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Oscar Hammerstein II

Born: Jul 12, 1895

Death: Aug 23, 1960

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Oscar Hammerstein II

Date of Birth : Jul 12, 1895
Date of Death : Aug 23, 1960
Birth Place : New York City

Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II was an American librettist, theatrical producer, and theatre director of musicals for almost forty years. Hammerstein won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Many of his songs are standard repertoire for singers and jazz musicians. He co-wrote 850 songs. Hammerstein was the lyricist and playwright in his partnerships; his collaborators wrote the music. Hammerstein collaborated with composers Jerome Kern, Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml, Richard A. Whiting and Sigmund Romberg; but his most famous collaborations, by far, were with Richard Rodgers, and included The Sound of Music.


  • Writer
  • Record producer
  • Songwriter
  • Theatrical producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Playwright
  • Theatre Director
  • Lyricist
  • Librettist
  • Music Director

Also known as

  • Oscar Hammerstein
  • Oscar Hammerstein Jrs
  • Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
  • Mr. Oscar Hammerstein
  • Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II
  • Ockie
  • Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein


  • William Hammerstein
  • Alice Nimmo


  • Dorothy Hammerstein
  • Myra Finn


  • James Hammerstein
  • William Hammerstein
  • Alice Hammerstein Mathias

Awards Won

  • Academy Award for Best Original Song
  • Tony Award for Best Musical
  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical
  • Grammy Trustees Award
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical
  • Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
  • Richard A. Cook Gold Medal Award
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