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Lorenz HartA Poet on Broadway$
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Frederick Nolan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.001.0001

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What Have I Lived For?

What Have I Lived For?

(p.308) 38 What Have I Lived For?
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

Oxford University Press

Lorenz Hart called at his brother's apartment and delivered a dozen tickets for the night's premiere to be distributed to friends. Just the night before, he had telephoned Dorothy Hart to ask her to buy a gold cigarette case for Herbert Fields and something special for Vivienne Segal. When he arrived at Teddy Hart's he was already on his way to not being sober, which was not good news; he would be smashed by curtain-up. They knew, and Lorenz probably knew, too, that Richard Rodgers had given orders to the stage manager to have him removed from the theater if he became difficult. The signs were they were in for a bad night. Later they learned Hart's heart had stopped twice and was restarted after emergency treatment. He lapsed into a coma. George Ford said last thing Hart said to the nurse was, “What have I lived for?” Then, he was gone.

Keywords:   Lorenz Hart, Dorothy Hart, Vivienne Segal, Herbert Fields, Richard Rodgers, George Ford

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