Howard Ashman

Howard Ashman ( May 3, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, † March 14, 1991 in Los Angeles, actually Howard Elliott Gershman ) was an American author and film acting and musical music songwriter and producer.


Howard Ashman went in 1974 to New York and began there, in addition to his work in a publishing house to write plays. Ashmans real name was Howard Elliott Gershman.

In 1982, he collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the musical Little Shop of Horrors (AKA Little Shop of Horrors ), one of the most successful Broadway productions.

He has worked in the episode with Alan Menken much, especially for Disney films, with Menken composed the music and Ashman wrote the lyrics to it. Together with Alan Menken Ashman was amongst a number of other awards, two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and two Academy Awards. Two days after he had received the Oscar for the song "Under The Sea", Ashman announced that he was suffering from AIDS. Despite his serious illness Ashman worked on. His second Academy Award was given posthumously Ashman, he was accepted by his partner Bill Lauch. Howard Ashman died on 14 March 1991 at the age of 40.

The animated film "Beauty and the Beast" uncredited contains a dedication to Howard Ashman.


  • Little Shop of Horrors 1986
  • The Little Mermaid, 1989 Oscar for Best Song ( " Under the Sea " )
  • Beauty and the Beast, 1991 Oscar for Best Song ( "Beauty and the Beast" )
  • Aladdin, 1992 ( lyrics )