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As a musician, Cole Porter's entertaining and creative music was in a variety of Hollywood productions. The early stages of his career in entertainment ran the industry gamut with credits like "The Battle of Paris" (1929) to his name. Porter was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Something to Shout About" in 1943 as well as for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "High Society" in 1956. Porter was married to Linda Lee Thomas. Cole Porter passed away in October 1964 at the age of 73.
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Wrote his first piece of music, "Song of the Birds"
His mother arranged for private publication of the song "The Bobolink Waltz"
First published song, "Bridget"
First musical "Cora" produced at Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Yale
First song featured on Broadway, "As I Loved You" (originally titled "Esmeralda") included in the show "Kaleidoscope"
Wrote his first full score for a professional theatrical production, "See America First"
Served in the foreign legion during WWI
Returned to the USA; wrote songs for "Hitchy-Koo of 1919"
Studied at Schola Cantorum in Paris
Collaborated on the ballet "Within the Quota" with Gerald Murphy (librettist and donor)
Wrote the score for "Greenwich Village 'Follies'"
Composed the score for "Fifty Million Frenchmen," including such hits as "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love"
Song "Love for Sale" introduced in the show "The New Yorkers"; banned from radio air play
First collaboration with Fred Astaire, the Broadway show "The Gay Divorce"
Wrote "Nymph Errant" for Gertrude Lawrence
Had a Broadway hit with "Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman
Wrote the score for the unproduced film "Adios, Argentina"
Initial outing in Hollywood, the film "The Gay Divorcee"; film, which featured Astaire, only used one Porter song from the stage show, "Night and Day"
In December, signed 20-week contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $3,000 per week to write score for "Born to Dance", starring James Stewart and Eleanor Powell
"Red, Hot and Blue" opened on Broadway; show featured Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope and Ethel Merman and introduced the classic "It's DeLovely"
Received his first Academy Award nomination for the song "I've Got You Under My Skin" (from "Born to Dance")
Crippled in a riding accident (Porter's legs were crushed when a horse fell on him), underwent first of eventual 30 operations to save his legs; Porter later claimed to have written some of the lyrics for the score to "At Long Last Love" while waiting for help
Mary Martin had a hit with Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
Bert Lahr and Ethel Merman starred in Porter's "DuBarry Was a Lady"
Merman scores a triumph as "Panama Hattie"; show becomes the longest-running of Porter's shows to date (first of his book musicals to run for over 500 performances since the 1920s)
Earned his second Oscar nomination for the song "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye" (from "You'll Never Get Rich")
Reteamed with Merman for "Something for the Boys"
Received his third Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (from "Something to Shout About"
Was the subject of the Warner Bros. film biography "Night and Day"; Cary Grant portrayed Porter
Wrote the score for "The Pirate," starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland
Had his biggest career success with "Kiss Me, Kate", a musical inspired by Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew"; the show ran for 1,077 performances and won the Best Musical Tony Award
Composed the song "Farewell, Amanda," used in "Amanda's Rib"
"Kiss Me Kate" filmed
Last original stage musical, "Silk Stockings"
Earned his final Oscar nomination for "True Love," sung in the film "High Society" by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
Final features released to contain full Porter scores, "Silk Stockings" and "Les Girls"
Wrote the score for the TV special "Alladin"; last songs written include "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking" and "Wouldn't It Be Fun?"
Premiere of "High Society" as a stage musical in London
A revised version of "High Society" opened on Broadway
First Broadway revival of "Kiss Me, Kate"