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03-14 AshmanOn March 14, 1991, award-winning lyricist Howard Ashman died of complications from AIDS. In his short life, he had written the songs from some of the most successful musicals on stage or screen in the modern era, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. During his career, he won one Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Golden Globes, two Oscars, and five Grammys. For Broadway adaptations of his Disney musicals, he has also been nominated for three Tony Awards, having received one other (for the musical, Smile) before his death at the age of 40.

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