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Saul Chaplin (February 19, 1912 – November 15, 1997) was an American composer and musical director. He was born Saul Kaplan in Brooklyn, New York. He had worked on stage, screen and television since the days of Tin Pan Alley. In film, he won three Oscars for collaborating on the scores and orchestrations of An American in Paris (1951), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
(1954) and West Side Story
West Side Story
(1961).

Contents

1 Biography 2 Marriages 3 Death 4 Selected filmography 5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Following education at New York University's School of Commerce, where he studied accounting, Chaplin joined the ASCAP
ASCAP
and started out penning tunes for the theatre, vaudeville and for New York's famous songwriting district, Tin Pan Alley. While in New York, Chaplin teamed with Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn
to compose original songs for Vitaphone
Vitaphone
movie shorts, filmed in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
by Warner Brothers. During this period the team was sometimes billed only by surname ("Cahn and Chaplin"), in the manner of Rodgers and Hart
Rodgers and Hart
or Gilbert and Sullivan. Cahn and Chaplin relocated to Hollywood and scored two films for Universal Pictures. Chaplin then moved to Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
to score Cover Girl and The Jolson Story. While on the latter film, Chaplin and Al Jolson
Al Jolson
penned the million-selling hit tune The Anniversary Song. In the late 1940s, Chaplin moved to MGM
MGM
to work on a long string of films including On the Town (1949), Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate
(1953), High Society (1956) and Merry Andrew (1958). For collaborating on such hits as Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen and Please Be Kind, Chaplin was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
in 1985. He won Academy Awards
Academy Awards
for his work on the scores of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, An American in Paris and West Side Story
West Side Story
as well as nominations for Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate
and High Society. While continuing as a film music supervisor, Chaplin became an associate producer in the early '60s and worked on such major features as Can-Can
Can-Can
(1960), West Side Story
West Side Story
(1961), I Could Go On Singing (1963), The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
(1965), STAR! (1968), Man of La Mancha (1972) and That's Entertainment, Part 2
That's Entertainment, Part 2
(1976). He published his autobiography, The Golden Age of Movie Musicals and Me in 1994. He had worked with and was friends with most of the major songwriters and performers of his era, such as Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Al Jolson, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers, Julie Andrews, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
and others. His memoir focused on the behind the scenes aspect of moviemaking.[citation needed] Marriages[edit] Chaplin married Ethel Schwartz, had one child, a daughter Judith (who married Harold Prince); the couple divorced in 1950. In 1968, Chaplin married, secondly, to Betty Levin, who worked as script supervisor on The Sound of Music. Death[edit] In late 1997, the 85-year-old Chaplin suffered a bad fall and on November 15 died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
as a result of his injuries.[1] Selected filmography[edit]

as Composer:

Argentine Nights (1940) Rookies on Parade
Rookies on Parade
(1941) Go West, Young Lady
Go West, Young Lady
(1941) Time Out for Rhythm
Time Out for Rhythm
(1941) Sing for Your Supper (1941) Blondie Goes to College
Blondie Goes to College
(1942) Blondie's Blessed Event (1942) Honolulu Lu
Honolulu Lu
(1942) Redhead from Manhattan
Redhead from Manhattan
(1943) Crazy House (1943) Cowboy Canteen (1944) Ever Since Venus
Ever Since Venus
(1944) Kansas City Kitty (1944) She's a Sweetheart (1944) Louisiana Hayride (1944) Meet Me on Broadway (1946) Two Blondes and a Redhead (1947) The Jolson Story
The Jolson Story
(1947) The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948) Everything I Have Is Yours (1952)

as Arranger:

On the Town (1949) Summer Stock
Summer Stock
(1950) An American in Paris
An American in Paris
(1951) Lovely to Look At
Lovely to Look At
(1952) Give a Girl a Break
Give a Girl a Break
(1953) Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate
(1953) Jupiter's Darling
Jupiter's Darling
(1953) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
(1954) Interrupted Melody
Interrupted Melody
(1955) High Society (1956)

as Associate Producer:

Les Girls
Les Girls
(1957) Merry Andrew (1958) Can-Can
Can-Can
(1960) West Side Story
West Side Story
(1961) I Could Go On Singing (1963) The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
(1965) Star! (1968) Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha
(1972) That's Entertainment, Part 2
That's Entertainment, Part 2
(1976)

References[edit]

^ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-saul-chaplin-1295119.html

External links[edit]

Biography portal

Saul Chaplin on IMDb Saul Chaplin at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
page on Saul Chaplin Saul Chaplin at Find a Grave

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Academy Award for Best Original Score

1930s

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)

1940s

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)

1950s

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)

1960s

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)

1970s

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
(1979)

1980s

Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis
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
(1989)

1990s

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)

2000s

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
(2009)

2010s

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
(2017)

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