If the phrases “Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman” confirmed within the credit, it was at all times signal. Sadly, Marilyn has handed away on the age of 93, in accordance with Variety.
The companions in life and work, who have been truly born at the same Brooklyn hospital, teamed up within the late Nineteen Fifties. The checklist of their collaborators reads like a who’s who of Twentieth-century composers and singers. Their earliest work, setting phrases to music written by Lew Spence, will be discovered on albums by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
Their first work on Broadway was the 1964 musical One thing Extra!, working with composer Sammy Fain. In 1967, they scored their first movie credit score, collaborating with Quincy Jones on the title music to the Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger basic In The Warmth of the Night time for Ray Charles. Their first Oscar got here the next 12 months, working with Michel Legrand on “The Windmills of Your Thoughts,” from The Thomas Crowne Affair.
The couple would win two further Oscars, each for collaborations with Barbra Streisand. The primary was for writing the lyrics to Marvin Hamlisch’s composition The Method We Had been (sure, a line like “misty watercolored reminiscences” doesn’t fall from the sky, folks must create it), and the second was for the rating to Streisand’s masterpiece Yentl (once more, in collaboration with Legrand.)
All informed, the Bergmans have been nominated for 16 Oscars. In 1983, they have been up for 3 of the 5: for “How Do You Preserve the Music Enjoying?” from Finest Buddies (with Legrand), for “If We Had been In Love” from Sure, Giorgio (with John Williams), and, on this author’s opinion, the quintessential Nineteen Eighties film music, “It Would possibly Be You” from Tootsie (with Dave Grusin). The winners ended up being Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings for “Up The place We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman. Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III was additionally a nominee. Sizzling rattling, what a 12 months!
The pair have been nominated for eight Emmys and gained 4 (amongst them for the tv movie Sybil and 1995’s Barbra: The Live performance). They have been additionally nominated for 12 Grammys and gained two. (Track of the Yr for The Method We Had been and Album of Finest Authentic Rating Written for a Movement Image or a Tv Particular for a similar, plus a Trustees Award in 2013). Different hits that earned them nominations embody “You Don’t Carry Me Flowers,” written in collaboration with Neil Diamond.
Then there are the songs everyone is aware of however doesn’t actually take into consideration, just like the themes to Good Occasions (“Momentary layoffs! Simple credit score ripoffs!”) and Maude (“After which there’s Maude!”).
Regarding the collaborative nature of her profession, Marilyn stated in an interview, “it’s uncommon I do know. Somebody stated it’s like three folks making a child.”
In 1994, Marilyn was elected President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), after 5 phrases as the primary lady to serve on the board of administrators. She stepped down in 2009.
Information of her passing was met by fond remembrances from colleagues.
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