JACK LEMMON

"If you think it's hard to meet new people,
try picking up the wrong golf ball."

- Jack Lemmon

Biography

Jack Lemmon, born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, starting a career that spanned decades. He took on both comedic and dramatic fare— including Some Like It HotThe Odd CoupleSave the TigerMissing and Grumpy Old Men—and was nominated for seven Oscars, winning two. He worked with actor Walther Matthau on many films.

It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.

Music

Lemmon’s singing voice was first heard on two film soundtracks in 1955, Three for the Show with Betty Grable and My Sister Eileen. He also performed songs in the 1956 film You Can’t Run Away from It with Stubby Kayeand June Allyson. His first solo album, A Twist of Lemmon, was released in 1958 on Epic Records. While filming Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe in 1959, Lemmon released a second album, Some Like It Hot. Both featured Lemmon’s singing and piano solos.