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 .



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
When "The Sound of Music" was first announced by 20th Century-Fox to be directed by William Wyler, Edens was to be Associate Producer. It was Edens who thought up the opening shot of the camera coming over the alps to reveal Julie Andrews coming up over the hill singing "The Hills are alive with The Sound of Music." Although Wyler chose not to direct, Edens' brilliant opening concept was kept in by Robert Wise.

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.

It was Edens who tested Shirley Temple's singing ability to see if she would really be the right choice to play Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz". When he decided that her singing was not good enough, Judy Garland became the preferred choice for Dorothy.

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