Guy Bolton was born the son of a wealthy American family from Delaware to England. His professional career began with studying architecture before the beginning of the 1910s turned to the theater.
During the First World War, he has written several books for Broadway plays and musical comedies, for the " Princess Theatre shows " so-called. He worked among others with composer Jerome Kern and playwright PG Wodehouse: Among them are Very Good Eddie 1915 and Leave It to Jane in 1917, In 1920, the musical Sally.
From the musical Lady, Be Good by 1924 Bolton worked repeatedly with producers Alex. A. Aarons and Vinton Freedley, with playwright Fred Thompson, and the Gershwin brothers together; The result were the musical Tip- Toes (1925 ), Oh, Kay! (1926 ), Rosalie (1928) and Girl Crazy ( 1930). Bolton also had the 1934er Cole Porter musical Anything Goes.
From the late 1920s, Bolton worked as many playwrights for the movie ( for example, The Love Parade by Ernst Lubitsch ). Beginning of the 1940s he began to write for Broadway again; There were books for musicals by Hoagy Carmichael, Burton Lane and Vernon Duke. The most successful, the musical Follow the Girls was built in 1944. During the second half of the 1940s he was involved in the screenplays for Music Movies Ziegfeld Follies (1946 ), Till the Clouds Roll By ( 1946) and Words and Music (1948 ).
Bolton in 1953 along with PG Wodehouse 's memoirs Bring on the Girls! ( Subtitle: The Improbable Story of Our Life in Musical Comedy, With Pictures To Prove It).
With the English adaptation of the play by Marcelle Maurette Anastasia he made in 1954 again attracted attention.