Died: January 22, 1964, Fort-de-France, Martinique
Buried: Chelten Hills Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Awards: Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Movies: Too Much Johnson
Marc Blitzstein (1905–1964), was an American composer, lyricist, and librettist. He won national attention in 1937 when his pro-union musical “The Cradle Will Rock,” directed by Orson Welles, was shut down by the Works Progress Administration. Blitzstein was openly gay. His first lover was the conductor Alexander Smallens (1889-1972), with whom he traveled to Europe in 1924. Blitzstein nevertheless married novelist Eva Goldbeck on March 2, 1933. They had no children. He dedicated a number of works to his wife-to-be. She died of anorexia in 1936, and his grief prompted him to throw himself into the work of creating “The Cradle Will Rock.” He is buried at Chelten Hills Cemetery (1701 E Washington Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19138).
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