Leonard Bernstein: the man at the center of Bradley Cooper's 'Maestro'
Leonard Bernstein is considered one of the most important conductors of his generation. Noted for his accomplishments in both classical and popular music, he was also a composer, pianist, music educator, author, and humanitarian. The forthcoming biographical movie 'Maestro' starring Bradley Cooper as Bernstein reexamines the conductor's personal life, but has come under criticism from some quarters over the actor's use of a prosthetic nose in his depiction of the musician, who was Jewish. According to news reports, however, Bernstein's children have been quick to rush to Cooper's defense for his portrayal of their father. Whatever the outcome of this latest cinematic backlash, Bernstein's undeniable genius and musical legacy remains unblemished. Let's remind ourselves of the life and career of one of the 20th century's greatest and most flamboyant composers. Click through and fine-tune your knowledge of Leonard Bernstein.