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Leonard Gershe
American writer

Leonard Gershe

Leonard Gershe
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Intro American writer
Was Screenwriter Writer Lyricist Songwriter
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature Music
Gender male
Birth 10 June 1922, New York City
Death 9 March 2002, Beverly Hills (aged 79 years)
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Leonard Gershe (June 10, 1922 - March 9, 2002) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist.
Born in New York City, Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome's musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies are Free. Later Gershe wrote another play, Snacks, intended for Tony Danza.
He wrote the lyrics for the "Born in a Trunk" sequence from the Judy Garland/James Mason musical A Star Is Born. In the 1950s, Gershe wrote ten scripts for the Ann Sothern sitcom Private Secretary. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Lucy Show. His screen credits include Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Butterflies Are Free.
Gershe died in Beverly Hills, California from complications from a stroke.


  • 1958 Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, Written Directly for the Screen (Funny Face)
  • 1958 Writers Guild of America Award for Best American Musical (Funny Face)
  • 1973 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Butterflies Are Free)
  • 1974 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (40 Carats)

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