Edward Eliscu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Edward Eliscu
Born (1902-04-02)April 2, 1902
Manhattan, New York City
Died June 18, 1998(1998-06-18) (aged 96)
Newtown, Connecticut
Occupation Stage actor, songwriter

Edward Eliscu (April 2, 1902 – June 18, 1998) was a lyricist, playwright, producer and actor, and a successful writer of songs for films.[1]


Eliscu was born in Manhattan, New York City.[2] He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in Manhattan as a classmate of director George Cukor. He then attended City College of New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.

He then began acting in Broadway plays. Eliscu's first film score was with Vincent Youmans and Billy Rose for the film Great Day.

He married the dancer and journalist Stella Bloch in 1931 after she divorced Ananda Coomaraswamy.[3] They both worked in the film industry until the House Committee on Un-American Activities named her husband in the 1950s. This ended his career in the film and later in the television industry.[3] Eliscu together with his wife's cousin Mortimer Offner moved away from Hollywood and returned to New York.[4]

Elscu was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.[2]

He died on June 18, 1998, aged 96, in Newtown, Connecticut.[1]


Selected film and theatre scores[edit]

Selected hits[edit]

  • "Happy Because I’m in Love"
  • "Ankle Up the Altar"
  • "Music Makes Me"
  • "Orchids in the Moonlight"
  • "Meet the People"
  • "A Fellow and A Girl"
  • "You Forgot Your Gloves"
  • "They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree"
  • "More Than You Know"

Selected collaborators[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Edward Eliscu, 96, Songwriter and Playwright". New York Times. June 22, 1998. 
  2. ^ a b Songwriters Hall of Fame, Retrieved 19 October 2015
  3. ^ a b Stella Bloch papers, New York Public Library, Retrieved 19 October 2015
  4. ^ Larry Ceplair; Steven Englund (January 1983). The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-1960. University of California Press. pp. 399–400. ISBN 978-0-520-04886-7. 

External links[edit]