died June 18, 1998, Newtown, Connecticut, USA
Lyricist, playwright, producer and actor, Edward Eliscu began performing in Broadway plays. In 1929, Eliscu produced his first Broadway score with composer Vincent Youmans and co-lyricist Billy Rose entitled Great Day!. In 1930, Eliscu began contributing songs to film scores as well as writing film screenplays. While he contributed songs to over 40 film scores, his most notable was Flying Down to Rio (1934) with Fred Astaire. The song "Carioca" not only launched the partnership of Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but also earned Eliscu an Academy Award nomination in 1935 for Best Song.
Inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1975.