Pianist, composer Blame It On My Youth, movie star An American in Paris Rhapsody in Blue, radio star, TV show host and author Memoirs of an Amnesiac A Smattering of Ignorance The Unimportance of Being Oscar. Boyhood friend of George Gershwin. Brilliant and gifted but driven by phobias and addictions. "There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased that line." Born 12/27 1906. Died 9/14/1972.