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Alan Menken
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    (July 22, 1949- )
    Born in Kansas
    Film and stage lyricist, composer, and musician
    Composed music for 'Little Shop of Horrors (1986),' 'The Little Mermaid (1989),' ' Beauty and the Beast (1991),' 'Aladdin (1992),' 'Pocahontas (1995)' and 'Enchanted (2007)'
    Frequent collaborator with Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Stephen Schwartz
    Nepotism for Disney is evident in his career.
    He had a hard time finding a new permanent collaborator after the death of composer Howard Ashman in 1991.
    The word 'shit' was censored during the 1987 Oscars when his song from 'Little Shop of Horrors' called 'Mean Green Mother from Outer Space' was performed live.
    He and Stephen Schwartz were nominated thrice in the Best Original Song category for 'Enchanted.' However, they lost all three of their bids to the song 'Falling Slowly' from 'Once (2007).'
    He is one of a few individuals to score double Oscar wins in two consecutive years.
    His songs such as 'A Whole New World' and 'Beauty and the Beast' have been considered Disney classics comparable to 'When You Wish Upon a Star' and 'Once Upon a Dream.'
    'A Whole New World' hit number one of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993.
    As of 2010, he has won eight Oscars and several Grammys.

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