Herbert Stothart was born of Scottish and Bavarian descent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 11, 1885, studying music in Europe and at The University
of Wisconsin, where he also taught.
He was hired by producer Arthur Hammerstein to be musical director for touring companies of Broadway shows, and was soon writing music for the producer's nephew, Oscar Hammerstein. This successful collaboration led to Stothart's teaming with Vincent Youmans, Otto Harbach, Rudolph Friml, George Gershwin, and Franz Lehar, and in 1929 Stothart was signed to a Hollywood contract by Louis B. Mayer.
The composer spent his remaining 20 years at M-G-M, composing, arranging, adapting, and conducting scores for over 100 features. He
served as music director for the Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy musicals, and he wrote music for After The Thin Man, Anna Karenina, China, David Copperfield, The Good Earth, The
Green Years, Idiot's Delight, Madame Curie, Mrs. Miniver, Mutiny On The Bounty, National Velvet, Naughty Marietta, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Pride And
Prejudice, Rasputin And The Empress, A Tale Of Two Cities, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, What Every Woman Knows, The White Cliffs Of Dover, The Yearling, and many other pictures. Stothart
was nominated for a number of Oscars, winning for The Wizard Of Oz. He died in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 1949.