What are some facts about Cole Porter?


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Cole Porter was a gifted lyricist and composer born in Indiana in 1891. Porter wrote famous songs such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Night and Day,” as well as the music for the Broadway musicals “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Anything Goes.” In 1937, he suffered a riding accident and was unable to walk. Porter wrote more than 800 songs in his lifetime.

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Cole Porter studied the piano and violin as a child in Peru, Indiana. He wrote his first song at age 11 and published it with his mother’s help. Porter later attended Yale University and wrote the Yale fight song, “Bulldog.” He wrote approximately 300 songs for student productions while at Yale and later attended Harvard Law School.

The first musical Cole Porter wrote was “See America First.” Porter went to Paris in 1917 after the musical failed and married the widowed socialite Linda Lee Thomas. Together, the couple traveled Europe and had homes in Paris and Venice, Italy. Porter continued to appear in London shows and write songs. His first hit was “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)” in 1928. He later wrote songs such as 1937's “In the Still of the Night” for movies. Porter gained an Academy award nomination for “True Love,” written in 1956 for “High Society."

Porter struggled with alcohol and painkiller use, and in 1958, doctors amputated his right leg. He died in Santa Monica, California, on Oct.15, 1964.

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