MEILHAC, HENRI (1831-1897), French dramatist, was born in Paris on the 21st of February 1831, and while a young man began writing fanciful articles for the newspapers and vaudevilles for the theatres, in a vivacious boulevardier spirit which brought him to the front. About 1860 he met Ludovic Halevy, and the two began a collaboration in writing for the stage which lasted for twenty years. An account of their work is given under HALEVY. Meilhac wrote a few pieces with lesser collaborators. In 1888 he was elected to the Academy. He died at Paris in 1897.
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