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Hal Schaefer: The ‘Piano Man’s’ Other Claim to Fame

Posted on 12/19/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyHal Schaefer was an accomplished pianist, composer of movie scores and vocal coach to Hollywood stars — so multitalented, in fact, that he not only arranged the rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” for the classic 1953 Marilyn Monroe film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes but also coached Monroe into giving a scintillating performance of the song. But Schaefer, who died on Dec. 8 at age 87 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had another claim to fame. His brief affair with …