Jerry Seelen

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Jerry Seelen
Jerome Lincoln Seelen

(1912-03-11)March 11, 1912
DiedSeptember 12, 1981(1981-09-12) (aged 69)
ResidenceLos Angeles
Years active1936–1965
Notable work
C'est si bon (1949)
Betty Hall
(m. 1949; div. 1957)
Elpha Ellington
(m. 1957; her death 1975)

Jerry Seelen, whose real name is Jerome Seelen, was an American screenwriter and lyricist born March 11, 1912 in New York City (New York) and died September 12, 1981 in San Diego (California).[1]


Jerry Seelen first wrote lyrics for songs in musical films from 1936 to 1952 and then wrote screenplays for television from 1952 to 1965.

During his lyricist career, he wrote many songs for Milton Berle and Danny Thomas.

In 1949, he wrote the English lyrics to the French song C'est si bon that is recorded by Johnny Desmond with Tony Mottola and his Orchestra May 11, 1949 in New York City.

On June 26, 1950, Louis Armstrong recorded the song with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra and his cover was a worldwide hit.

In 1951, Dolores Gray sings the song in the short film Holiday in Paris: Paris which is the first film where the song is sung in English.

Personal life[edit]

Jerry Seelen married in 1949 in Los Angeles the model Betty Hall (1923-2001). The couple had two children. They divorced in 1957. He then married in 1957 in Manhattan with the screenwriter Elpha Ellington (1908-1975) who was the widow of composer Lester Lee (1903-1956) who had composed the music of many songs with lyrics by Jerry Seelen.






  1. ^ "Seelen, Jerry, 1912–1981". Retrieved March 19, 2016.

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