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Anthony Newley
Anthony Newley 
April 14, 1999
Cancer
Age 67
 
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Anthony Newley, 67, Versatile Entertainer

          By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

               STUART, Fla. -- Anthony Newley, the British entertainer known
               for co-writing the score for the stage hit "Stop the World -- I
          Want To Get Off" and for his role in the 1967 film version of the
          children's classic "Doctor Doolittle," died Wednesday at his home in
          Jensen Beach, Fla. He was 67. 

          Newley, an actor, playwright, author, composer, lyricist and singer, died
          after a long bout with cancer, his former wife Dareth Newley Dunn said. 

          He was told in 1985 that he had renal cell cancer and had one kidney
          removed. After years of good health, the cancer returned in 1997. 

          Newley had lived in Surrey, England, about 35 miles outside of London,
          for years and moved to Florida permanently in December. The former
          husband of the actress Joan Collins, Newley married three times and had
          four children. 

          He was married to Ms. Dunn, his third wife, for 20 years. 

          Newley shot to fame as the Artful Dodger in the 1948 film version of
          "Oliver Twist." 

          He became an international star, and during his heyday had a series of hit
          records, appeared in a string of films and was a major live performer in
          Las Vegas, Nev.. 

          Newley also co-wrote the scores for "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate
          Factory" and "The Roar of The Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd."

          Newley is survived by his mother and four children. 

 
Anthony Newley 

          STUART, Fla. (AP) -- British entertainer Anthony Newley, known for 
          the stage hit ``Stop the World -- I Want To Get Off'' and the 1967 film 
          version of the children's classic ``Doctor Doolittle,'' died Wednesday of 
          cancer. He was 67.  

          The actor, playwright, author, composer, lyricist and singer was first 
          diagnosed in 1985 with renal cell cancer and had one kidney removed. 
          After years of good health, the cancer returned in 1997.  

          Newley had lived in Surrey, England, about 35 miles outside of London, 
          for years and moved to Florida permanently in December.  

          The former husband of actress Joan Collins, Newley shot to fame as the 
          Artful Dodger in the 1948 film version of ``Oliver Twist.''  

          He became an international star and during his heyday had a series of hit 
          records, appeared in a string of films and was a major live performer in 
          Las Vegas.  

          Newley co-wrote the score for the hit musicals ``Stop The World -- I 
          Want To Get Off,'' ``Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory'' and 
          ``The Roar of The Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd.''  

          He also wrote a number of best-selling hit singles, including ``What Kind 
          Of Fool Am I?'', ``The Candy Man'' and ``Goldfinger.'' 

 
 
 
       
 

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Over the course of a career spanning more than half a century, performer and composer Anthony Newley enjoyed great success in the theater, in films and on the pop charts. Born in London on September 24, 1931, he attended the Italia Conti Stage School before appearing as a child actor in a number of films including The Little Ballerina and Vice Versa; in 1948 he starred as the Artful Dodger in David Lean's acclaimed adaptation of Oliver Twist. In 1955 Newley made his theatrical debut in the revue Cranks, with close to two dozen more onscreen character roles prior to starring as a rock 'n' roll star in 1959's Idle on Parade; the feature's soundtrack EP launched the hit ballad "I've Waited So Long," the first in a string of seven U.K. Top Ten hits between 1959 and 1961 including "Personality," "Pop Goes the Weasel," "If She Should Come to You" and the chart-toppers 
 "Why" and "Do You Mind." In 1960, Newley issued his debut LP Love Is a Now and Then Thing, followed a year later by Tony. 

With collaborator Leslie Bricusse, Newley wrote the book, music and lyrics for the 1961 stage musical Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!; he also directed and starred as Littlechap. The production was a major success, running in London's West End for over 16 months before appearing on Broadway for some 500 performances; adapted by Hollywood in 1966, it also launched the hits "What Kind of Fool Am I?," "Once in a Lifetime" and "Gonna Build a Mountain."  After recording the 1963 comedy album Fool Brittania with wife Joan Collins and Peter Sellers, Newley and Bricusse wrote the theme to the James Bond entry Goldfinger before mounting their next musical, 1965's The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd; Newley later starred on Broadway in the lead role, although the production did not equal the success of Stop the World. 

Upon appearing with Rex Harrison in the 1967 film musical Doctor Doolittle, Newley directed and starred in 1969's Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? He soon reunited with Bricusse to compose the music for 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which included the Sammy Davis Jr. hit "The Candy Man;" the team also wrote a number of songs for an NBC television adaptation of Peter Pan that same year. The 1972 stage musical The Good Old Bad Old Days was the Newley/Bricusse team's last collaboration; some of their compositions also reappeared on the 1972 Newley LP Ain't It Funny. In 1975, he starred in the motion picture It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, quickly followed by both acting and musical contributions to the features The Old Curiosity Shop and Old Dracula. 

After the 1978 LP The Singer and His Songs and the musical film Sammy Stops the World, Newley spent the majority of the 1980s away from music, accepting only small roles in projects like a 1982 PBS production of Alice in Wonderland, the 1983 TV miniseries Malibu and the reviled 1987 feature The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. In 1989 he helmed a short-lived London revival of Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!; that same year, he and Bricusse were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1990, Newley mounted a theatrical anthology of his past material titled Once Upon a Song, and later continued performing the material in a cabaret act. -- Jason Ankeny, All-Music Guide

 
 
  
 
 

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