Over the weekend, CBS Sunday Morning briefly mentioned an Oscars fun fact. It seems that the only person to win an Oscar named Oscar was songwriter and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein II. If you know anything about musical theater, then you’ll probably recognize the name as one half of Rodgers and Hammerstein — one of the most prolific and successful partnerships in showbiz (Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific).
Their works were sophisticated, socially aware, sensitive and advanced the story’s characters or plot. It’s a style that is widely used today, but was revolutionary at the time. Hammerstein worked in theater for over 40 years, writing the lyrics for over 1,000 songs and the libretti for dozens of operettas and musicals — many that have since been adapted for cinema. He won two Oscars in his lifetime for Best Original Song — in 1941 for "The Last Time I Saw Paris" in the film Lady Be Good and in 1945 for "It Might As Well Be Spring" in State Fair. You can listen to those below.
We’ve also included the first two parts in a PBS documentary on the iconic producer. Follow the YouTube rabbit hole for the rest.
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