Born in New York City, Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome's musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies are Free. Later Gershe wrote another play, Snacks, intended for Tony Danza.
He wrote the lyrics for the "Born in a Trunk" sequence from the Judy Garland/James Mason musical A Star Is Born. In the 1950s, Gershe wrote ten scripts for the Ann Sothern sitcom Private Secretary. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Lucy Show. His screen credits include Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Butterflies Are Free.
- 1958 Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, Written Directly for the Screen (Funny Face)
- 1958 Writers Guild of America Award for Best American Musical (Funny Face)
- 1973 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Butterflies Are Free)
- 1974 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (40 Carats)
- Gershe and Garland were born on the same day. Roger Edens, who wrote the music, was not credited due to a contractual issue. Personal letter to Jim Johnson Archived 2009-01-20 at the Wayback Machine