If the phrases “Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman” confirmed within the credit, it was all the time signal. Sadly, Marilyn has handed away on the age of 93, based on Selection.
The companions in life and work, who had been truly born on the identical Brooklyn hospital, teamed up within the late Fifties. The listing 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, may 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 traditional In The Warmth of the Night time for Ray Charles. Their first Oscar got here the next yr, working with Michel Legrand on “The Windmills of Your Thoughts,” from The Thomas Crowne Affair.
The couple would win two extra Oscars, each for collaborations with Barbra Streisand. The primary was for writing the lyrics to Marvin Hamlisch’s composition The Means We Have been (sure, a line like “misty watercolored recollections” doesn’t fall from the sky, folks need to create it), and the second was for the rating to Streisand’s masterpiece Yentl (once more, in collaboration with Legrand.)
All informed, the Bergmans had been nominated for 16 Oscars. In 1983, they had been up for 3 of the 5: for “How Do You Preserve the Music Enjoying?” from Greatest Pals (with Legrand), for “If We Have been In Love” from Sure, Giorgio (with John Williams), and, on this author’s opinion, the quintessential 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 yr!
The pair had been nominated for eight Emmys and gained 4 (amongst them for the tv movie Sybil and 1995’s Barbra: The Live performance). They had been additionally nominated for 12 Grammys and gained two. (Tune of the 12 months for The Means We Have been and Album of Greatest Unique 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 all people is aware of however doesn’t actually take into consideration, just like the themes to Good Instances (“Short-term 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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