Leonard Gershe biography

Leonard Gershe

Playwright, Film story contributor

1922 – 2002


Who was Leonard Gershe?

Leonard Gershe was an American playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist.

Born in New York City, Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome's musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies are Free. Later Gershe wrote another play, Snacks, intended for Tony Danza.

He wrote the lyrics for the "Born in a Trunk" sequence from the Judy Garland/James Mason musical A Star Is Born. In the 1950s, Gershe wrote ten scripts for the Ann Sothern sitcom Private Secretary. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Lucy Show. His screen credits include Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Butterflies Are Free.

Gershe was known to have had a relationship with Roger Edens.

Gershe died in Beverly Hills, California from complications from a stroke.


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Jun 10, 1922
New York City
Also known as
  • Gershe, Leonard
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • New York City
Mar 9, 2002
Beverly Hills
Resting place
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

on July 23, 2013

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