Oscar Hammerstein II

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Oscar Hammerstein II, born Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein (July 12, 1895August 23, 1960) was an American writer, producer, and director of musicals for almost forty years. He was twice awarded an Oscar for "Best Original Song," and much of his work has been admitted into the unofficial Great American Songbook. He worked mostly in collaboration with Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern and then, most famously, with Richard Rodgers.


  • If you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught.


  • The number of people who will not go to a show they do not want to see is unlimited.
  • I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn’t write anything without hope in it.


  • He's a meticulously hard worker and yet he'll roam the grass of his farm for hours and sometimes for days before he can bring himself to put a word on paper.
  • I beg your pardon. My husband wrote "Ol' Man River." Jerome Kern wrote "da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da."
    • Dorothy Hammerstein, irritated at a woman who neglected her husband's contribution to Showboat

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