Two Sleepy People(1938; written with Hoagy Carmichael). While a soldier in World War II he begin writing music in addition to words for such songs as
Praise the Lord, and Pass the Ammunition.Loesser won an Oscar for
Baby, It's Cold Outside(1949) and wrote the score for his last movie musical, Hans Christian Andersen, in 1952. His first Broadway hit came with the score for Where's Charley? (1948; film, 1952) and he struck Broadway gold with the scores for Guys and Dolls (1950; film, 1955); The Most Happy Fella (1956), for which he also wrote the book; and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1962, Pulitzer Prize; film, 1967).
See his biography by his daughter, S. Loesser (1993, repr. 2001); The Frank Loesser Songbook (1994); R. Kimball and S. Nelson, ed., The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser (2003).
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