Lorenz Milton Hart was born in New York City on May 2, 1895, to Max Hart and Frieda Isenberg Hart. He had one brother, Theodore Van Wyck Hart, who also gained theatrical fame, as comic actor Teddy Hart. Lorenz Hart was educated at Columbia Grammar School, DeWitt Clinton, Weingart Institute, and Columbia University. In school, he belonged to literary societies and wrote for and edited the school papers.
Hart grew up in a highly literary environment. His mother, Frieda, had wanted to be an actress, and from the age of six, he was taken to the theater. He began to write poetry when he was six, and he wrote and performed skits and satires of plays he had seen both on and off Broadway. He loved the Gilbert and Sullivan and...
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