Joel Hirschhorn

Joel Hirschhorn

Birth
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 18 Sep 2005 (aged 67)
Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, California, USA
Burial Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Tranquility Estate Gardens
Memorial ID 11803564 · View Source
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Songwriter. Together with his longtime collaborator, Al Kasha, he won Academy Awards for the theme songs "The Morning After" from "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) and "We May Never Love Like This Again" from "The Towering Inferno" (1974). Hirschhorn and Kasha also received Oscar nominations for Best Original Score and Best Song ("Candle on the Water") for "Pete's Dragon" (1977), as well as two Tony nominations, for the score of "Copperfield" (1981) and for new songs they added to a 1983 Broadway revival of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". Hirschhorn was born in the Bronx, New York. He was a nightclub singer and pianist before teaming with Kasha, a record producer, to write songs for the Jayne Mansfield film "The Fat Spy" (1966). Hirschhorn and Kasha shared credit for both music and lyrics. Their others films include "The Cheyenne Social Club" (1970), "Freaky Friday" (1976), "The North Avenue Irregulars" (1979), "China Cry" (1990), and "Rescue Me" (1993). On his own Hirschhorn wrote several books, including "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Songwriting" (2001). He was a theatre critic for Variety from 1999 until his death from a heart attack. He was married to documentary producer Jennifer Carter Hirschhorn.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 23 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11803564
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joel Hirschhorn (18 Dec 1937–18 Sep 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11803564, citing Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .