of Austrian origin, born in Vienna in 1904 and died in 1988. He had an intense musical preparation, which allowed him, with only thirteen years old, to appear as soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. In 1924 he emigrated to the United States; during the 1930s, he devoted himself to writing songs while playing the piano in restaurants and bars. The style of these first compositions reminded a bit the older operettas, but when she met the lyricist Alan Jay Lerner in 1942 and began working with him, evolved into a more sophisticated style of musical comedy. It was one of the most successful collaborations in the history of musical theater in America, which left compositions as famous as Brigadoon (1947), Paint your wagon (1951), My Fair Lady (1956), which won a Pulitzer Prize, Gigi (1958) and Camelot (1960), many of which were adapted for the cinema.