The Info List - Lionel Newman

Lionel Newman (January 4, 1916 – February 3, 1989) was an American conductor, pianist, and film and television composer. He was the brother of Alfred Newman and Emil Newman, uncle of composers Randy Newman, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Maria Newman, and grandfather of Joey Newman.


1 Biography

1.1 Early life 1.2 Career at 20th Century Fox 1.3 Awards and nominations 1.4 Work with other composers 1.5 Personal life 1.6 Later life

2 Filmography 3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] Early life[edit] Born in New Haven, Connecticut,[1] Newman was one of ten children, the youngest of seven boys, born to Russian immigrant Jewish
parents. While the family had little money, the children's mother, Luba, was a strong woman who encouraged them to achieve. Newman migrated to Hollywood where, at the age of 16, he began conducting for impresario Earl Carroll. This was where he met his future wife, Beverly Carroll, an Earl Carroll Vanities showgirl, and niece of the impresario. Newman had formal training in New York, and after moving to Los Angeles, he continued his studies with Joseph Achron
Joseph Achron
and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. In the 1930s, Newman earned his stripes conducting national tours and working as the piano accompanist for Mae West. She used to scold him for holding his hands too high in the pit saying, "I'm the show, Newman, not you." At the age of 18, he obtained a job playing piano on the Holland America ocean liner, the S.S.Rotterdam, with his "Newman's Society Orchestra". This trip had great significance for him, as he had always wanted to make another such trip to find his mother's home. Career at 20th Century Fox[edit] After serving an apprenticeship conducting and orchestrating live shows, Newman joined 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
as a rehearsal pianist under the guidance of his brother, Alfred Newman, and by 1959, he had been promoted to Musical Director for Television there. This opened the doors to feature films. He was soon made vice president in charge of music for both television and features. This soon resulted in a promotion to senior vice president of all music for Twentieth Century Fox Films. He wrote several classic TV themes for Fox, including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Adventures in Paradise, and Daniel Boone. Lionel Newman's tenure with Twentieth Century Fox spanned 46 years with over 200 films to his credit, including How to Marry a Millionaire, North To Alaska, The Proud Ones, Road House, and Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley's first picture). He was musical director for all of Marilyn Monroe's films at Fox, in accordance with her request, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There's No Business Like Show Business, River of No Return, and Let's Make Love, with the exception of Bus Stop which was directed and conducted by his brother, Alfred Newman and There's No Business Like Show Business which was co-directed and co-conducted by Alfred Newman. In November 2013, the Twentieth Century Fox Music Department was dedicated as “The Lionel Newman Music Building,” and a bronze plaque of Lionel, listing his composition and conducting credits was unveiled. Speaking to guests about Lionel's impact on film and television music, who he was as a friend, mentor and boss, and who he was as a family man were Steven Spielberg, John Williams, Lionel’s nephew, composer Randy Newman, and his grandson, Joey Newman. The dedication was attended by several hundred people, including his family beyond Randy and Joey. Awards and nominations[edit] He received eleven Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations, and won an Oscar for Hello Dolly! with Lennie Hayton in 1969. He conducted the scores for Cleopatra, The Sand Pebbles, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Long Hot Summer, The Young Lions, Alien, and The Omen. He was the musical supervisor for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Monsignor, and The Fury. Although he did not consider himself a songwriter, he received a certificate of merit from Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) for over one million network performances of his 1948 hit, "Again", a pop standard that lived on long after its introduction in the film Road House. Work with other composers[edit] Newman's wit and humor were famous around the film capital. Frank Sinatra, in his biography, called Newman one of the funniest men in Hollywood. Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Goldsmith
recalls in his biography how Newman used to call him "Gorgeous". Goldsmith also recounts that Newman nicknamed John Williams
John Williams
"Little Dimitri", after Dimitri Tiomkin. Newman absolutely loved the film industry. In the world of film music, he worked very hard and rose to become one of its giants. He was a perfectionist, always making "just one more take" if some little detail could be improved. He wanted the Twentieth Century Fox Orchestra to reach the level of a great symphony orchestra, and it did, especially when he conducted. He was instrumental in the careers of John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Dominic Frontiere, Pat Williams, and many more. Personal life[edit] Newman was married to Beverly Carroll, who died October 21, 2010, and with whom he had three daughters. Carroll Newman, Producer, is married to Emmy Award Winning Actor and Writer Gary Frank and they have one daughter Jessica Marli Frank, who is a Producer at Tumblr; Deborah Newman Sharpe, VP, Sharpe and Associates, is married to Robert Sharpe, Owner, Sharpe and Associates located in Tucson, AZ. They have three children; Sarah Newman (Independent Casting Director), Jennifer Newman Sharpe, Esq. (Law Offices of Jennifer Newman Sharpe NYC), Jeremy Sharpe, Community Liaison Rancho Sahuarita, AZ; and Jenifer Newman, a former professional ballet dancer and current Core Fusion teacher/National Trainer with Exhale Spa. She has one son, Joey Newman, a film and television composer/conductor married to Jerelyn Newman, Founder and Artistic Director of Westside Children's Theatre. They have three daughters, Ella, Ava and Leah. Later life[edit] During the last few years of his tenure at Fox, Newman conducted major symphony orchestras in the United States, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. Newman retired in 1985 and died on February 3, 1989 from cardiac arrest.[1] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes

1943 He Hired the Boss Thomas Z. Loring 20th Century Fox uncredited

1950 The Jackpot Walter Lang 20th Century Fox N/A

1953 The Silver Whip Harmon Jones 20th Century Fox uncredited

Powder River Louis King 20th Century Fox N/A

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Howard Hawks 20th Century Fox uncredited

