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actor , director , sculptor , writer

Lawrence Holofcener, American Writer, actor, sculptor, director. Recipient award for Wonders of Manhattan, Cannes (France) Film Festival, 1955. Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, SAG, English-Speaking Union, Actors Equity, British Equity.


Holofcener, Lawrence was born on February 23, 1926 in Baltimore. Son of Edward A. and Lillian S. (Stulman) Holofcener.


Holofcener attended University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he met and performed with Jerry Bock.


He has dual British and American nationality. As a singer/songwriter he was known as Larry Holofcener. They went on to write songs for Big as Life and Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner.

They wrote the Broadway stage scores for Mr. Wonderful and Catch a Star. He joined ASCAP in 1956, his other popular-song compositions include "Without You I'm Nothing", "Raining, It's Raining", "Too Close for Comfort" and "The Story of Alice" which was recorded by the Chad Mitchell Trio.

His play Before You Go began on Broadway and has been produced in regional theaters in the United Kingdom, Paris, Sweden, and Mexico City. His musical play I Don't Live There Anymore, written with composer Gerard Kenny, received its American premiere at the 1993 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. Lawrence Holofcener's first exhibition was in 1979 at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. It was followed by many shows, awards and commissions.

During his exhibition at AT&T's Education Center in Princeton, New Jersey, Lawrence produced The Box, a piece which was added to their collection. In 1985 at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Laurence Olivier unveiled Holofcener's portrait, "Faces of Olivier", and ten years later to the day on Bond Street in London, Princess Margaret unveiled his portraits of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. Commissions include Queen Victoria for the Isle of Wight's Museum of Island History and Coburg, Germany, as well as a life-size bronze of Thomas Paine at Bordentown, New Jersey.

Other life-size portraits of Thomas Chatterton, William Tyndale and William Penn are in Bristol, England. In 1998, Holofcener embarked on a major series celebrating the contributions made by 20th Century icons, among them Albert Einstein, John F Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Mahatma Gandhi, Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonard Bernstein, Albert Schweitzer, the Three Tenors and John Lennon.


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  • Other Work

    • Co-writer songs for Show of Shows, NBC-television, 1949-1952. Writer: (lyrics) Mr. Wonderful, Catch a Star, Ziegfeld Follies, 1956-1958.

      (plays) Before You Go, Barking, The Shepherd, on and off Broadway, New York City, 1969-1973. Author: Rhyming Dictionary for Songwriters, 1960, Britishisms, 1981. Appeared in Broadway plays including Stop the World, 1963, Hello Dolly, 1965.

      Director, writer Shavings, 1989. Principal sculptures include Faces of Laurence Olivier, Allies Monument (Roosevelt & Churchill), Thomas Paine. Writer, director I Don't Live There Anymore, 1993.


Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, SAG, English-Speaking Union, Actors Equity, British Equity.


Married Carol Shapiro. Children: Suzanne, Nicole. Married Julia Cornforth, June l6, l972.

Edward A. Holofcener

Lillian S. (Stulman) Holofcener

Carol Shapiro

Julia Cornforth

Nicole Holofcener

Suzanne Holofcener