Roger Edens Overview:

Producer, Roger Edens, was born on Nov 9, 1905 in Hillsboro, TX. Edens died at the age of 64 on Jul 13, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA .

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Roger Edens was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning two for Best Music - Scoring for Easter Parade and Annie Get Your Gun in 1948 and 1950 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1939Best Music - ScoringBabes in Arms (1939)N/ANominated
1948Best Music - ScoringEaster Parade (1948)N/AWon
1950Best Music - ScoringAnnie Get Your Gun (1950)N/AWon
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Roger Edens Facts
Was portrayed by John Benjamin Hickey in _Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) (TV)_.

He and Kay Thompson shared the same birthday (November 9th). From 1942 thru 1957) they gave joint birthday parties during which each presented a surprise production number using special material which featured their friends (Judy Garland, Ann Sothern, Chuck Walters, Ralph Blanel) each never told the other while rehearsing what the other was planning to present.

It was Edens, along with producer Arthur Freed, who was the real guiding force behind M-G-M's 1951 screen version of "Show Boat". Edens was the one who carried out the search for the right singer-actor to play Joe and sing "Ol' Man River", and it was Edens who discovered William Warfield after reading a rave review of a New York song recital that Warfield had given. Edens was also the one who supervised the cuts to the film after it was felt by the producer and the director that the original cut was too slow.

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