Ronell, Ann [Rosenblatt, Ann]
- Leslie N. Andersen
(b Omaha, NE, Dec 25, 1908; d New York, Dec 25, 1993). American composer, lyricist and librettist. She graduated in music and literature from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts; her teachers included Ballantine, A.T. Davison, Piston and Gershwin. She began her career teaching music, coaching singers and working on Broadway as a rehearsal pianist. Her many popular songs, Baby’s Birthday Party (1930), Candy Parade (1931) and Willow weep for me (1932), brought her to Hollywood, where she was under contract at RKO Studios. At the request of Walt Disney she created the published version of Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf from the hit Disney cartoon Three Little Pigs. She became the first woman to work as a music director and composer for motion pictures. Ronell was also a pioneer in what became known as ‘opera in the American manner’, most notably in her co-adaptation of Flotow’s opera ...