Victor Young

Victor Young

Male 1899 - 1956  (57 years)

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  • Name Victor Young 
    Nickname Abe 
    Born 8 Aug 1899  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The family was living on Maxwell Street when he was born.
    Gender Male 
    Lived 1935 to 1960  526 N. Elm, Beverly Hills, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Victor and Rita lived at this address starting in 1935. Rita continued to live there after Victor passed on. She died thee in 1960. 
    Died 10 Nov 1956  Desert Hot Springs, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Beth Olam Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • His original name was Abe, he late came to be known as Victor.
    • Victor Young was born on August 8, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois to a musical family. His father was a tenor with the Chicago Opera and by the age of 6 Victor was beginning to play the violin. After the death of his mother in 1908, Victor and his sister Helen were sent to Warsaw Poland to live with his grandparents. His grandfather was able to send him to the Warsaw Conservatory of Music and being a willing pupil he graduated and made his debut as a concert violinist with the Warsaw Philharmonic. Still a teenager, he went on a successful tour of Europe and the United States, enhancing his career as a concert violinist even further. He returned to Chicago in the 1920's and accepted a position as a musical director for the Balana and Katz chain of movie theaters. This required him to arrange music for the most important presentations. As a result of this Victor discovered his talent for composing, arranging, and orchestrating popular music. Within a few years he had moved to Los Angeles, signed a contract with Brunswick Records as a conductor, and had become the best-known music director for radio and records.

      In 1935 he accepted a position from Paramount Pictures as a musical director, composer, and arranger. For the next 20 years Hollywood was to become his home and film music his main profession. He scored over 300 films during the next two decades, compiling 22 Oscar nominations along the way Victor had the ability to be able to produce wonderful melodies for films no matter what the subject matter. While films like "Love Letters" and "My Foolish Heart" are long forgotten, the theme songs are still performed today by a variety of pop and jazz artists. He may have been the best melody writer that Hollywood has ever had. In his later years he revealed that he had found inspiration and kinship from Rachmaninov, who had also settled in Los Angeles about the time that Young did. Films such as "For Whom the Bells Toll", "The Quiet Man", "The Blue Dahlia", and "Samson and Delilah" showed his versatility for all types of productions, from film noir to biblical. When once asked why he became a film composer he shook his head. "Why, indeed? Why would any trained musician let himself in for a career that calls for the exactitude of an Einstein, the diplomacy of Churchill, and the patience of a martyr? And yet I can think of no other musical medium that offers as much challenge, excitement and demand for creativity in putting music to work." This perhaps was the reason why he worked so hard and continuously for the twenty years he was involved with Hollywood.

      The frantic pace, poor diet, cigar smoking, and ignoring the advice of his doctor took its toll in 1956 and he passed away from a stroke on November 11, 1956 in Los Angeles. Even in failing health in his last year he did scores for "The Brave One", The Buster Keaton Story", "Omar Khyyam", and "Run Of The Arrow", all released after his death. His last score "China Gates" was completed by his long time friend Max Steiner. Sadly, his only Oscar came after his death in the spring of 1957 for "Around the World in 80 Days", perhaps his finest achievement. His passing symbolized the end of an era in Hollywood. Within a short time the music departments at 20th Century Fox (Alfred Newman), Warner Bros. (Max Steiner) and Paramount (Young), were dismantled, and with them went the romantic films scores that all were famous for. Even with the revival and re-recordings of golden-age film music, Young's film music has been basically forgotten. Perhaps the new recordings of "Scaramouche" and "The Univited" are hints that other scores are in the works for release. One can only hope that such a prolific composer can be enjoyed by future generations.
    • This Note Posted on Facebook on 10 Nov 2015 by Bobbie Hill Fromberg
      On this date in 1956 I lost my favorite family member, my uncle, and the world lost a musical genius. Victor and my Aunt Rita were Beverly Hills residents from 1935 until my Aunt's death in 1960. They lived at 526 N. Elm at the corner of Elm and Carmelita. It is hard to believe it is 59 years since he died. I loved him very much and I know he loved me. Continued RIP Victor Young.
    Person ID I766  Complete
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2015 

    Father William D. Young,   b. 10 Sep 1869, Mlawa, Plock, Warszawa, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1932, Manhatten, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Rose Segal,   b. 1867, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1908, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1894  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Rosa and William Young- pretty snappy looking couple. Since she died in 1908 this photo is probably 100 years old.
    Rosa and William Young- pretty snappy looking couple. Since she died in 1908 this photo is probably 100 years old.
    Family ID F430  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margarita Kinel,   b. 21 Mar 1893, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1962, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1922  Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3414  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Aug 1899 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Apr 1922 - Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived - Victor and Rita lived at this address starting in 1935. Rita continued to live there after Victor passed on. She died thee in 1960. - 1935 to 1960 - 526 N. Elm, Beverly Hills, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Nov 1956 - Desert Hot Springs, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Beth Olam Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Young- Rosa Segal Young- Victor Young- Helen Young
    William Young- Rosa Segal Young- Victor Young- Helen Young
    Helen and Victor Young
    Helen and Victor Young
    Berle Segal Family
    Berle Segal Family
    Passover in Poland 1913. Chaya Cecil Segal- Berle Segal- Victor Young- Helen Young- Salka and Regina. In the picture you see Chaya Cecil Segal (lovingly called Bopcha by my mother) and her husband Berel Segal and Victor Young and Helen Young who are 14 and 12 years old. The two women on the left are either Salka and Regina or Salka and Eva or Regina and Eva. My bet is on Salka and Regina. I know for sure that neither of them ever married. In the foreground left is a hanging gas lamp. On the table is round schmere matzos hard boiled eggs wine and other assorted Passover foods and to the left is a seltzer bottle. Bobbie Fromberg
    Victor Young in late 30's early 40's
    Victor Young in late 30's early 40's
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Victor Young- publicity photo. Bobbie Fromberg says this is how she remembers her uncle.
    Victor Young- publicity photo. Bobbie Fromberg says this is how she remembers her uncle.
    Victor Young Face
    Victor Young Face
    Rosie Young with her son Victor
    Rosie Young with her son Victor
    Victor Young Star at 6363 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
    Victor Young Star at 6363 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

    Documents
    Jacob Segal- Probabte of Estate in 1938- Max Segal- Executor- Irving Holtzman- Attorney
    Jacob Segal- Probabte of Estate in 1938- Max Segal- Executor- Irving Holtzman- Attorney
    Helen and Victor Young return from Poland - Reported in Chicago Newspaper
    Helen and Victor Young return from Poland - Reported in Chicago Newspaper
    Victor Young Record in Oscars.org database
    Victor Young Record in Oscars.org database

    Headstones
    Victor Young crypt
    Victor Young crypt
    Location #1 on map
    Beth Olam Cemetery Entrance
    Beth Olam Cemetery Entrance
    This entrance is off Gower Street