1954 Siege at Red River Rudolph Maté 20th Century Fox N/A

Princess of the Nile Harmon Jones 20th Century Fox uncredited

The Gambler from Natchez Henry Levin 20th Century Fox N/A

There's No Business Like Show Business Walter Lang 20th Century Fox uncredited

1956 The Killer Is Loose Budd Boetticher United Artists N/A

The Proud Ones Robert D. Webb 20th Century Fox N/A

A Kiss Before Dying Gerd Oswald United Artists N/A

The Last Wagon Delmer Daves 20th Century Fox N/A

Love Me Tender Robert D. Webb 20th Century Fox N/A

The Girl Can't Help It Frank Tashlin 20th Century Fox uncredited

1957 The Way to the Gold Robert D. Webb 20th Century Fox N/A

Bernardine Henry Levin 20th Century Fox N/A

Kiss Them for Me Stanley Donen 20th Century Fox N/A

1958 Sing, Boy, Sing Henry Ephron 20th Century Fox N/A

The Bravados Henry King 20th Century Fox N/A

Mardi Gras Edmund Goulding 20th Century Fox uncredited

1959 Compulsion Richard Fleischer 20th Century Fox N/A

Say One for Me Frank Tashlin 20th Century Fox uncredited

1960 Let's Make Love George Cukor 20th Century Fox N/A

North to Alaska Henry Hathaway 20th Century Fox N/A

1963 Move Over, Darling Michael Gordon 20th Century Fox N/A

1964 The Pleasure Seekers Jean Negulesco 20th Century Fox N/A

1965 Do Not Disturb Ralph Levy George Marshall 20th Century Fox N/A

1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Roger Corman 20th Century Fox uncredited

1968 The Boston Strangler Richard Fleischer 20th Century Fox N/A

1969 Desperate Mission Earl Bellamy 20th Century Fox N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film Other notes

1939 Academy Award Nominated Best Music, Original Song The Cowboy and the Lady Shared with Arthur Quenzer; for the song "The Cowboy and the Lady"

1951 Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture I'll Get By


1952 Nominated Best Music, Original Song Golden Girl Shared with Eliot Daniel; for the song "Never"

1955 Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture There's No Business Like Show Business Shared with Alfred Newman

1957 Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture The Best Things in Life Are Free


1959 Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Mardi Gras


1960 Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Say One for Me


1961 Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Let's Make Love Shared with Earle Hagen

1966 Nominated Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment The Pleasure Seekers Shared with Alexander Courage

1968 Nominated Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment Doctor Dolittle Shared with Alexander Courage

1969 Won Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) Hello, Dolly! Shared with Lennie Hayton

1958 Laurel Awards Nominated Top Music Director April Love Place 4th


^ a b " Lionel Newman Biography (1916-1989)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 

External links[edit]

Biography portal

Lionel Newman on IMDb Lionel Newman at AllMovie

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Score


Louis Silvers
Louis Silvers
(1934) Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(1935) Leo F. Forbstein
Leo F. Forbstein
(1936) Charles Previn
Charles Previn
(1937) Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Alfred Newman (1938) Herbert Stothart/Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken (1939)


Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940) Bernard Herrmann/ Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (1941) Max Steiner/ Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld (1942) Alfred Newman/ Ray Heindorf (1943) Max Steiner/ Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon
Carmen Dragon
(1944) Miklós Rózsa/ Georgie Stoll (1945) Hugo Friedhofer/ Morris Stoloff (1946) Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947) Brian Easdale/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Roger Edens (1948) Aaron Copland/ Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton (1949)


Franz Waxman/ Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens (1950) Franz Waxman/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Saul Chaplin (1951) Dimitri Tiomkin/Alfred Newman (1952) Bronisław Kaper/Alfred Newman (1953) Dimitri Tiomkin/ Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin (1954) Alfred Newman/Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton and Adolph Deutsch (1955) Victor Young/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1956) Malcolm Arnold (1957) Dimitri Tiomkin/Andre Previn (1958) Miklós Rózsa/Andre Previn and Ken Darby (1959)


Ernest Gold/ Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman (1960) Henry Mancini/Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (1961) Maurice Jarre/ Ray Heindorf (1962) John Addison/Andre Previn (1963) Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964) Maurice Jarre/ Irwin Kostal (1965) John Barry/ Ken Thorne (1966) Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1967) John Barry/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
(1968) Burt Bacharach/ Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman (1969)


Francis Lai/ The Beatles
The Beatles
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) (1970) Michel Legrand/ John Williams
John Williams
(1971) Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(1972) Marvin Hamlisch/ Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1973) Nino Rota
Nino Rota
and Carmine Coppola/ Nelson Riddle
Nelson Riddle
(1974) John Williams/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1975) Jerry Goldsmith/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1976) John Williams/ Jonathan Tunick (1977) Giorgio Moroder/ Joe Renzetti (1978) Georges Delerue/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns


Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis
(1981) John Williams/ Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
and Leslie Bricusse (1982) Bill Conti/Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1983) Maurice Jarre/Prince (1984) John Barry (1985) Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(1986) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne
David Byrne
and Cong Su (1987) Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
(1988) Alan Menken
Alan Menken


John Barry (1990) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1991) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) John Williams
John Williams
(1993) Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(1994) Luis Enríquez Bacalov/ Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Stephen Schwartz (1995) Gabriel Yared/ Rachel Portman (1996) James Horner/ Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley
(1997) Nicola Piovani/ Stephen Warbeck (1998) John Corigliano (1999)


Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2001) Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
(2002) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2003) Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
(2004) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2006) Dario Marianelli (2007) A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
(2008) Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino


Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross
(2010) Ludovic Bource
Ludovic Bource
(2011) Mychael Danna (2012) Steven Price (2013) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2014) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2015) Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz
(2016) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat

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