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Alan Jay Lerner

  • American dramatist
  • Born August 31, 1918
  • Died June 14, 1986

Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatre both for the stage and on film. He won three Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, among other honors.


Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism.




Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent. They might be saying the same thing here but it sounds better in French.




Men die but an idea does not.




A schedule so tight that it would only work if I didn't sleep on Monday nights.




With a little bit of luck, you'll never work!




You write a hit the same way you write a flop.




An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him.




It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.




Why can't a woman be more like a man?



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