Will Fowler was an American writer/journalist/composer
of American Nocturn, Yesterglow,
Morning in Manhattan, Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
and He's So Married, which was recorded
by Doris Day in 1959. He wrote the bestseller,
The Young Man From Denver, a biography of
his famous father, Gene Fowler, as well as
The Second Handshake, and Reporters: Memoirs
of a Young Newspaperman.
Will Fowler was also a writer on TV's
The Red Skelton Show (1952-53), and
co-founder of the Greater Los Angeles Press
Club. Fowler was the Los Angeles Examiner
journalist (1944-47) who claimed to be the
first on the scene of the infamous
Black Dahlia murder. The sensational murder
of Elizabeth Short, who was severed
at the waist, remains unsolved.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: William Randolph Fowler
Date and place of birth: August 29, 1922,
Jamaica Hospital, Jamaica, New York, U.S.A.
Date, place and cause of death: April 14, 2004,
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, California, U.S.A. (Prostate cancer)
Wife: Beverly Blanchard (m. February 7, 1943)
Wedding took place at the West Los Angeles Methodist Church,
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Sons: Will Timothy Fowler (known as Willie Fowler) and Michael Fowler
Daughters: Claudia Fowler, Jenny Gene Fowler, and Kiku
Father: Gene Fowler (an author and screenwriter) (b. March 8, 1890,
Denver, Colorado - d. July 2, 1960, at approximately 4:00 p.m.,
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California)
Mother: Agnes (Hubbard) Fowler
Burial site: Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.A.
The most in-depth of more than two dozen
sources consulted in preparing this profile,
was Will Fowler's 1962 autobiographical book,
The Young Man from Denver.
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