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Leonard Bernstein
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Born
Louis Bernstein

(1918-08-25)August 25, 1918
Died October 14, 1990(1990-10-14) (aged 72)
Occupation Composer, conductor, author, lecturer, pianist
Years active 1940–1990
Works
List of compositions
Spouse(s)
Felicia Montealegre
(m. 1951; died 1978)
Children 3
Signature
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Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer and conductor. He was born Louis Bernstein in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Ukrainian Jewish parents. He is best known for conducting the New York Philharmonic and composing West Side Story and Candide.

Bernstein was gay.

He was a heavy smoker who had emphysema. He died of a heart attack in New York City.

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