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Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

Birth

Hugo Wilhelm Friedhofer in San Francisco, California, 3 May 1901

Death

In Hollywood, California, 17 May 1981 (aged 80), following complications from an accidental fall, at St. Vincent's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

Family Backround

Father: Paul Mathias Friedhofer (b. 17 November 1872, d. 27 September 1927 automobile accident)
Mother: Eva König
Wife: Elizabeth Barrett (concert pianist, married 1920, d. 1982)
Daughter: Erika Essman (b. 26 February 1923, d. September 1955 leukemia)
Daughter: Karyl Gilland-Tonge (b. 13 November 1929)

Education

High School: Polytechnic High School (dropped out 1917)
University: University of California at Berkeley
Studied with Domenica Brescia, Ernst Toch, Nadia Boulanger, Arnold Schoenberg

Career

1920 - Cellist with the People's Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
1929 - Orchestrator for first film Sunny Side Up
1935 - Orchestrator for Warner Bros., working mainly with Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner
1938 - First original score for The Adventures of Marco Polo
1946 - Broke from the confines of Warner Bros. to freelance
1974 - Last original score for The Companion, released as Die Sister, Die

Awards

1945 - Nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - The Woman in the Window, with Arthur Lange
1946 - Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 - Nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - The Bishop's Wife
1948 - Nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - Joan of Arc
1951 - Venice Festival award for Ace in the Hole
1953 - Nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - Above and Beyond
1956 - Nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - Between Heaven and Hell
1957 - Nominated to Golden Globe Special Achievement Award, with Jean Simmons, Zsa Zsa Gábor, Bob Hope
1957 - Nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - An Affair to Remember
1957 - Nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - Boy on a Dolphin
1958 - Nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - The Young Lions

Trivia

Composer David Raksin delivered Friedhofer's eulogy. The memorial service was attended by, among others, Fred Steiner, Miklos Rozsa, Elmer Bernstein, Bronislau Kaper,Frank Comstock, Arthur Morton, Herbert Spencer, Leonard Rosenman, Ernest Gold, Albert Sendry, Jack Elliot, and Al Woodbury.

Bibliography

2002 - Linda Danly - Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life • Scarecrow Press ISBN 0-8108-4478-8
1999 - William Darby, Jack DuBois - American Film Music • McFarland Publishing ISBN 0786407530
1992 - Tony Thomas - Film Score: The Art and Craft of Movie Music • Riverwood Press ISBN 1880756013
1954 - Louis Applebaum - The Best Years of Our Lives • Film Music Notes, vol. 8, no. 3
1947 - Frederick W. Sternfeld - Music and the Feature Films - The Musical Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 4

Hugo Friedhofer Papers

Music manuscripts for motion picture and television scores that Friedhofer orchestrated or composed during his career in Hollywood. Also includes his correspondence with family and friends, photographs, and manuscripts of his compositions for orchestra • L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University