A Tribute To Cole Porter Essay

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With the new film about his life now beginning to appear in movie theatres (one that promises to be more accurate than the 1946 Cary Grant vehicle, Night and Day, of which Porter once said that it didn't contain a single word of truth), I thought it was time for a tribute article to the great songwriter whose tunes enlivened so many films and stage plays. Born in 1891 to wealthy parents (his grandfather was the richest man in Indiana), Cole Porter was given his mother's maiden name as a first name (we have that in common), attended Yale and Harvard, quit before graduating, and went on to write over 1,400 songs, most of them performed for the first time on Broadway in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Many have become American standards, including "Night and Day," "Easy to Love," "Anything Goes," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Just One of the Those Things," "You're the Top," and many more. His songs' sophisticated, witty lyrics make them instantly recognizable as Cole Porter tunes. Perhaps his best-known musical was Kiss Me Kate, which ran on Broadway for over 1,000 performances. Although openly gay, Porter married a wealthy divorcee, Linda Lee Thomas, and remained married to her for 35 years until her death in 1954. He received an honorary doctorate from Yale in 1960. Porter died in 1964, at the age of 73, in a Hollywood nursing home, after suffering through a leg amputation in 1958 resulting from a riding accident many years

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