Cole Porter

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Date of Birth June 9, 1891
Place of Birth Peru, Indiana
Date of Death Oct 15, 1964 (73)
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Cole Porter

Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, Porter defied his grandfather's wishes and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn to musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics as well as the music for his songs. After a serious horseback riding accident in 1937, Porter was left disabled and in constant pain, but he continued to work. His shows of the early 1940s did not contain the lasting hits of his best work of the 1920s and '30s, but in 1948 he made a triumphant comeback with his most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. It won the first Tony Award for Best Musical.

About Cole Porter

Songwriter and winner of the 1948 Tony Award for Best Musical for Kiss Me, Kate. He wrote such American musical theater and popular standards as "Night and Day," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and "I've Got You Under My Skin."

Before Fame

He wrote an operetta, albeit with his mother's help, when he was just ten years old.

Achievement

Many of his hit songs, including "Well, Did You Evah!" and "You're the Top," were performed by such legendary vocalists as Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra.

Family Life

Despite being a homosexual, he married Linda Lee Thomas in 1919. Thomas was at peace with Porter's homosexuality and was willing to provide him cover during an extremely homophobic age due to the fact that he treated her much better than her first husband had.

Associations

He was played by Kevin Kline in the 2004 biopic De-Lovely.

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