- NAME: Cole Porter
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Pianist
- BIRTH DATE: June 09, 1891
- DEATH DATE: October 15, 1964
- Did You Know?: Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" (1930), a song about prostitution, was temporarily banned from being broadcast.
- EDUCATION: Yale University, Harvard University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Peru, Indiana
- PLACE OF DEATH: Santa Monica, California
- Full Name: Cole Albert Porter
- AKA: Cole Porter
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A gifted composer and lyricist, Cole Porter created songs like "Night and Day," and the music for Broadway shows such as Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate.
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Some of Porter's post-accident Broadway shows were successful, if forgettable, such as Something For The Boys (1943). He had a huge flop with Around the World (1946), directed by and starring Orson Welles. In Kiss Me, Kate (1948), adapted from William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Porter once again had a musical hit,
receiving a Tony award for his work. The show's songs include "Too Darn Hot" and "I've Come To Wive It Wealthily In Padua."
Porter's wife died in 1954. Despite his years of extramarital homosexual relationships, she had been a source of friendship and support, and her death was a blow for Porter. He continued to work on both Broadway shows and films—winning an Academy award for "True Love," written for High Society (1956)—but he also escaped into alcohol and painkillers.
In 1958, due to his accident, Porter had to have his right leg amputated. Afterward, he stopped writing songs. He also withdrew from public life, telling friends, "I am only half a man now." At 73, he died in Santa Monica, California, on October 15, 1964.
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