Biography: Cy Coleman was born Seymour Kaufman on June 14, 1929 in New York City to Max and Ida Kaufman. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 7. He attended the High School of Music and Art and the New York College of Music. His collaborators included Joseph Allen McCarthy, Carolyn Leigh, Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, A.E. Hotchner, and David Zippel. He married Shelby Coleman, with whom he had his daughter, Lily.
Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Hocus Pocus," "Father Goose," "Sweet Charity," "Family Business," "Power," "Ride to Hangman's Tree,' "Garbo Talks," "The Art of Love," and "The Troublemaker." Television credits include: "Midsomer Murders," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "The Girls Next Door," and "Great Performances."
Other Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special for "Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now" in 1975. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music for "Gypsy in My Soul" in 1976. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1981. Received the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award for lifetime achievement in American musical theatre. Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991.
Trivia: The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on November 19, 2004.