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Herbert Stothart

Herbert Stothart
Born (1885-09-11)September 11, 1885
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died February 1, 1949(1949-02-01) (aged 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Spouse(s) Mary Wolfe
Children Carol, Herbert, Constance

Herbert Stothart (September 11, 1885 – February 1, 1949) was a songwriter, arranger, conductor, and composer. He was also nominated for nine Oscars, winning Best Original Score for The Wizard of Oz.

Life and career

Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied music in Europe and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he later taught.

Stothart was first hired by producer Franz Lehár. In 1929, Stothart was signed to a large Hollywood contract by MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer.

The last twenty years of his life were spent at MGM Studios, where he was under contract as a composer. Among the many films that he worked on was the famous 1936 version of Rose-Marie, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. He won an Oscar for his musical score for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.


He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California at the age of 63.


Herbert Stothart is credited as the composer of:

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