Stephen Sondheim, the Oscar-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical artist, who was best known for his productions such as “Company” (1970), “Sweeney Todd” (1979) and “Into the Woods” (1987 ), died at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut on Friday, November 26, at the age of 91.

The sad news of Sondheim’s death was reportedly shared by his lawyer F Richard Pappas. The cause of his death is unclear. His career spanned five decades as a composer and lyricist. Sondheim has been a one-time Academy Award recipient and eight-time Tony Award recipient, making him more Tony Awards than any other composer. He also received a Laurence Olivier Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Sondheim has won eight Grammy Awards and is also known for his work on “Saturday Night”, “Anyone Can Whistle”, “Do I Hear a Waltz?”, “Pacific Overtures”, “Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins”, “Passion , ” Bounce ‘,’ The Frogs’ and ‘Road Show.’ Other celebrities who died this year included Wendy Chabert and Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson.


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He has become iconic for not having written “hands of jazz” musicals. In 2015, Sondheim was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The legendary songwriter and lyricist also made headlines when he became gay at the age of 40. But few know that Sondheim’s first job was to write screenplays. In 1953, Sondheim landed his first professional job, through his relationship with OscarHammerstein: writing scripts for the television sitcom “Topper” in Hollywood for five months.

American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim poses in front of a poster for ‘Side by Side by Sondheim’, opening May 4, 1976 at the Mermaid Theater in London, England, April 1976. (Photo by Evening Standard / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Stephen Sondheim Net Worth

While the theater doesn’t have a reputation for being one of the more lucrative branches of the entertainment industry, when it comes to composers like Sondheim, that theory changes. While the number of awards and honors he received may not have directly increased Sondheim’s bank balance, it certainly did help bring him fame and recognition, and in so doing, establish him as a composer of distinction.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Sondheim was worth a staggering $ 20 million at the time of his death. One source of his income could come from royalties, which are paid whenever one of his plays is performed or performed in the public domain, the List reported. And there was no shortage of the kind of work Sondheim would expect to earn royalties from. He was the man behind the lyrics to “West Side Story” and “Gypsy”.

US President Barack Obama (R) presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to composer and theater lyricist Stephen Sondheim during a ceremony in the East Room November 24, 2015 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Images)

In addition to writing song lyrics, he wrote material for films like the 1981 “Warren Beatty movie Reds”, for which he created the song “Goodbye For Now”. In addition, he wrote five songs for the 1990 action movie “Dick Tracy”, of which the song “Sooner or Later” (I Always Get My Man) won the Oscar for Best Song. Stephen Sondheim’s music has recently been featured in films such as “Knives Out”, “Joker” and “Marriage Story”.

The period from 1973 to 1981 defined another aspect of Sondheim’s career, as he served as chairman of the Dramatists Guild. In honor of its 80th birthday, on September 15, 2010, Henry Miller’s Theater was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theater. The BBC also organized a concert in his honor.

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