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Lorenz Hart was an American lyricist best known for his collaborations with Richard Rodgers, including "My Funny Valentine" and "Blue Moon."
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Though unstoppable in his professional success, Hart suffered from alcoholism and became increasingly unstable. He was known to disappear for days on end, during which times he was typically in a serious alcoholic haze.
In 1943, on the opening night of a revival of A Connecticut Yankee, Hart crashed his own show without a ticket, causing such a public spectacle in his drunken stupor that he was removed from the theater. Days after the scene, Hart developed pneumonia. He died from complications of his illness on November 22, 1943, in New York City. Though Lorenz Hart dealt with many demons during his lifetime, his legacy leaves behind some of the most haunting and timeless songs in music history.
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