Lawrence Holofcener, who has died aged 91, enjoyed success as a Broadway actor, director and lyricist, but became better known in his later years as the sculptor responsible for Allies, a lifesize public work featuring a bronze Winston Churchill chatting companionably on a park bench with Franklin D Roosevelt.
The work became a popular tourist attraction after it was unveiled in Bond Street by Princess Margaret in 1995 to commemorate 50 years of peace since the end of the war.
Holofcener began his career in the 1950s as a lyricist in collaboration with Jerry Bock (who would achieve fame with Fiddler on the Roof), contributing music and lyrics to the musical Catch a Star, which was a flop, before joining with George Weiss to write the score for Mr Wonderful, the 1956 Broadway show starring Sammy Davis Jr which ran for 383 performances.
On stage he played Cornelius in the 1964 Broadway production...
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