Fields, Lew [Schanfield, Lewis Maurice]
- Gerald Bordman
[Schanfield, Lewis Maurice]
(b New York, NY, Jan 1, 1867; d Beverly Hills, CA, July 20, 1941). American actor, producer, and director. He performed for several years in variety shows with Joe Weber, with whom he opened Weber and Fields’ Musical Hall in New York in 1896. After the two men separated in 1904 Fields pursued a successful career appearing in and staging musicals, becoming well known for his summer shows. His later productions included Richard Rodgers and Romberg’s Poor Little Ritz Girl (1920), in which he also collaborated as librettist, Rodgers’s The Girl Friend (1926), A Connecticut Yankee (1927), and Chee-Chee (1928), Youmans’s Hit the Deck (1927), and McHugh’s Hello Daddy (1928). Fields’s son Herbert Fields wrote the book for many of these shows, while his daughter Dorothy Fields wrote the lyrics for the last named.F. Inman...