Film Composer, Songwriter, and Jazz Pianist.
The legendary French film composer Michel Legrand was laid to rest Friday after a final standing ovation in a Paris theatre decorated to look like one of his favorite movies. The musician who scored such French screen classics as "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and "The Young Ladies of Rochefort" -- both starring Catherine Deneuve and directed by Jacques Demy -- died on Saturday aged 86.
A writer of music scores for over 200 film and television shows such as "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964), "Le Mans" (1971), "Lady Sings the Blues" (1972), "The Three Musketeers" (1973), "The Other Side of Midnight" (1977), and "Les Misérables" (1995). As a songwriter, he earned his first Academy Award for "The Windmills of Your Mind" from "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968), which became a hit record for Dusty Springfield the following year. He also won Oscars for his film scores for "Summer of '42" (1971) and "Yentl" (1983). His songs have become standards with jazz musicians worldwide.
They include "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "Watch What Happens," "The Summer Knows," and "You Must Believe in Spring." He recorded a number of jazz albums over the years, often working with such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Phil Woods, Hank Jones, and Art Farmer. He was married twice, first to Catherine Michel and then, for the last 5 years of his life to Macha Méril.
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