Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) was an American lyricist and librettist. He is best known for his collaborations with composer Richard Rodgers, which produced numerous hit musicals such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music.
Hammerstein's most popular songs include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" from Oklahoma!, "If I Loved You" from Carousel, "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel, and "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music.
Hammerstein was also a successful theater producer, having produced shows such as Finian's Rainbow, Allegro, and Me and Juliet. He was the first person to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice, for the musicals South Pacific and Anna and the King of Siam.
An interesting fact about Oscar Hammerstein II is that he was born into a Jewish family but was raised a Christian. He was baptized into the Episcopalian faith, and was very active in his church throughout his life.