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6 December 1896, New York City, New York, USA, d. 17 August 1983, Beverly Hills, California, USA. A consummate lyricist, whose career spanned some 40 years, like his younger brother George Gershwin, Ira was an indifferent student, but became fascinated by popular music, and particularly the lyrics of songs. He began writing seriously in 1917, sometimes using the pseudonym Arthur Francis, and had a number of minor successes, including the score for the stage show, Two Little Girls In Blue (music by Vincent Youmans). In the 20s and 30s he was closely associated with his brother, collaborating on numerous Broadway shows such as Primrose (with Desmond Carter), Tell Me More! (with Buddy De Sylva), Tip-Toes, Lady, Be Good!, Oh, Kay!, Funny Face, Rosalie, Treasure Girl, Show Girl (with Gus Kahn), Strike Up The Band, Girl Crazy, Pardon My English, Let Em Eat Cake, and Porgy And Bess. From those productions came some of the perennial standards of American...