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Leo F. Forbstein
Birth: Oct. 16, 1892
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1948
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Film Composer, Conductor. Born in St. Louis, he began playing the violin at age four and became Music Director of Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in 1922. As head of the Warner Bros. Music Department from 1926 until his death, Forbstein arranged and conducted the scores for hundreds of Warner films and was largely responsible for their distinctive brassy sound. He brought composers Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold to the studio, shared an Academy Award with Korngold for "Anthony Adverse" (1936), and was Oscar-nominated (with Steiner) for "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936) and "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937). It is debatable whether Forbstein deserved these honors, however, since in the early years of Oscar competition the heads of studio music departments were automatically nominated along with the composers. (This practice was discontinued in 1938). He died of a heart attack while preparing the music for the 1948 Academy Awards ceremony. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
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 Parents:
  Tauba Taunt Forbstein (1866 - 1921)
 
 Spouse:
  Bessie Gallas Forbstein (1895 - 1965)*
 
 Children:
  Harriett Viola Forbstein Dellar (1915 - 1999)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Farbstein Peckman (1887 - 1964)*
  Malke Farbstein (1890 - 1890)*
  Leo F. Forbstein (1892 - 1948)
  Lottie Forbstein (1895 - ____)*
  Sam L. Forbes (1898 - 1982)*
  Sarah Farbstein (1900 - 1901)*
  Lou Forbes (1902 - 1981)*
  Bertie Forbstein Gelles (1906 - 1964)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Home of Peace Memorial Park
East Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Mausoleum, Corridor of Immortality, Crypt 205 SW
 
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Record added: Apr 05, 2000
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Leo F. Forbstein
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