Sylvia Fine

Sylvia Fine

Original Name Sylvia Harriet Fine
Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 28 Oct 1991 (aged 78)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 9901506 · View Source
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Composer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she made her Broadway debut as the co-composer of the music and lyrics for the ‘Straw Hat Review’ in 1939. Doubling as the audition pianist she met Danny Kaye, who also made his debut in the same show. The pair married in 1940. Fine took a direct role in managing her husband's career, and taking advantage of Kaye’s particular vocal talents, she was responsible for the creation of his signature material including, ‘Anatole of Paris’ and the tongue twisting ‘Tchaikovsky’. Fine wrote the music for many of her husband’s films, including ‘The Inspector General’ in 1949, ‘Knock on Wood’ in 1954, and ‘The Court Jester’ in 1956. Her work earned her two Academy Award nominations. Fine received honorary doctorates from Long Island University and Brooklyn College and taught a course on musical comedy at the University of Southern California and at Yale University for which she received a Peabody Award. In 1975 she won an Emmy for her work in the special ‘Danny Kaye: Look in at the Met’. She was widowed in 1987 and died of emphysema four years later.

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  • Added: 14 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9901506
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvia Fine (29 Aug 1913–28 Oct 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9901506, citing Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .