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The Grinch – You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch (Jazzy solo piano arr.) by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague
Albert Hague (born Albert Marcuse , October 13, 1920 – November 12, 2001) was a songwriter , composer , and actor . German-American.
Hague was born into a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany . His father, Harry Marcuse, was a psychiatrist and musical prodigy, and his mother, Mimi (born Heller), a chess champion.
His family considered his Jewish heritage a liability, and he raised him Lutheran (although he would later embrace his Jewish heritage after coming to the United States). Shortly before he was admitted to the Hitler Youth , he and his mother fled to Rome.
Hague came to the United States in 1939 after his sister, who lived in Ohio, arranged for him a music scholarship to the University of Cincinnati .
However, since he did not have legal immigration status to be in the country, he was adopted by an eye surgeon associated with the university. After graduating in 1942, he served in the United States Army’s Special Service Band during World War II.
The ‘s Broadway musicals Hague include Plain and Fancy (1955), Redhead (1959), Cafe Crown (1964), and The Fig Leaves Are Falling (1969, with words by Allan Sherman ).
Famous songs he wrote include ” Young and Foolish “, “Look Who’s in Love”, and “Did I Ever Really Live?” He was the composer of the television musical cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas and some songs from the musical version 2000 .
He was also an actor, most notably on the television series Fame , where he played Benjamin Shorofsky, the music teacher. It was a part that originated from the movie of the same name .
Hague also played a small role in the film Space Jam (1996), as the psychiatrist professional basketball players go to when they lose their “ability”.
Hague and his wife Renee occasionally presented a cabaret act, first as “Hague and Hague: His Hits and His Mrs.” and later, in 1998, under the title “Still Young and Dumb”.
They played Carnegie Hall, Cinegrill in Los Angeles, and Eighty Eight’s in Manhattan.
Hague was a member of The Lambs, where he often taught musical theater to the members.
Personal life and death
His wife, Renee Orin, an actress and singer, with whom he used to collaborate, died at age 73 in August 2000 from lymphoma .
They had been married since 1951. They had two children. Albert Hague died at the age of 81 from cancer in a hospital in Marina del Rey, California, in November 2001.
|1983||Nightmares||Mel Keefer||(segment “La noche de la rat”)|
|1996||Playing Dangerous 2||Profesor Agranoff|
|1999||the story of us||dr sealer||(final role of the film)|
DR. SEUSS (1904-1991)
The writer and cartoonist Dr. Seuss (pseudonym of Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born on March 2, 1904, in the American town of Springfield, Massachusetts.
In Springfield, his father was in charge of supervising the Forest Park park-zoo, a scenario that surely inspired the future Dr. Seuss in the creation of several of his characters.
Geisel studied at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and later attended Lincoln College in Oxford, England for several years.
In these university times, he began to divulge his first texts and drawings.
In 1927, he married Helen Palmer (born 1898), an actress and writer who committed suicide in 1967.
Ten years after his marriage to Helen, Dr. Seuss published his first children’s book, And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937).
Previously, he had published his first texts in prestigious magazines such as “Vanity Fair” or “Life”.
A specialist in children’s books (Seuss curiously never had children), his stories were generally written in poetry and sometimes consciously using a limited number of words.
They all stand out for their imaginative plots and characters.
Apart from these children’s stories, Geisel was an important cartoonist who shone as much as an illustrator, as an advertising creator or as a political cartoonist.
He also worked as a screenwriter, writing together with his wife Helen the Oscar-winning documentary directed by Richard Fleischer “Design for Death” (1947).
His most popular literary works, several of them made into films and many on television, were published in the 1950s and 1960s, decades in which he published “Horton Listens to Who” (1954), “The Cat in the Hat” (1957) , a book also known as “The Hatted Cat”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1957), “Green Eggs with Ham” (1960) or “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” (1960).
Theodor Seuss Geisel died of cancer on September 24, 1991.
He left his second wife, Audrey Stone (born 1921), a widow, whom he married in 1968 and with whom he resided in La Jolla, California. He was 87 years old and he was cremated.
About “The Grinch” Films:
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (1966)
Among the various television adaptations of ‘The Grinch’ by Dr. Seuss, this animated one with the main voice of Boris Karloff stands out.
The Grinch hates one thing above all: Christmas and the happiness of people at that time. His goal will be to steal Christmas and spoil the staff’s holidays.
THE GRINCH (2000) by Ron Howard.
Jim Carrey brought the Grinch to life in this mediocre adaptation directed by Ron Howard.
The isolated green being will try to steal Christmas from his neighbors.
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel, a biography, by Judith Morgan.
This captivating biography of the bestselling children’s author in history reveals at last the man who had a unique influence on four generations of Americans who championed children’s rights before that phrase was familiar, and who revolutionized the way children learn to read.
The very name Dr. Seuss inevitably provokes a smile and some recollection of a beloved character – Horton, perhaps, or Thidwick or the Cat in the Hat. Yet during his lifetime, their creator was an enigma.
In his years at Dartmouth, Oxford, New York, and Hollywood, mingling with the famous and notorious, he remained reclusive and plagued by self-doubts, but never lost his love of childish playfulness.
Was Ted Geisel really a genius, as his publisher Bennett Cerf believed, or, as he himself always insisted, just lucky? In forty-seven books of nonsensical charm, from And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937 to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
In 1990, his recurring theme was that children had an inalienable right to mischief, love, and hope. But many librarians and teachers considered him a subversive influence when his revolutionary Cat in the Hat signaled the demise of dreary Dick-and-Jane primers. Ted Geisel was a dreamer who saw the world “through the wrong end of a telescope.”
In his eighty-seven years, he met seven U.S. presidents, but was prouder of the fact that he had seen Halley’s Comet twice. An obsessively private man, he rarely revealed anything of his personal and professional agonies – or of the bawdy Seussian verses he wrote for friends.
Judith and Neil Morgan knew Ted Geisel in the latter half of his life, and here they merge their firsthand insights with scholarly research, drawing material from hundreds of letters and interviews, as well as from their subject’s notes for an unpublished autobiography. They had full access to Geisel’s voluminous papers, illuminating his relationship with both of his wives and providing instructive glimpses of his creative processes.
The result is a frank and felicitous biography as unique as its subject.
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