Arthur Freed was an American lyricist and producer, best known for his MGM musical productions of such films as "An American
in Paris", "Singin' in the Rain", "Meet Me in St. Louis", and "Gigi". This collection comprises primarly film files (produced
and unproduced), considered projects, playscripts and screenplays, phonograph albums, and artwork and stills. It also contains
personal papers, correspondence and letters, awards, certificates and ephemera, and books and scrapbooks.
Arthur Freed, born September 9, 1894 in Charlson, South Dakota, was an American lyricist and Hollywood film producer. Freed
began his career in show business as a song plugger for a music publisher before appearing with the Marx Brothers in vaudeville.
After serving in WWI (in which he acted as a performer in military shows and was a sergeant first class), Freed returned to
vaudeville where he wrote songs and special material for nightclub revues. His first hit song was "I Cried for You". In 1923,
he married Renee Klein, whom he met in San Francisco. A year later they had a daughter, Barbara, and had also moved to Los
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